Regular & Affiliated Fellows

BIGSSS hosts more than 110 international fellows in its Regular and Affiliated PhD Program. Please find below their research profiles, publications and contact information.

BIGSSS fellows of Thematic Field A

BIGSSS fellows of Thematic Field B

BIGSSS fellows of Thematic Field C

Fellows

Thematic Field A "Global Governance and Regional Integration"

Marufa Akter
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66414

John Anton Berten
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66422

Research Interests
Social Policy
Political Sociology
Qualitative Methods
Global Social Policy
Sociological Theory
Sociology and Anthropology of Numbers and Quantification
International Organizations
Theories of World Society
Luhmannian Systems Theory
Constructivist Methodology
Discourse Analysis

Tatia Chikhladze
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 69620

Henning Deters
Thematic Field A

Alexandru Filip
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66392

Saipira Furstenberg
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 69587

Lisa Heindl
Thematic Field A

Michelle Hollman
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66446

Research Interests
European Union Studies
Comparative Politics
Interest Representation (in the EU)
Organisational Studies
Interest Group Politics

Eva Johais
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66401

Research Interests
Global political ethnography
Interpretive policy analysis
Intervention research
Statebuilding and state-formation
Practice theory

Igor Jovanoski
Thematic Field A
Janosch Neil Kullenberg
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66387

Research Interests
Global governance and international organisations
Political Sociology
Armed conflict & Forced migration
Peacekeeping, humanitarianism, development aid, particulary in regards to the 'Protection of Civilians'
Qualitative methods/ Ethnography
Geographic focus: West, Central and East Africa

Gesche Lange
Thematic Field A

Alla Leukavets
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 69620

Tom Lindemann
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66407

Research Interests

  • Theories of international relations
  • International organizations and institutions
  • International Political Economy

Sergiu-Matei Lucaci
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66436

Linda Monsees
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 218 66447

Research Interests
My research is concerned with security practices in a technological society. More specifically, I research encryption system as a crucial technology for internet security.
While the empirical focus lies on a discourse analysis on the struggles over encryption, I am especially interested in the effects on state-citizen relations. Thus, my research combines an interest in political theory with interpretative empirical research. 


My main research focus lies in the field of International Relations, with a particular interest in:

  • Critical Security Studies
  • Political Theory
  • Networked Technologies ('Digitalisation')

Daniel Palm
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66438

Claudio Pardo Enrico
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66377

Sarah Perumalla
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66405

Research Interests
International Relations
Development Research
Global Environmental Governance
International Environmental Law
International Organisations
Sustainable Development

Dennis Redeker
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66454

Research Interests

  • Internet Governance
  • Transnational Relations
  • Politicization
  • Digital Constitutionalism
  • Multistakeholderism
  • Digital Culture Safeguarding

Clémentine Roth (née Chaigneau)
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66441

Research Interests
South-East Europe
European Enlargement
Serbia, Croatia

Angelika Wiebke Schenk
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 67488

Klaas Schüller
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 200 4310

Esther Somfalvy
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66433

Research Interests
Comparative Politics
Authoritarian Regimes
Electoral Systems

Frank Stengel
Thematic Field A
Simon Tunderman
Thematic Field A
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66402

Research Interests
Global Political Economy
Post-structuralist discourse theory
Science and Technology Studies

Stefan Wallaschek
Thematic Field A
Equal Opportunity Officer
Tel.: +49 421 218 66421

Research Interests

  • Theories of Solidarity
  • Political Communication
  • European Politics
  • Migration and Refugee Studies
  • Discourse Network Analysis
  • Contemporary Political Theory

PhD project description:

Solidarity is one of the contested claims in public debates about the 'Eurozone crisis' and the dealing of the EU member states with refugees at the European borders. Astonishingly, solidarity has hardly been examined in the social sciences. In my PhD project I will take a closer look at solidarity and my main question is: Which conflicts between actors regarding their meanings and justifications of solidarity can be identified in the political and media arena in Ireland and Germany? If we understand politics as a mode of different interpretation about political problems and solutions, we have to consider the relevance of ideas on solidarity in this process. Therefore I examine the contested history of solidarity as well as the different meanings of solidarity, named as "patterns of solidarity". My empirical investigation of these patterns will take place in the public discourse (parliamentary and media arena). For Germany and Ireland, I will analyze two debates, the economic crisis in the ‘eurozone’ and the refugee and asylum crisis in the European Union (EU) from 2010 to 2015. In both topics, solidarity is an important claim about the support for other EU member states in times of crisis or the help for refugees while they try to cross the Mediterranean. With a discourse network analysis I can shed light on the numerous ideas on solidarity and the actors who act in favor of solidary action or refuse to act in solidarity.

Florian Wittmann
Thematic Field A
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66453

Research Interests
Comparative Politics
European Union Studies
Mixed Methods

Anna Wolkenhauer
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66413

Research Interests
Political Sociology
International Relations
Qualitative Methods
Development Studies
Social Policy/Social Protection in developing countries
Southern Africa; Zambia
Ethnography
Practice Theory
Global social policy
States in Sub-Saharan Africa

Thematic Field B "Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life"

Jennie Auffenberg
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66463

Research Interests

  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Employment Relations
  • Public Sector Marketization
  • Non-state Market Regulation

Regina Becker
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 58514

Christine Borowsky
Thematic Field B

Research Interests

  • Family and Spatial Mobility
  • Social Inequality and Gender
  • Urban Sociology
  • Quantitative Methods

Christoph Burkhardt
Thematic Field B

Katharina Bürkin
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 58515

Stephan Dochow
Thematic Field B
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66417

Research Interests
Intergroup Relations
Migration Studies
Quantitative Methods

Ulrike Ehrlich
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66434

Research Interests
Family Sociology
Sociology of Life Course
Social Inequality and Gender
Quantitative Methods

Anna Fejös
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66395

Timm Fulge
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 67470

Jean-Yves Gerlitz
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66416

Research Interests
Inequality
Social Stratification
Sociology of Work

Björn Gernig
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66383

Janne Grote
Thematic Field B

Steffen Hagemann
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 58568

Maximillian Held
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66406

Research Interests
Political Sociology
Deliberative Democracy
Q Methodology
Taxation
More information at http://www.maxheld.de

Anders Martin Paul Hentschel
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66444

Lukas Hoppe
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66426

Research Interests

  • Migration Studies
  • Inequality
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Neighborhood Effects and Representations
  • Integration Research
  • Dynamic Poverty Analysis
  • Event History Analysis






 

Nepomuk Hurch
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66419

Gulnaz Isabekova
Thematic Field B
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 69587

Andreas Katsikidis
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66445

Andreas Katsikidis
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66445

Markus Kiesel
Thematic Field B

Katharina Klug
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66366

Research Interests
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Public Health
Occupational Health Psychology
Health Inequalities
Work-Life Balance

Laura Kollmann
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66455

Maike Marleen Koschorreck
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66460

Research Interests

  • Migration Studies
  • Education
  • Social Inequality
  • Institutional Discrimination
  • Intersectionality
  • Qualitative Research Methods (Ethnography, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis)

Sarah-Elisa Krasnov (née Nees)
Thematic Field B

Thomas Lux
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 58630

Franziska Matthes
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66396

Research Interests
Education
Inequality

Dragan Mihajlovic
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66384

Research Interests
Political Sociology
Education

Lara Minkus
Thematic Field B
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66452

Research Interests
Gender
Sociology of Work
Inequality

Christian Möllmann
Thematic Field B
Alina Neitzert
Thematic Field B

Matthias Pohlig
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66388

Research Interests
Welfare State Research
Sociology of Life Course
Social Stratification
Individual Actors and 'Agency'
Labour Markets, Unemployment and Mobility
Sequence analysis
Research Ethics

Arline Rave
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66425

Research Interests
Social health inequality, Mechanisms and Determinants of Social Health Inequalities, Health Inequality Measurement, Health Care Systems and Politics, systematic review and meta-analysis

Fatma Rebeggiani (née Ebcinoglu)
Thematic Field B

Mauricio Reichenbachs
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66386

Andrea Schäfer
Thematic Field B
Elena Sommer
Thematic Field B

Daria Ukhova
Thematic Field B
Equal Opportunity Officer
Tel.: +49 421 218 66399

Research Interests

Gender
Inequality
Family Sociology

A rapid rise of income inequality across a large number of countries witnessed in the recent decades is increasingly drawing attention of both academics and policy makers. It is now widely argued that high and rising income inequality has profound negative impacts both in economic and social domains – from slowing down of economic growth to undermining population health, among others. The issue that, however, so far has received a rather limited attention in these debates are the potential implications of the rising income inequality for gender relations and gender inequality, especially, in the household. And this is the area where my project aims to make a contribution. In particular, I analyse the impacts of increasing income inequality on gender division of housework and childcare across 19 developed countries.

Nora Waitkus
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66419

Research Interests
Social Inequality
Sociology of Wealth
Social Class Analysis
Comparative Sociology
Quantitative Methods

Elizabeth Ramsey Wise
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66462

Research Interests
Social Stratification
Education
Gender

Ramsey Wise
is pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Sciences in the area of Welfare States, Inequality and Quality of Life (Field B). Her dissertation focuses on changing socio-institutional structures in Germany and how these impact educational returns in the labor market during the early career.

Patricia Zauchner
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 58578

Research Interests
Collective Decision Making
Deliberation
Distributive Justice

Thematic Field C "Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts"

Kwaku Arhin-Sam
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3962

Research Interests
Migration Studies
Social Networks
Development Research
Migration and Reintegration Policy Analysis

Hilal Arslan (née Galip)
Thematic Field C

Nazan Avci
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3954

Sisay Ayele
Thematic Field C

Carolin Baur
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3072

Research Interests
Ethical Behavior and Decision Making in Management
Decision Making related to Environmental Issues

Adriana Berrueto
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3953

Nadine Binder
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3962

Research Interests
Intercultural competence and communication
Intercultural learning
Intercultural training design
Intergroup relations
Cross-cultural psychology

Mark Burdick
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

Research Interests
Digital Social Science, Internet Research, Study of Worldviews, Social Network Analysis, Semantic Analysis, Sentiment Analysis, Media Studies, Narrative Analysis, Experimental Philosophy, Moral Psychology, Ethics

Emanuel Deutschmann
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3496

Georgi Dragolov
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 2003409

Research Interests
Social cohesion
Quality of life, well-being, life satisfaction, happiness
Social inequality and stratification

Catalina Diana Dumitru (née Enache)
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3961

Research Interests
Social Networks

Leslie Gauditz
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 218 58577

Research Interests
Political Sociology
Social Networks
Refugees
Social movements

Timo Graf
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3962

Lusine Grigoryan
Thematic Field C
Equal Opportunity Officer
Tel.: +49 421 200 3962

Research Interests
Social Psychology
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Intergroup Relations
Social Identity
Prejudice
Values

Henrik Jacobsen
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3072

Malgorzata Jakubowska
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3966

Research Interests
Psychology of emotions
Psychology of religion
Anti-atheism
Gamification in education & daily life tasks
Philosophy of science

Alyona Khaptsova
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

Markus Klingel
Thematic Field C
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 200 3966

Research Interests
Couple Psychology & Family Sociology
Life Course and Life Span Research
Social, Differential, Developmental and Gerontopsychology
Mixed Methods
Theory of Science

Alan Law
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

Research Interests
Developmental Psychology
Lifespan Psychology
Personality development
Wisdom
Adolescence

Anne Leiser
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3961

Research Interests
Anne Leiser graduated from Jacobs University Bremen with a B.A. in Intercultural Relations and Behavior in 2012. She wrote her thesis on "Freedom and identity: Their role in the perceived experiences of former right-wing extremists."

She continued with a one-year preparatory fellowship at BIGSSS, researching on right-wing extremism and radicalization processes and working closely with EXIT Deutschland. During this time she also studied Design Thinking at the Hasso-Plattner Institute in Potsdam.

She is enrolled as a regular fellow at BIGSSS, pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychology in Field C ("Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts"). Her current research is on understanding the motivations for the use of Internet and the role of political Internet memes in public discourses and social movements.

  • Internet memes and social media
  • Political participation
  • User-generated content and participatory culture
  • Intercultural communication
  • Prejudices and discrimination
  • Radicalization processes

Alexandra Mittelstaedt
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3953

Vladimir Ponizovskiy
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

Dora Simunovic
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3954

Adrian Stanciu
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

Research Interests
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Stereotypes
Change
Theory building

Audris Umel
Thematic Field C
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 200 3966

Research Interests

Topics:
Social issues (e.g. migration, minorities and marginalization, peace and conflict)
Political and media discourse
Internet and new media 


Approaches:
Theories of social representations, positioning, and discourse
Mixed methods
Qualitative methodology
Digital ethnography and other internet research methods

Sanne Van der Lugt
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3954

Constanze Volkmann
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

Ge Yu
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3954

Research Interests

Inequality
Social Stratification
Sociology of Life Course
Social inequality in China
Social mobility and stratification
micro-macro linkages
ageing populations and the labour market
life course research
quantitative research methods