Dr Marcel Stoetzler

MA (Greenwich), PhD (Middlesex)

Marcel Stoetzler
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
01248 382758
Room 007, Neuadd Ogwen


Marcel Stoetzler is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Bangor University, Wales. He studied at Hamburg University, Germany, and at the Universities of Greenwich and Middlesex (both London). He has held an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at Goldsmiths College (University of London) and a Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester. He works on social and political theory, intellectual history and historical sociology, and has lately concentrated on various aspects of modern antisemitism, especially its interconnections with liberalism and nationalism and the emergence of the discipline of sociology.

He has also published on problems of feminism, critical theory ('Frankfurt School'), Hannah Arendt, and (different ways of reading) Karl Marx. His first book, The State, the Nation and the Jews, Liberalism and the Antisemitism Dispute in Bismarck’s Germany, was published in 2008 by the University of Nebraska Press. He has published an edited volume on Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology, also with the University of Nebraska Press, in 2014. His new book Beginning Classical Social Theory, has just been published with Manchester University Press.
He serves on the editorial board of Patterns of Prejudice and is a fellow at the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester.
He has two principal research projects:

  • one, the continuities and discontinuities between classical social theory and critical theory;
  • two, the roles of notions of culture, race, nation, gender and sexuality for accounts and critiques of modernization, and the hope for emancipation that it came with, in progressive and reactionary social and intellectual movements.

Currently he works on a monograph on Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, the first outlines of the argument of which are sketched out in this article.

Marcel's CV

Marcel runs the SocTheoryBangor webpage: https://www.facebook.com/SocTheoryBangor/

Beginning Classical Social Theory, Manchester University Press, 2017

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Hyperlinks are inserted wherever available. For complete list of publications please see CV.

On general social theory:






On the history and theory of antisemitism:





- Reviews of Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology:










- Reviews of The State, the Nation, and the Jews:

On Critical Theory:

On feminist theory:

Teaching and Administration


Marcel Stoetzler teaches the second year module ‘Sociological Theory’ (SXS-2035), the third year module ‘Sociological Theory Today’ (SXS-3003) and the MA module ‘Culture, Race and Civilization’. In 2012, he was short-listed for a ‘Student-Led Teaching Award’ in the category ‘Innovation’.

  • He is principal supervisor of Barbara Neukirchinger's doctorate on disability, intersectionality theory and critical theory and co-supervisor of Anna-Katharina Luepke's doctorate on the Biafra conflict. He has been a member of the supervisory board of several other PhD students.
  • He contributes to the team-taught Undergraduate Dissertation module.
  • He maintains the contact with the Freie Universität Berlin, with whom the School has recently established an Erasmus exchange.
  • He is a peer reviewer for Patterns of Prejudice, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Current Sociology, Feminist Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book and European Societies.
  • He recently examined a PhD for Kings College, London (Centre for Hellenic Studies).


  • He is Senior Tutor for the School of Social Science.

Other activities


February-August 2017

Marcel was a visiting research fellow at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck College, London, during his study leave.

Member of the ‘Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership’


Member of the editorial board of Patterns of Prejudice

May 16, 2013

Organized Higher Education Academy workshop on ‘Letting the Students Be, Responsibly: Learning, Experience and Standardisation in Higher Education’ at Bangor University, School of Social Science

June 28-29, 2012

Co-organised the international conference ‘Intersectionality and the Spaces of Belonging’, Bangor University, UK [http://berg.bangor.ac.uk/index.php.en?menu=0&catid=0]

November 2-3, 2008

organised the international conference ‘Antisemitism and the Emergence of Sociological Theory’; conference website: http://www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/subjectareas/religionstheology/anti/

October 5, 2007

co-organized with Christine Achinger a double panel on ‘Liberalism, Nationalism, and Antisemitism’ at the annual conference of the German Studies Association GSA in San Diego

February 11, 2005

organised (with Prof. Vic Seidler) the day conference ‘Masks of Antisemitism’ at Goldsmiths College, University of London

July 7-8, 1999

organised (with Prof. Yuval-Davis) the Interim Conference of the International Sociological Association, Research Council 05 on Race, Ethnic and Minority Relations at the universities of Tel Aviv and East Jerusalem

Research Interests

  • Sociological theory
  • Social and political theory and their history
  • Historical sociology
  • Jewish emancipation and antisemitism
  • Gender, race and ethnicity
  • Nationalism and the nation state
  • Feminist theory, especially ‘standpoint theory’, ‘transversal politics’ and ‘intersectionality’
  • Critical theory, especially the 'Frankfurt School'
  • Marxist theory
  • Contemporary social movements
  • Fascism