Postdoc Fellows

Dr. Regina Arant (née Kuhl)
Thematic Field C
Affiliated Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 200 3412

Research Interests

  • Social cohesion
  • Construction and change of geopolitical identities
  • Personality and identity development in response to intercultural contact

Dr. Sonja Bastin
Thematic Field B
Affiliated Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 218 66358

Research Interests

  • Life Course Transitions and Social Inequality
    • Family Dynamics and Expansion
    • Education to Work Transitions
  • Social Structure and Social Change

Dr. Raphael Heiberger
Thematic Field B
Affiliated Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 218 58528

Research Interests

  • Social Network Analysis
  • Economic Sociology

Methods Expertise

  • Natural Language Processing
  • (Quantative) Network Analysis
  • Econometrics


Carlo Knotz, Ph.D.
Thematic Field B
Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 218 66409

Research Interests

My research focuses on comparative welfare state research, and in particular on labor market activation policies and unemployment benefits. While my doctoral and pre-doctoral research was concerned with how and why welfare states have become more "activating" or "employment-friendly", my post-doctoral research focuses on the effects of activation policies.

Recent activities

July 16, 2018: Herwig Immervoll's and my OECD paper on unemployment benefit eligibility criteria has been published: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/2bdfecca-en. [Update: The paper has now also been published in the IZA Discussion Paper Series: http://ftp.iza.org/dp11704.pdf]

July 14, 2018: Moira Nelson and I have released our comparative dataset on unemployment benefit conditionality. Users can access the data (more will also be added shortly) here
.

May 7, 2018: The Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy published my paper on the increasing conditionality of unemployment benefits in OECD countries since the early 1980s (see https://doi.org/10.1080/21699763.2018.1472136).

Dec 13, 2017: I gave a talk on how to measure the conditionality of unemployment benefits across countries at the Max-Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich.


Oct 17, 2017: Herwig Immervoll and I presented the OECD data collection project on unemployment benefit eligibility criteria at the EU Employment Committee Indicators Group meeting in Brussels.

Oct 13, 2017: I was awarded the 2017 Research Prize by the Swedish Federation of Unemployment Benefit Funds (Arbetslöshetskassornas Samorganisation) for my doctoral research. See here
for more information (in Swedish).

Dr. Karsten Schubert
Thematic Field A
Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 218 66447

Research Interests
I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) at the University of Bremen.

I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Leipzig in May 2017. My dissertation, “Freedom as Critique. The Social-Philosophical Debate About Freedom in Foucault’s Works”, was supervised by Ulrich Johannes Schneider and Markus Gabriel. Prior to that, I held appointments as Visiting Scholar at the Philosophy Department of The New School for Social Research (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015) and Cardozo Law School (Fall 2013) in New York and I taught as a Research Associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Institute of Political Science, Political Theory Section at the University of Duisburg-Essen (2015-2017).

My primary field of interest and research is political theory and social philosophy, especially in the tradition of post-structuralism and critical theory. My dissertation critically examines the social philosophical debate about freedom, power and subjectification in Foucault's work. More specifically, I developed and discussed a new approach to the problem of freedom in Foucault: Freedom as the capability to critical reflection is instantiated through regimes of subjectification which are dependent on political institutions.

My second field of interest is international politics, especially human rights philosophy, education, politics and law, as well as question of migration, asylum, democratic membership, and global governance. I gained working experience in these fields at UNESCO and the United Nations Association of Germany, among others. My third field of interest is diversity politics, especially gender and queer theory and politics, as well as anti-racism. I served as a facilitator for queer education events in Berlin schools with ABqueer e.V. and conducted workshops for queer activists about national and international legal frameworks.

The postdoctoral research I am undertaking lies at the intersection of these three fields and brings together radical legal philosophy with migration and refugee politics. Taking the failure of the current human rights regime to protect refugees as a point of departure, I investigate radical approaches of legal critique which point out that law, especially in the form of subjective rights, is likely to lead to repression. By asking to what extent such a critique is valid for the field of asylum and migration law, I develop both a critique of these radical legal critiques and a new perspective on migration and refugee politics.

You can see my publications on my Academia.edu profile: https://bremen.academia.edu/KarstenSchubert

Dr. Dora Ṥimunović
Thematic Field C
Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 200 3968

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary psychology of intergroup conflict and dynamics between minorities and majorities
  • Management of common resources in heterogeneous societies
  • Impact of religious belief and secular authority on social behaviour

Dr. Alex Veit
Thematic Field A
Affiliated Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 218 67471

Research Interests
My research is at the intersection of international relations, conflict studies, and political sociology. Eastern and southern Africa, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo, are my areas of geographic specialization. In the Congo, I have conducted research on humanitarian military intervention, armed groups, and local structures of rule. More recently, I became interested in the dynamics between collective contentious action and forms of internationalized authority. My teaching and research interests also include development cooperation, sovereign debt politics, and post-conflict statebuilding.