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Sandra N. Morgenstern

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Postdoctoral researcher at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) and at the chair of Migration and Integration at the University of Mannheim.

I have a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. soc) from the University of Konstanz where I was part of the Graduate School of Decision Sciences and the Comparative Politics Research Group, and degrees from Pompeu Fabra Barcelona and the University of Mannheim. In 2023 I was an academic visitor at COMPAS, Oxford and during my (under-)graduate studies at University of California (UCLA), and the University of Bergen (UiB).

My work focuses on international political economy, with a particular interest in migration studies. I am interested in international migration policies, migration decision-making, the role of gender and gender inequalities in migration, the exploitation of (labour) migration intentions (keywords: smuggling and human trafficking), migration movements and the multiple impacts of diversity in societies, and policies to promote tolerance and solidarity. Methodologically, I am committed to causal inference research using experimental designs and advanced statistical modelling, and aim to combine in-depth fieldwork (Nigeria, Tanzania, online international) with large-N quantitative research.

I have recently created a series of short videos on advanced academic practices (here) in a teaching project funded by the foundation for innovative teaching, free to use for other teachers or students. Most recently I taught seminars about field research on emigration in developing countries, gender Inequality & migration in Europe and the European neighbourhood, migration management, experimental designs in the social sciences, and cross sectional data analysis. I am very grateful to have received the 2023 Sociology and Political Science Students‘ Teaching Award.