Matias Dewey

Matias Dewey

Matias Dewey

PD Dr.

Senior Researcher

Büro 52-7124
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 8
9000 St. Gallen
Main Focuses

Political Sociology

Economic Sociology of Illegal Markets

Sociological Theory

Qualitative research methods

Sociology of Law

Fields of research

Illegal Markets

Politics and Law Enforcement

Fashion Industry

Informal State


2020 Habilitation in Sociology at the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany

2008 PhD in Politics at the University of Rostock, Germany

2002 Licenciatura in Sociology at the University Del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Professional Career

From 2020: Senior Researcher, Institute of Sociology at the University of St. Gallen  

2011 – 2020: Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne  

2010 – 2011: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies, Hamburg  

2004 – 2009: PhD Student, Social Science Faculty, Rostock University  

2002 – 2003: Research Assistant, University of Salvador, Argentina  

2001 – 2002: Trainee, Interdisciplinary Center for Latin American Development, Argentina 

Teaching Activities

FS2021: Soziologie der Illegalität

HS2020: Sociology of Illegality

FS2019: Wirtschaftssoziologie illegaler Märkte, University of Duisburg-Essen (BA)

2016: Markets and Time, University of Cologne (MA)

2014/2015: Sociology of Fashion, University of Cologne (MA)  

2009: Introduction to Luhmann‘s Theory of Systems, University Del Salvador, Argentina (BA)

2009: Sociology of Law and Luhmann’s Theory of Systems, University Del Salvador, Argentina (BA)

2002 – 2003: Social Theory, University Del Salvador, Argentina (BA) 


2021-2022: In the shadows: explaining the rise of fast-fashion sweatshop- based economies in Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires 

2011-2020: Illegal Markets under Crisis Conditions. Carried out at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies  

  • Board Member of the Economic Sociology Research Network, European Sociological Association
  • “Global Ambassador” (Germany), Economic Sociology Section, American Sociological Association
  • Member of the Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences  

2019 Journal Article Prize for his article “The Other Taxation: An Ethnographic Account of ‘Off-the-Books’ State Financing” (Latin American Research Review 53, 4, 2018). Awarded by the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG, Cologne, Germany.