Scientific Career

2019 – presentProfessor of Sociology at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürngerg (FAU)
2018 – 2019Visiting researcher at the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences of UT Dallas, USA
2017 – 2019Heisenberg Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Culture at Leipzig University
2016 – 2017Coordinator of an application for a collaborative research center (CRC / SFB) at TU Berlin
2013 – 2015Guest professor for urban sociology and the sociology of space at TU Darmstadt
2013Habilitation at the Faculty of History and Social Sciences, TU Darmstadt 
2012Visiting scholar and guest of Professor Peter L. Berger at the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, Boston University, USA
2007Ph.D. at the Faculty of History and Social Sciences, TU Darmstadt
2002 – 2013Research fellow and lecturer at the Department of Sociology, TU Darmstadt
2000 – 2001Bauhaus Kolleg, postgraduate course in urban studies, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
2000One semester abroad for studies in philosophy, St. Louis University, USA
1999Diploma in sociology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt/M.
1993 – 1999Studies in sociology, philosophy and economics, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt/M.

Main Areas of Research

  • Sociological Theory (especially Sociology of Knowledge) and History of Sociology 
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Architecture
  • Urban Sociology and Sociology of Space
  • Qualitative Research Methods


Knoblauch, Hubert/ Steets, Silke (2018): Sacred Canopies and Invisible Religions: The Dialectical Construction of Religion in Berger and Luckmann. In: Hjelm, Titus (Ed.): Peter L. Berger and the Sociology of Religion: 50 Years After The Sacred Canopy. London/New York, Bloomsbury, pp. 85–101.

Berking, Helmuth/ Schwenk, Jochen/ Steets, Silke (eds.) (2018): Religious Pluralism and the City: Inquiries into Postsecular Urbanism. London/New York, Bloomsbury.