Since spring 2018, Carolin Herrmann has been working as a doctoral researcher at the newly founded Centre for Research on Civil Society for the project "Politicizing Immigration" under the direction of Prof. Dr. Edgar Grande and Prof. Dr. Swen Hutter. The project investigates the driving forces and consequences of the politicization of migration issues in Western European democracies. By using the concept of politicization, the project aims at exploring the parties, party strategies and party constellations responsible for a politicization of immigration issues across political arenas. Carolin Herrmann's research is particularly interested in the relationship between politicisation and its impact on national immigration policies.
Previously, from 2016, she worked as a research assistant in the Manifesto Research Project on Political Representation (MARPOR) in the Department of Democracy and Democratisation at the WZB, where she was employed as a student assistant since autumn 2015 as well. In 2017 she completed her Master's degree in Political Science at the FU Berlin with a thesis on changes in policy preferences in German migration and integration policy in connection with the refugee crisis 2015. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Potsdam in Roman Languages and Literature/Spanish Philology as well as Politics and Administration.