Marc Helbling

Principal Investigator

Marc Helbling is full professor at the Department of Sociology and the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim and a Research Fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. His research fields include immigration and citizenship politics, nationalism, xenophobia/islamophobia.



Research collaborators



Tariq Abou-Chadi

Tarik Abou-Chadi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the Unviersity of Zurich. His research focuses on political competition, elections and the transformation of politics in post-industrial societies. He currently is the PI of a project investigating the effect of social status threat on electoral behavior.



Valentin Berger

Valentin T. Z. Berger is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Chair of Political Sociology at the University of Bamberg. He holds a Master degree in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz and University of Warsaw. In his doctoral thesis, he investigates the influence of radical right parties on sub-areas of migration policies in Western industrialized countries.


Magdalena Breyer

Magdalena Breyer is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich. She studied Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Freiburg. Her PhD project focuses on the effect of immigration policies and gender equality on social status and voting behavior.


Samuel D. Schmid

Sam Schmid is a PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in World Society and Global Governance from the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. His dissertation, which is supervised by Rainer Bauböck and Maarten Vink, analyzes the relationship between immigration and citizenship policies in immigrant-receiving democracies.


Stephan Simon

Stephan Simon is a researcher and doctoral candidate at the Chair of Political Sociology at the University of Bamberg. He currently develops his dissertation topic and teaches seminars about ethnic discrimination and ethnic exclusion at the University of Bamberg. His research interests comprise ethnic discrimination, social inequalities, immigration policies and global religious movements.




Former Research collaborators

PhD students

Liv Bierre

Friederike Römer

Malisa Zobel



Student assistants

Anne Bohm

Florian Eyert

Maren Hahnen

Jonas Kahle

Dorina Kalkum

Andrea Pürckhauer

Hannah Schilling