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Prof. Dr.
Ansgar Thiel

Prof. Dr.
Ansgar Thiel

Ansgar Thiel is Director of the Institute of Sports Science at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and holds a Professorial Chair for Sport Sociology. Ansgar Thiel studied sports science, psychology, and psychogerontology. He completed his PhD and habilitation in sport sociology.

Prior to joining Eberhard Karls University Tübingen in 2004, Ansgar was a Professor for Sports Sociology at the Technical University of Chemnitz. Additionally, he was offered professorships from the University of Paderborn, the University of Berne/CH, and the German Sport University Cologne. He also held visiting scholarships at the University of Hawaii, USA, and at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. 

Ansgar Thiel’s research interest comprise:

  • Sociology of sport, health and the body,
  • (In)activity and health biographies
  • Biopsychosocial health in elite sports
  • Impact of body-related stigmatization on health and activity


Ansgar Thiel has published more than 180 articles in refereed journals, volumes, and handbooks. Some of his key papers are published in the journals Sociology of Sport Journal, PLos ONE, BMC Public Health, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Biological Psychology, and Computers in Human Behavior. He published 20 books (monographs) in the field of sociology, for example “Sportsoziologie [Sports Sociology] (2013; with K. Seiberth and J. Mayer); Soziologie des Sports [Sociology of Sport] (2000); with K. Cachay, and Soziale Konflikte [Social Conflicts] (2003). Ansgar also edited several volumes in the areas of sociology, health, and education.

Ansgar is the current editor-in-chief of the European Journal for Sport and Society.

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