Prof. Dr. Merlin Schaeffer

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Migration, Integration und interkulturelle Konflikte | Methoden der Sozialforschung



Seit 2018 Professor am Lehrstuhl für Soziologie, Universität Kopenhagen

2015-2018 Professur am Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität zu Köln.

2014-2015 Gastprofessor am Institut für Soziologie, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

2009-2015 Senior Researcher in der Abteilung Migration, Integration, Transnationalisierung, WZB Berlin Social Science Center


2012 PhD in Sozial- und Verhaltenswissenschaften, Universität Amsterdam

2008 Master in Sozialwissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



Ausgewählte Publikationen

Wiedner, Jonas, Merlin Schaeffer, and Sarah Carol (2022): “Ethno-Religious Neighbourhood Infrastructures and the Life Satisfaction of Immigrants and Their Descendants in Germany.” Urban Studies 00420980211066412. doi: 10.1177/00420980211066412.

Schaeffer, Merlin, and Mikkel Haderup Larsen (2022): “Who Should Get Vaccinated First? Limits of Solidarity during the First Week of the Danish Vaccination Programme.” European Sociological Review jcac025. doi: 10.1093/esr/jcac025.

Heisig, J.P. & Schaeffer, M. (2019): Why You Should Always Include a Random Slope for the Lower-Level Variable Involved in a Cross-Level Interaction. European Sociological Review 35(2): 258–279.

Schaeffer, M. (2019): Social Mobility and Perceived Discrimination: Adding an Inter-generational Perspective. European Sociological Review 35(1): 65–80.

Heisig, J.P., Schaeffer, M. & Giesecke, J. (2017): The Costs of Simplicity: Why Multilevel Models May Benefit from Accounting for Cross-Cluster Differences in the Effects of Controls. American Sociological Review 82(4): 796–827.

Legewie, J. & Schaeffer, M. (2016): Contested Boundaries: Explaining Where Ethno-Racial Diversity Provokes Neighborhood Conflict. American Journal of Sociology 122(1): 125–161.


The Association between Perceived and Actual Xenophobia (APAX)
Leitung: Prof. Dr. Merlin Schaeffer
Mitarbeiter/innen: Dr. Judith Kas
Laufzeit: 2020 - 2021
Förderung: DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

A rolling stone gathers no moss? Residential mobility among ethnic minorities in Germany and its consequences for well-being (WELLMOB)
Leitung: Prof. Dr. Merlin Schaeffer, Prof. Dr. Sarah Carol
Laufzeit: ab 2019
Förderung: DFG