Professor Dr. Irena Kogan

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A5 6, A-529 
68159 Mannheim
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A5, 5 A-529
68131 Mannheim

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0621 - 181-2015
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0621 - 181-2016

Office hours: Tuesday: 03:00 pm- 04:00 pm

Please contact Prof. Dr. Kogan or Vera Müller on the above telephone number or e-mail adress first to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.

Curriculum Vitae

Irena Kogan holds a chair in comparative sociology at the University of Mannheim. She received her training in Pedagogigs (Ukraine), Sociology and Anthropology (Israel), and Social Sciences (Germany). Her research interests are in the area of social inequality, migration research and labour market sociology. In particular, her research focuses on structural and cultural aspects of immigrant integration, transition from school-to-work, as well as the role of human capital and social and cultural resources in these processes. Interest in the role of countries’ institutional characteristics in explaining societal processes drives her research, which is largely internationally comparative. In her studies, Irena Kogan relies on modern methods of quantitative social research and survey data.Irena Kogan has been involved in a number of large-scale projects. Currently she is co-directing two projects, the German part of the “Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries”, and a project on immigrants’ life satisfaction in Europe (both funded by German Research Foundation). She is the author of a number of articles in leading international journals including European Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Science Research. International Migration Review, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Acta Sociologica, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and others. Her major book publications include a monograph, Working through Barriers: Host country institutions and immigrant labour market performance in Europe (Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2007) and two edited volumes, together with Michael Gebel and Clemens Noelke, Europe enlarged: A handbook of education, labour and welfare regimes in Central and Eastern Europe (Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2008) and Making the Transition: Education and Labor Market Entry in Central and Eastern Europe (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2011).Since 2013 Professor Kogan has been a Secretary-Treasurer of the European Consortium for Social Research (ECSR), the largest association of Europe’s leading sociological institutes. She is a Member of the European Academy of Sociology and an associate editor of the European Sociological Review. She has been an Editorial Board Member of the following Journals: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (since 2014), Research in Social Stratification and Mobility (since 2010), Croatian Journal of Social Policy (since 2010), Studies of Transition States and Societies (since 2009).

Research Interests 

  • Ethnicity and Migration
  • Structural Assimilation of Immigrants
  • Social Stratification and Mobility
  • Transition from School-to-Work
  • Research Methods


Wiriting publications plays an important role in researchers daily life. Because of a scientific publication in a paper results are available and can be reached by a wide range of audience in the research landscape. New results produces knowledge about social mechanisms and stimulate lively debates in social science. In the following, there is a list of Prof. Irena Kogans latest publications which can also be downloaded here as a PDF.

Prof. Dr. Irena Kogan's latest publication(s) (2017)

  • Kogan, Irena, Jing Shen and Manuel Siegert
    "What Makes a Satisfied Immigrant? Host-Country Characteristics and Immigrants’ Life Satisfaction in Eighteen European Countries", in: Journal of Happiness Studies (Forthcoming)  (DOI=10.1007/s10902-017-9896-4). 

Prof. Dr. Irena Kogan's publications (2016):

  • Kogan, Irena. 2016. “Integration Polecies and Immigrants‘ Labor Market Outcomes in Europe". Sociological Science 3:335-358. 
  • Lorenz, Georg, Sarah Gentrup, Corlnelia Kristen, Petra Stanat, Irena Kogan. 2016. "Stereotype bei Lehrkräften? Eine Untersuchung systematisch verzerrter Lehrerwartungen". Kölner Zeitrschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 68(1):89-111.
  • Kogan, Irena. 2016. “Arbeitsmarktintegration von Zuwanderern”. S. 177-200 in Brinkmann, Heinz Ulrich und Martina Sauer (Hrsg). Einwanderungsgesellschaft Deutschland: Entwicklung und Stand der Integration“. Springer VS.
  • Kogan, Irena. 2016. “Educational systems and migrant-specific labour market returns”. S. 289-310 in Hadjar, Andreas and Christiane Gross (Hrsg). Educational Systems and Inequalities. Bristol: The Policy Press.


This section presents courses currently taught by professor Kogan. Via the headdings you can navigate to the corresponding subpages in the Studienportal. Those pages provides further informtion e.g. time and place and more detailed information about the courses themselves. For past courses see the archive below. In case of questions please contact Vera Müller

    • HWS 2017

      • Social Structure of germany in a Comperative Perspective
        • »Social Structure in a Comperative Perspective« gives a review about the most important characteristics of the social structure of Germany in comparison to other European countries. It focuses on changes and trends in education, employment, population household and family structure as well as social mobility with a special reference to income distributions and the development of the prosperity.
        • Literature reference: »Hradil, S. (2004), Die Sozialstruktur Deutschlands im internationalen Vergleich, VS Verlag.« Zudem: »Mau, S. und Verwiebe, R. (2009) Die Sozialstruktur Europas. Konstanz: UVK Verlagsgesellschaft« und »Statistisches Bundesamt (Hg.), Datenreport 2006, Bonn 2006.«
      • dissertation tutorial
      • colloquium: thesis

    Previous Courses — Archive

    Welcome to the archive. Here you learn about courses taught in the past.

    • FSS 2016

      • Thesis Kolloqium Soziologie
      • Dissertation Tutorial

    • HWS 2015

      • Social Structrue of Germany in a Comperative Perspective
      • Colloquium Thesis
      • Dissertation Tutorial

    • FSS 2015

      • Introduction to Migrational Sociology
      • Thesis Colloquium Sociology
      • Dissertation Tutorial

    • HWS 2014

      • Social Structrue of Germany in a Comperative Perspective
      • Colloquium Abschlussarbeit
      • Dissertation Tutorial 

    • FSS 2014

      • Dissertation Tutorial

    • HWS 2013

      • Social Structrue of Germany in a Comperative Perspective
      • Social and Ethnic Inequalities
      • Colloquium In-Depth Module
      • dissertation tutorial

    • FSS 2013

      • Social inequalitiy
      • Stereotypes and Discrimination
      • Iintroduction to Migrational Socilogy 
      • Colloquium: Thesis
      • Dissertation Tutorial

    • HWS 2012

      • Dissertation Tutorial
      •  Integration of Immigrants and Ethnic Inequality
      • Research Seminar: Migration und Integration
      • Colloquium: In-Depth Module

    • HWS 2011

      • Social Structrue of Germany in a Comperative Perspective
      • Integration of Immigrants and Etnical Distinction
      • Migration and Integration
      • Colloquium: Thesis

    • FSS 2011

      • Seminar: Social Inequality
      • Integration of Immigrants and Ethnical Distinction 

    • HWS 2010

      • Seminar: Integration of Immigrants and Distinction  
      • Colloquium
      • Research Seminar: Social Structre Analysis: Social Inequality and Ethnical Distinction

    • FSS 2010

      • Introduction to Migrational Sociology
      • Colloquium
      • Social Structure and Processes
      • Seminar: Social Structure Analysis: Social Inequality 

    • HWS 2009

      • Lecture and Exercise: European Societies
      • Research Seminar: Social Structure Analysis: Social Inequality and Ethnical Distinction
      • Seminar: Educational Systems and Labour Market: Theory and Empirical Evidence
      • Colloquium for Diploma and Phd Students

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