Prof. Dr. Karen Schönwälder (Research Group Leader • Forschungsgruppenleiterin)

Prof. Dr. Karen Schönwälder (Research Group Leader • Forschungsgruppenleiterin)


Karen Schönwälder is a Research Group Leader at MMP-MMG. In 2011 she was appointed as Extracurricular Professor at the Georg August University Göttingen. At the Institute, her research focuses on social interactions across boundaries, the incorporation of immigrants into mainstream politics, and responses to diversity, in particular at the city level.

Before joining the institute, Karen Schönwälder was head of the Programme on Intercultural Conflicts and Societal Integration at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and Privatdozentin at the Free University Berlin. She obtained a Dr. phil from Marburg University in 1990 and completed her habilitation in Political Science in 2001 at Gießen University. Past positions include a lectureship at the University of London and a semester as visiting professor at Haifa University, Israel.

Karen Schönwälder is a member of the editorial board of the journal Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik. Her research interests include political and broader societal responses to migration processes and the establishment of new minorities as well as various aspects of immigrant integration. In 2015 she was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Migration and Participation of the regional government. She had previously been a member of the Niedersachsen Integration Council. Since 2017, she has been a member of the advisory board of the Deutsche Institut für Urbanistik. She also belongs to advisory committees of research projects on Diversity in the Federal Administration and on Immigrants in the German Federal Election.


Diversity and contact (‘DivCon’) (abgeschlossen)

Ethnicity in German society (abgeschlossen)

Immigrants in German city councils (abgeschlossen) (Project leader: Karen Schönwälder Researchers: Cihan Sinanoglu, Daniel Volkert, Chris Kofri)

Immigrants in German politics: local elections and local parliaments in Northrhine-Westfalia (abgeschlossen) (mit Chris Kofri)

Political institutions and the challenge of diversity (abgeschlossen) (mit Cihan Sinanoglu, Alex Street, Daniel Volkert)

Städte und die Herausforderungen der Diversität

Voters and representatives: how does immigrant background matter? (abgeschlossen) (mit Alex Street)

Zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen und die Herausforderungen von Migration und Diversität: Agents of Change (ZOMiDi). Teilprojekt "Behinderung/sexuelle Minderheiten"

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