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Dr. Marc Helbling

Portrait Dr. Marc Helbling (Marc Helbling)
Research Fields
  • Immigration and citizenship politics
  • Nationalism
  • Xenophobia and Islamophobia
  • Islam in Europe
fon: +49 30 25491 449
fax: +49 30 25491 452
mail: marc [dot] helbling [at] wzb [dot] eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Head of the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group

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since 05/2011
Head of the Emmy Noether research group "Immigration Policies in Comparison" (IMPIC), WZB Berlin Social Science Center

02/2012 - 05/2012
Visiting lecturer, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 

01/2011 - 05/2011
Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Centre for European Studies

02/2009 - 04/2011
Senior Researcher, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)

06/2007 – 01/2009
Lecturer (Oberassistent) and researcher, University of Zurich, Center for Comparative and International Studies
09/2005 – 03/2006
Visiting Scholar, New York University, Centre for European Studies 
12/2002 – 05/2007
Researcher and teaching assistant, University of Zurich, Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS)

PhD in Political Science, University of Zurich

MA Political Science, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Selected Publications
  • Helbling, Marc/Hoeglinger, Dominic/Wüest, Bruno (2010): "How Political Parties Frame European Integration". In: European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 49, No. 4, S. 496-521.
  • Helbling, Marc (2010): "Switzerland. Contentious Citizenship Attribution in a Federal State". In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 36, No. 5, S. 793-809.
  • Dolezal, Martin/Helbling, Marc/Hutter, Swen (2010): "Debating Islam in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Ethnic Citizenship, Church-State Relations and Right-Wing Populism". In: West European Politics, Vol. 33, No. 2, S. 170-190.
  • Helbling, Marc (2009): "Social Influence Networks and Understanding of Citizenship". In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 32, No. 5, S. 844-863.
  • Helbling, Marc (2008): Practising Citizenship and Heterogeneous Nationhood. Naturalisations in Swiss Municipalities. Series IMISCOE Dissertations. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 211 S.

Immigration policies in the Western world: New indicators, causes and effects
Staff: Dr. Marc Helbling
Duration: 2010-2016
Funding: applied for funding by the DFG

Switzerland: A nation-state or a multi-national state?
Staff: Dr. Marc Helbling, Nenad Stojanovic (Center for Democracy Aarau)
Duration: 2009-2011
Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation, Center for Democracy Aarau, Center for Comparative and International Studies University and ETH Zurich

Restructuring political conflict in the age of globalisation
Staff: Dr. Marc Helbling, Hanspeter Kriesi (University of Zurich), Edgar Grande (University of Munich), Martin Dolezal (University of Vienna), Swen Hutter (University of Munich), Dominic Hoeglinger (University of Zurich), Bruno Wüest (University of Zurich)
Duration: 2006-2010
Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SFB 536), Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung

The political sociology of cosmopolitanism and communitarianism
Staff: Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkel, Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn, Dr. Céline Teney
Duration: 2011-2014
Funding: WZB

Attitudes towards immigrants and party choice in Switzerland
Staff: Dr. Marc Helbling
Duration: 2011-2014
Funding: Swiss Electoral Study, Swiss National Science Foundation

Referenda about immigration: Political information and framing
Staff: Dr. Marc Helbling
Duration: 2010-2011
Funding: WZB

Political parties and anti-immigrant prejudice in Europe: A cross-national comparative approach
Staff: Dr. Elmar Schlüter, Dr. Marc Helbling
Duration: Since 2010
Funding: WZB

Islamophobia in Western Europe and North America
Staff: Dr. Marc Helbling, Stolle (McGill University), Allison Harell (Queen's University)
Duration: 2009-2011
Funding: WZB

Germanophobia in Switzerland
Staff: Dr. Marc Helbling
Duration: 2009-2011
Funding: WZB

Six Country Immigrant Integration Comparative Survey (SCIICS)
Staff: Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans, Evelyn Ersanilli (University of Oxford), Sarah Carol, Fenella Fleischmann, Dr. Marc Helbling, Jutta Höhne, Zuhal Kavacik, Dr. Ines Michalowski, Merlin Schaeffer, Dr. Elmar Schlüter, Dr. Céline Teney, Susanne Veit
Duration: 2008-2012
Funding: WZB

Social cohesion and immigrant-native-born gaps: The role of integration regimes and political mobilisation
Staff: Dr. Marc Helbling
Duration: 2009-2011
Funding: WZB