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Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans

Portrait Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans (David Aussserhofer)
Research Fields
  • Immigration and Integration Policies
  • Ethnic Inequality and Ethno-cultural Conflicts
  • Religious Fundamentalism
  • The Politics of Globalization
  • Social Movements
  • Evolutionary Sociology
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Director of the Research Unit

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

2011 – 2016
Head of the bridging project "The Political Sociology of Cosmopolitanism and Communitarianism" at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center (with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkel and Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn)

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

1994 – 2003
Co-director of the research group "Political Communication and Mobilization" at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center

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 The Hague, the Netherlands

1988 – 1992
Junior researcher at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

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 (2017): Assimilation oder Multikulturalismus? Bedingungen gelungener Integration. Migration, Bd. 4. Berlin/Münster: LIT Verlag, 261 S.
  • Koopmans, Ruud/Michalowski, Ines (2017): "Why Do States Extend Rights to Immigrants? Institutional Settings and Historical Legacies Across 44 Countries Worldwide". In: Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 50, No. 1, S. 41-74. (vorab online publiziert 24.06.2016)
  • Koopmans, Ruud (2016): "Does Assimilation Work? Sociocultural Determinants of Labour Market Participation of European Muslims". In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 42, No. 2, S. 197-216. (vorab online publiziert 22. September 2015)
  • Koopmans, Ruud (2016): "How to Make Europe's Immigration Policies more Efficient and more Humane". In: Migration and Citizenship - Newsletter of the American Political Science Association, Vol. 4, No. 2, S. 55-59.
  • Koopmans, Ruud/Schaeffer, Merlin (2016): "Statistical and Perceived Diversity and Their Impacts on Neighborhood Social Cohesion in Germany, France and the Netherlands". In: Social Indicators Research, Vol. 125, No. 3, S. 853-883. (vorab online publiziert 18.01. 2015)
  • Koopmans, Ruud (2015): "Religiöser Fundamentalismus und Fremdenfeindlichkeit. Muslime und Christen im europäischen Vergleich". In: Jörg Rössel/Jochen Roose (Hg.): Empirische Kultursoziologie. Festschrift für Jürgen Gerhards zum 60. Geburtstag. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S. 455-490.
  • 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/Schaeffer, Merlin (2015): "Relational Diversity and Neighbourhood Cohesion. Unpacking Variety, Balance and In-Group Size". In: Social Science Research, Vol. 53, S. 162-176.
  • 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. London/New York, NY: 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. London/New York, NY: 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): "De meerderheid in rechtvaardigingsnood. Culturele rechten van nationale meerderheden tussen universalisme en minderheidsrechten". In: Jasper Doomen/Afshin Ellian (Eds.): De strijd van gelijkheid en vrijheid. Den Haag: Boom Juridische Uitgevers, S. 265-286.
  • Koopmans, Ruud (2015): "'Die Gesellschaft insgesamt muss sich Fragen stellen'. Der Soziologe Ruud Koopmans hält ein NPD-Verbot für kontraproduktiv - die rechte Gewalt würde dann vermutlich zunehmen - Interview". In: Horst Meier (Hg.): Verbot der NPD - ein deutsches Staatstheater in zwei Akten. Analysen und Kritiken 2001-2014. Berlin: BWV Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, S. 360-361. (Zuerst publiziert in: Der Tagesspiegel, 05.12.2011)
  • 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. (vorab online publiziert 12.04.2014)
  • 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)
  • Carol, Sarah/Hajji, Rahim/Koopmans, Ruud (2014): "Sprachliche Integration, interethnische Kontakte und Religiosität. Ein Gruppenvergleich". In: Andreas Pott/Khatima Bouras-Ostmann/Rahim Hajji/Soraya Moket (Hg.): Jenseits von Rif und Ruhr. 50 Jahre marokkanische Migration nach Deutschland. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S. 107-123.
  • 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)
  • Carol, Sarah/Koopmans, Ruud (2013): "Dynamics of Contestation over Islamic Religious Rights in Western Europe". In: Ethnicities, Vol. 13, No. 2, S. 165-190.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Duration: 2015-
Duration: 2014-
Funding: WZB 
Staff: Stine Waibel
Duration: 2007-
Funding: WZB 
Duration: 2011-
Funding: WZB 
Duration: 2009-
Funding: WZB

Head: Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans, Prof. Jean Tillie (Universiteit van Amsterdam); Prof. Dirk Jacobs (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Prof. Paul Statham (University of Bristol), Prof. Marco Giugni (Université de Genève), Prof. Manlio Cinalli (Sciences Po Paris),
Staff: Prof. Dr. Sarah Carol, Dr. Ines Michalowski, Evelyn Ersanilli, PhD (University of Oxford); Prof. Jonathan Laurence (Boston College)
Duration: 2009-
Funding: European Commission, 7th Framework Programme

Head: Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans, Evelyn Ersanilli, PhD (University of Oxford)
Duration: 2008-
Funding: WZB

Duration: 2011-2015
Funding: Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS), Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Staff: Jutta Höhne
Duration: 2011
Funding: Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration