Curriculum Vitae

Ulrike Bialas is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity. She researches categories and categorization processes in the context of international migration. Before coming to the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Ulrike completed a PhD in Sociology at Princeton University (with a focus on International Migration, Urban Sociology, and Science and Technology Studies) and a BA and MA in Social Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin.

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Research Projects



Bialas, Ulrike (forthcoming 2023): Forever 17: Coming of Age in the German Asylum System. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. (

Peer-reviewed articles

Bialas, Ulrike. 2023. "Ambiguous ages, ambivalent youths: How asylum seekers in Germany navigate age categorization." Migration Politics 2.1, 003. https://doi:10.21468/MigPol.2.1.003.

Bialas, Ulrike and Jagat Sohail. 2022. “Flucht nach vorne (seeking refuge in the future): Trauma, agency and the fantasy of onward flight in refugees in Berlin.” Ethos 50.4, 480-495,

Bialas, Ulrike. 2022. “The Effect of Offspring Sex on Parents’ Migration Probabilities and Outcomes – A Natural Experiment.” Sociological Inquiry 92.S1, 681-709,

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