Stefan Leins

Stefan Leins, Dr.


Phone: +41 44 635 22 28

Room number: AND 5.28

Short Bio

I am 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). I have taught anthropology at the universities of Zurich, Lucerne, Liechtenstein and NTNU Trondheim. I am interested in the culture of economies and theories of capitalism and work 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. My first book Stories of Capitalism: Inside the Role of Financial Analysts has been published by the University of Chicago Press in 2018. Since January 2017, I am co-coordinating and conducting research in the project Valueworks: Effects of Financialization along the Copper Value Chain, which is funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS). In 2017, I won the Mercator Award in the category humanities and social sciences.


Reportage „Du nennst mich Banker? Beleidigung!“, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 1.Februar 2016

Interview „Reden wir über Geld“, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 1. Juli 2016 (PDF, 224 KB)