Alessandro Ferrara


alessandro.ferrara [at]
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Visiting Researcher of the Research Professorship
Research Fellow of the Research Group

Alessandro Ferrara is a post-doctoral researcher at the Free University in Berlin and a visiting researcher in the Global Sociology unit. He is also a research fellow at the WZB Health and Social Inequality Research Group and the Einstein Center for Population Diversity. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. His research focuses on social stratification, migration, and health and educational inequalities.

Recent publications

Ferrara, A. & Luthra, R. (2024) Explaining the attainment of the second-generation: When does parental relative education matter?. Social Science Research, 120.

Ferrara, A. & Brunori, C. (2023) Immigrant generation, gender, and citizenship: evidence on educational track choices from Italy. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Ferrara, A. (2023) Aiming too high or scoring too low? Heterogeneous immigrant–native gaps in upper secondary enrollment and outcomes beyond the transition in France. European Sociological Review 39(3).

Borgonovi, F., Ferrara, A. & Piacentini, M. (2023) From asking to observing. Behavioural measures of socio-emotional and motivational skills in large-scale assessments. Social Science Research, 112.

Borgonovi, F., Ferrara, A. (2023) COVID-19 and inequalities in educational achievement in Italy. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 83.

Borgonovi, F., Ferrara, A. (2023) Exposure to Mathematics in Secondary Education and Its Economic Benefits — The Role of Mathematics Achievement, Attitudes, and Self-Beliefs, in Alvaro Choi, Economic Foundations of Education, Bloomsbury.