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Prof. Dr. Marc Helbling

Portrait Prof. 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
Former Staff Member of the Research Unit

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since 04/2015
Professor of Political Sociology, University of Bamberg

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
  • Kriesi, Hanspeter/Grande, Edgar/Dolezal, Martin/Helbling, Marc/Höglinger, Dominic/Hutter, Swen/Wüest, Bruno (2012): Political Conflict in Western Europe. Cambridge/New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, XVII, 349 S.
  • Helbling, Marc (Eds.) (2012): Islamophobia in the West. Measuring and Explaining Individual Attitudes. London/New York NY: Routledge, XIII, 222 S..
  • Helbling, Marc (2008): Practising Citizenship and Heterogeneous Nationhood. Naturalisations in Swiss Municipalities. Series IMISCOE Dissertations. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 211 S.
  • Carol, Sarah/Helbling, Marc/Michalowski, Ines (2015): "A Struggle over Religious Rights? How Muslim Immigrants and Christian Natives View the Accommodation of Religion in Six European Countries". In: Social Forces, advance access, 15.03.2015, online:
  • Bjerre, Liv/Helbling, Marc/Römer, Friederike/Zobel, Malisa (2015): "Conceptualizing and Measuring Immigration Policies. A Comparative Perspective". In: International Migration Review, Vol. 49, No. 3, S. 555-600. (vorab publiziert online 22. Mai 2014)
  • Helbling, Marc (2014): "Opposing Muslims and the Muslim Headscarf in Western Europe". In: European Sociological Review, Vol. 30, No. 2, S. 242-257.
  • Helbling, Marc/Kriesi, Hanspeter (2014): "Why Citizens Prefer High- over Low-skilled Immigrants. Labor Market Competition, Welfare State, and Deservingness". In: European Sociological Review, Vol. 30, No. 5, S. 595-614.
  • Helbling, Marc (2013): "Validating Integration and Citizenship Policy Indices". 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. 555-576. (Vorab online publiziert 13. Mai 2013)
  • Helbling, Marc/Tresch, Anke (2011): "Measuring Party Positions and Issue Salience from Media Coverage. Discussing and Cross-validating New Indicators". In: Electoral Studies, Vol. 30, No. 1, S. 174-183.
  • Helbling, Marc (2011): "Why Swiss-Germans Dislike Germans. Opposition to Culturally Similar and Highly Skilled Immigrants". In: European Societies, Vol. 13, No. 1, S. 5-27.
  • 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.