Sebastian Kübel

Doctoral Researcher

Curriculum Vitae

Sebastian L. Kübel obtained his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Freiburg, Germany. He joined the Department of Criminology in May 2020 as a PhD student and works in the ERC funded CRIMETIME project (ERC Consolidator Grant 772911). In his PhD project, Sebastian examines the role of short-term mindsets in the victim-offender overlap, and which (personal and environmental) factors condition short-term mindsets. For this purpose, he uses longitudinal data from the Zurich Project on the Social Development from Childhood to Adulthood (z-proso). Sebastian is mainly interested in criminological theory, and human time perception and time perspectives’ effects on decision-making and behavior.

Pro­fes­sio­nal Ap­point­ments:

  • 2020-pre­sent: PhD student, Max Planck In­sti­tu­te for the Stu­dy of Cri­me, Se­cu­ri­ty and Law, Department of Criminology, Frei­burg, Ger­ma­ny
Pro­fes­sio­nal Ex­pe­ri­ence:
  • 2016-2020: Re­se­arch Fel­low, Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health, Freiburg, Germany; supervisor: Marc Wittmann
  • 2014-2015: Student Research Assistant at the University Clinic Freiburg: Department of Neurology; supervisor: Roza Umarova
  • 2014-2015: Student Research Assistant at the Brain State Decoding Lab, Freiburg, Germany; supervisor: Michael Tangermann


  • 2019: M.Sc. Clinical Psychology, Neurosciences, and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2016: B.Sc. Psychology, University of Freiburg, Germany


Short-Term Mindsets and Crime

Head of project: Jean-Louis van Gelder
Why are some people more likely to commit crime than others? Answers to this question, which is at the heart of criminology, can be grouped into two broad views. On the one hand, dispositional perspec­tives argue that stable factors within the individual, such as lack of self-control, lie at the roots of… more

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