Prof. Dr. Stefan Leins

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Stefan Leins is assistant professor in anthropology, focusing on cultures of economy. Before joining the department in August 2019, he was a senior lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies of the University of Zurich and a member of the research program Anthropology of Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He taught anthropology at the universities of Liechtenstein, Lucerne, NTNU Trondheim and Zurich.

Leins is interested in theories of capitalism and works on commodity trading, supply chains, financial analysis, forecasting practices, Islamic finance, socially responsible investing, the history of economic knowledge and the narrative dimension of finance. His first book Stories of Capitalism: Inside the Role of Financial Analysts was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2018.

From January 2017 to December 2018, Leins co-coordinated and conducted research in the project Valueworks: Effects of Financialization along the Copper Value Chain, which was funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS). In 2017, he also won the Mercator Award in the category humanities and social sciences.

Stefan Leins regularly publishes in newspapers, blogs and scientific journals on the cultural characteristics and practices in banking and commodity trading. His research has been portrayed several times in German-language newspapers (NZZ, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tages-Anzeiger, Tages-Anzeiger Magazin, TAZ, WOZ, Zeit Campus)