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Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans

Portrait Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans (David Ausserhofer)
Research Fields
  • immigration and integration policies
  • European integration
  • evolutionary sociology
  • social movements
  • right-wing radicalism
fon: +49 30 25491 451
fax: +49 30 25491 452
mail: ruud [dot] koopmans [at] wzb [dot] eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin

since November 2013
Professor of Sociology and Migration Research at the Humboldt University of Berlin

since 2010
Guest professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam

since 2007 
Director of the research unit "Migration, Integration, Transnationalization" at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center

2003 – 2010
Professor of Sociology, Chair in Social Conflict and Change, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

1994 – 2003
Senior researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)

1993 – 1994
Researcher at the Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau (Social and Cultural Planning Office – SCP) in Rijswijk, the Netherlands

1988 – 1992
Junior researcher at the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (ASSR)

Ph.D. in Political and Social – Cultural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. Title of Dissertation: "Democracy from Below. New Social Movements and the Political System in West Germany". Supervisor: Hanspeter Kriesi

MA Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Specializations in Political Behaviour, Political Theory, and Research Methodology. Graduated cum laude

Selected Publications
  • Koopmans, Ruud/Lancee, Bram/Schaeffer, Merlin (Eds.) (2015): Social Cohesion and Immigration in Europe and North America. Mechanisms, Conditions, and Causality. Routlegde Advances in Sociology, Vol. 137. New York, NY/London: Routledge, XIX, 234 S.
  • Koopmans, Ruud/Lancee, Bram/Schaeffer, Merlin (2015): "Ethnic Diversity in Diverse Societies. An Introduction". In: Ruud Koopmans/Bram Lancee/Merlin Schaeffer (Eds.): Social Cohesion and Immigration in Europe and North America. Mechanism, Conditions, and Causality. Routledge Advances in Sociology, Vol. 137. New York, NY/London: Routledge, S. 1-19.
  • Koopmans, Ruud (2015): "How Advanced Is the Europeanization of Public Spheres? Comparing German and European Structures of Political Communication". In: Thomas Risse (Ed.): European Public Spheres. Politics Is Back. Series Contemporary European Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, S. 53-83.
  • Koopmans, Ruud (2015): "Religious Fundamentalism and Hostility against Out-groups. A Comparison of Muslims and Christians in Western Europe". In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 41, No. 1, S. 33-57. (Vorab online publiziert 21. Juli 2014)
  • Koopmans, Ruud/Veit, Susanne (2014): "Ethnic Diversity, Trust, and the Mediating Role of Positive and Negative Interethnic Contact. A Priming Experiment". In: Social Science Research, Vol. 47, S. 91-107.
  • Koopmans, Ruud/Veit, Susanne (2014): "Cooperation in Ethnically Diverse Neighborhoods. A Lost-letter Experiment". In: Political Psychology, Vol. 35, No. 3, S. 379–400. (Vorab online publiziert 12. Juni 2013)
  • Braun, Robert/Koopmans, Ruud (2014): "Watch the Crowd. Bystander Responses, Trickle-down Politics, and Xenophobic Mobilization". In: Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 47, No. 4, S. 631–658. (Vorab online publiziert 23. Mai 2013)
  • Koopmans, Ruud (2013): "The End of the Social Movement as We know It? Adaptive Challenges in Changed Contexts". In: Jacquelien van Stekelenburg/Conny Roggeband/Bert Klandermans (Eds.): The Future of Social Movement Research. Dynamics, Mechanisms, and Processes. Social Movements, Protest, and Contention, Vol. 39. Minneapolis, MN/London: University of Minnesota Press, S. 315-323.
  • Koopmans, Ruud (2013): "Multiculturalism and Immigration. A Contested Field in Cross-national Comparison". In: Annual Review of Sociology, S. 147-169. (Vorab online publiziert 15. Mai 2013)
  • Koopmans, Ruud (2013): "Indices of Immigrant Rights. What Have We Learned, Where Should We Go?". In: Comparative European Politics, Vol. 11, No. 5, Special Issue "The Use and Misuse of Policy Indices in the Domain of Citizenship and Integration", edited by Maarten Peter Vink/Marc Helbling, S. 696-703. (Vorab online publiziert 8. Juli 2013)
  • Carol, Sarah/Koopmans, Ruud (2013): "Dynamics of Contestation over Islamic Religious Rights in Western Europe". In: Ethnicities, Vol. 13, No. 2, S. 165-190.
  • Rebers, Susanne/Koopmans, Ruud (2012): "Altruistic Punishment and Between-Group Competition. Evidence from n-Person Prisoner's Dilemmas". In: Human Nature - An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective, Vol. 23, No. 2, S. 173–190.
  • Koopmans, Ruud (2012): "The Post-Nationalization of Immigrant Rights. A Theory in Search of Evidence". In: The British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 63, No. 1, S. 22-30.
  • Koopmans, Ruud/Michalowski, Ines/Waibel, Stine (2012): "Citizenship Rights for Immigrants. National Political Processes and Cross-National Convergence in Western Europe, 1980–2008". In: American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 117, No. 4, S. 1202-1245.
  • Ersanilli, Evelyn/Koopmans, Ruud (2011): "Do Immigrant Integration Policies Matter? A Three-Country Comparison among Turkish Immigrants". In: West European Politics, Vol. 34, No. 2, S. 208-234.
  • Koopmans, Ruud/Vliegenthart, Rens (2011): "Media Attention as the Outcome of a Diffusion Process. A Theoretical Framework and Cross-national Evidence on Earthquake Coverage". In: European Sociological Review, Vol. 27, No. 5, S. 636-653. (Vorab online publiziert 25. Juni 2010)
  • Koopmans, Ruud/Statham, Paul (Eds.) (2010): The Making of a European Public Sphere. Media Discourse and Political Contention. Communication, Society and Politics. Cambridge u.a.: Cambridge University Press, XVIII, 335 S.
  • Braun, Robert/Koopmans, Ruud (2010): "The Diffusion of Ethnic Violence in Germany. The Role of Social Similarity". In: European Sociological Review, Vol. 26, No. 1, S. 111-123. (Zuerst online publiziert 3. Dezember 2009)

Finding a place for Islam in Europe: Cultural interactions between Muslim immigrants and receiving societies (EURISLAM)
Staff: Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans, Sarah Carol, Zuhal Kavacik, Jean Tillie (Universiteit van Amsterdam); Dirk Jacobs (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Paul Statham (University of Bristol), Marco Giugni (Université de Genève), Manlio Cinalli (Sciences Po Paris), Jonathan Laurence (Boston College)
Duration: 2009-2012
Funding: European Commission, 7th Framework Programme

Ethnische Vielfalt, soziales Vertrauen und Zivilengagement
Staff: Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans, Anna Ute Dunkel, Merlin Schaeffer, Susanne Veit
Duration: 2008-2012
Funding: Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend

Citizenship rights for immigrants: National paths and transnational convergence
Staff: Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans, Dr. Ines Michalowski, Stine Waibel
Duration: 2007-2013
Funding: WZB

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

Six Country Immigrant Integration Comparative Survey (SCIICS)
Staff: Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans, Evelyn Ersanilli (University of Oxford), Sarah CarolDr. Marc Helbling, Jutta Höhne, Dr. Bram Lancee, Dr. Ines Michalowski, Dr. Céline Teney, Susanne Veit, Mareike Wagner
Duration: 2008-2013
Funding: WZB