George Steinmetz, professor of sociology at the University of Michigan, is a leading scholar in the contemporary field of historical sociology. His most recent book is The Devil’s Handwriting: Precoloniality and the German Colonial State in Qingdao, Samoa, and Southwest Africa, and his volume The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences: Positivism and Its Epistemological Others is a major contribution to current debates on the methods and aims of the social sciences today. Here is a video interview and conversation I conducted with George at the University of Michigan this month. Quite a few of George’s academic papers are available on his website.
This is part of an ongoing series of interviews I am conducting with innovative social scientists. The goal of the series is to provide a forum in which some very innovative and productive thinkers are able to reflect on some of the ideas and perspectives that are creating innovative work in sociology today. Visit my research page for links to prior interviews. All the videos are available on YouTube.