Karl-Dieter Opp is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Leipzig in Germany and Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Cologne.
Professor Opp has taught at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg; University of Washington; International University Bremen; University of Hamburg; Swiss Technical University; Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences; Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts; and Indiana University.
The author more than 140 articles, he is also the author or editor of twenty-five books, including The Rationality of Political Protest. A Comparative Analysis of Rational Choice Theory (with Peter and Petra Hartmann); Social Institutions. Their Emergence, Maintenance and Effects (edited with Michael Hechter and Reinhard Wippler); Origins of a Spontaneous Revolution (with Peter Voss and Christiane Gern); Special issue of "Rationality and Society" on Revolution (edited with Jack Goldstone); Social Norms (edited with Michael Hechter); and Political Protest and Social Movements. A Multidisciplinary Introduction, Critique and Synthesis.