Gitte Sommer Harrits

PhD, Academic Vice Rector, VIA University College


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Master and PhD in Political Science.

Has done research in social classes, social categories, professional work, encounters between citizens and professionals, and professional organizations.

Former associate professor and director of studies, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. 

From March 2020 Academic Vice Rector at VIA University College.

From January 2019 Research Director at VIA Univeristy College.

From September 2018 Director of Research, Center for Leadership and Organizational Development, VIA University College.

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science, PhD Political Science

May 2001Nov 2005

Political Science, MA Political Science, Aarhus University

… → Apr 2001


Gæsteforsker, University of Kansas

Aug 2016Jun 2017

Studieleder, Aarhus University

Feb 2013Jan 2016

Lektor, Aarhus University

Aug 2010Aug 2018

Adjunkt, Aarhus University

Aug 2007Jul 2010

Adjunkt, CCWS, Aalborg University

Nov 2005Jul 2007


  • social inclusion
  • habitus
  • research methodology
  • inclusion
  • social inheritance
  • management
  • organization development
  • education, professions and jobs
  • social exclusion
  • stigmatization


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