Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans

Portrait Foto Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans (David Ausserhofer)
David Ausserhofer


ruud.koopmans [at]
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
B 409
Director of the Research Department

Research fields

Immigration and Integration Policies | Ethnic Inequality and Ethno-cultural Conflicts | Religious Fundamentalism | The Politics of Globalization | Social Movements | Evolutionary Sociology


Selected Career Stages:

Since November 2013 Professor of Sociology and Migration Research at the Humboldt University of Berlin

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)

Selected Academic Posts:

2020 - 2021 Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM), Berlin

Since 2018 Member of the Board of Trustees of the German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM), Berlin

2011 - 2019 Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Nuremberg

Since 2010 Guest professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam


1992 Doctorate 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". 

Selected Publications

Koopmans, Ruud (2023): Die Asyl-Lotterie. Eine Bilanz der Flüchtlingspolitik von 2015 bis zum Ukrainekrieg. München: C.H. Beck, 269 S.
Orgad, Liav/Koopmans, Ruud (Eds.) (2022): Majorities, Minorities, and the Future of Nationhood. Cambridge u.a.: Cambridge University Press, XIII, 320 S.
Koopmans, Ruud (2021): Decomposing Discrimination. Why a Holistic Approach to Racism Hides More Than It Reveals. WZB Discussion Paper SP VI 2021–103. Berlin: WZB.
Koopmans, Ruud/Kanol, Eylem/Stolle, Dietlind (2021): "Scriptural Legitimation and the Mobilisation of Support for Religious Violence. Experimental Evidence across Three Religions and Seven Countries". In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 42, No. 7, S. 1498-1516. (vorab publiziert online 14.12.2020)
Koopmans, Ruud (2020): A Virus That Knows No Borders? Exposure to and Restrictions of International Travel and the Global Diffusion of COVID-19. WZB Discussion Paper SP VI 2020-103. Berlin: WZB.
Koopmans, Ruud (2020): Das verfallene Haus des Islam. Die religiösen Ursachen von Unfreiheit, Stagnation und Gewalt. München: C.H. Beck, 288 S.
Koopmans, Ruud (2020): Islams forfaldne hus. De religiøse årsager til ulighed, stagnation og vold. Kopenhagen: Forlaget Pressto, 252 S. (Das verfallene Haus des Islam, in dänischer Sprache)
Koopmans, Ruud/Orgad, Liav (2020): Majority-Minority Constellations. Towards a Group-Differentiated Approach. WZB Discussion Paper SP VI 2020-104. Berlin: WZB.
Koopmans, Ruud (2019): Het vervallen huis van de islam. Over de crisis van de islamitische wereld. Amsterdam: Prometheus, 287 S.
Koopmans, Ruud/Veit, Susanne/Yemane, Ruta (2019): "Taste or Statistics? A Correspondence Study of Ethnic, Racial and Religious Labour Market Discrimination in Germany". In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 42, No. 16, S. 233-252.
de Wilde, Pieter/Koopmans, Ruud/Merkel, Wolfgang/Strijbis, Oliver/Zürn, Michael (Eds.) (2019): The Struggle Over Borders. Cosmopolitanism and Communitarianism. Cambridge u.a.: Cambridge University Press, XI, 276 S.
Koopmans, Ruud (2018): Cultural Rights of Native Majorities between Universalism and Minority Rights. WZB DIscussion Paper SP VI 2018–106. Berlin: WZB.
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/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): "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/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/Schaeffer, Merlin (2015): "Relational Diversity and Neighbourhood Cohesion. Unpacking Variety, Balance and In-Group Size". In: Social Science Research, Vol. 53, S. 162-176.
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)
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)
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 (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)
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.