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Jürgen Mackert is Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam. His research interests include sociological theory and methodology; the theory of social closure; collective violence; political economy; the sociology of citizenship. Recent publications: The Secret Society of Torturers. Explaining the Social Generation of Extremely Violent Behaviour. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 2015; Explaining Terrorist Behavior. Secrecy, Social Relations, and the Dynamics of Terrorism. Revue de Synthèse, 2014; Social Closure, in Jeff Manza (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford: Oxford University Press. With Bryan S. Turner, he co-edited The Transformation of Citizenship, 3 volumes, 2017. His latest publication is Populism and the Crisis of Democracy, 3 volumes, which he has co-edited with Gregor Fitzi and Bryan S. Turner (2018).