Prof. Dr. Irena Kogan
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A5, A 529
68131 Mannheim

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Curriculum vitae

Prof. Irena Kogan

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: Sociology of Education (since 2014), 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).

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Research interests

Ethnicity and migration
Structural assimilation of immigrants
Social stratification and mobility
Transition from school-to-work
Research methods


Current courses (FSS 2016)

Tue. 15.30 til 17.00 (weekly), from 16.02.2016 til 31.05.2016

Tue. 19.00 til 20.30 (weekly), from 16.02.2016 til 31.05.2016

Older courses (HWS 2015 and former)

FSS 2015: Dissertation Tutorial