Visiting Scholars

Prof. Dr. Petra Bendel

Petra Bendel is a Professor for Political Science with a focus on migration, integration and refugee policies at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. She has been the Academic Director and General Manager of the international and interdisciplinary Center for Area Studies since 1997 as well as Cofounder and Vice President of the recently founded innovative Center for Human Rights Erlangen-Nuremberg (CHREN) of her university where she focuses on the human rights of refugees and migrants.

Petra Bendel also works as a consultant: She is the chairwoman of the Academic Advisory Council of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Deputy Head of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR) and member of the expert group of the German Federal Government on integration. Her knowledge and her skills are frequently called upon by the media (see here).

Prof. Bendel has head several research projects on refugee policy (“What refugees need“), on best-practice models for the integration of refugees (“Learning from each other“) as well as on EU Member States (“Rights of female asylum seekers”), commissioned by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, FEMM, of the European Parliament. Current projects focus on integration policy in 100 German municipalities throughout the country (“Two worlds? Refugee integration in cities and on the country side), on the role of municipalities in EU migration policies (“When Mayors Make Migration Policy: The Role of Cities and City Networks in EU Migration Policy”) and on institutional violence against refugees and migrants (“VIOLIN”).

Migration, integration and refugee rights and policies have also been her focus of teaching since 1997. She coordinates the module “Migration and Migration Policy” for various master’s degrees, as well as the international “Master of Human Rights” at the FAU (see here). In all her teaching evaluations she has earned outstanding feedback. Moreover, Bendel has been a member of the coordinating team of the new international degree course “Social Work with Refugees” at the German Jordanian University in Amman/Jordan.

Professor Bendel studied Political Science, Spanish Linguistics and Literature as well as English Linguistics and Literature at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. Between 1987 and 1988 she was a lecturer at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas in Bilbao/Spain and between 1988 and 1992 a research assistant at the Institute for Political Science at Heidelberg University.

Between 1992 and 1996 she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Ibero-American Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg with a focus on Central America with numerous research periods in Latin America, serving also several times as an election observer for the EU and as an advisor for governmental and non-governmental organisations in Latin America. In 1996 she gained her PhD at the University of Heidelberg with a dissertation on Latin American party systems and has since worked as an advisor on Latin American democracies and parties.

Petra Bendel qualified as a German Professor at the FAU in 2008 with a habilitation thesis on European Migration Politics for which she received the award for the Best Habilitation of the FAU´s Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Theology. In 2011 and 2012 she worked as a visiting and guest professor at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), but did not accept the appointment to a professorship in International Relations and European Politics at the MLU in 2012.


You can find more informations and a list of publications here.


IPW-lecture: 2.5.2019, 18:30 - Hörsaal III, NIG Erdgeschoß, Universitätsstraße 7, A-1010 Wien

"Zerbricht Europa an der Flüchtlingspolitik? EU-Mitgliedstaaten im Vergleich"

Moderation: Katharina Limacher (Forschungszentrum Religion und Transformation, Universität Wien)




Helge Schwiertz

Helge Schwiertz works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) as well as the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Osnabrück. He recently completed his PhD on the radical democracy of migratory struggles with a focus on the organizing and political practices of migratory youth in Germany and the United States. Currently, he is working for the project "From Refugee Support to Escape Aid", which analyses civil society initiatives mobilizing for the safe entry of refugees and facilitating access to international protection in Germany. He was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is a member of the editorial board of "movements. Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies". His research interests include migration and border studies, anti-migrant movements and racism, (pro-)migrant organizing, citizenship studies, radical democracy and political theory.



IPW-lecture: 9.4.2018, 17:00 - Konferenzraum IPW (A222), NIG 2.Stock, Universitätsstraße 7, A-1010 Wien

"Migration und radikale Demokratie: Die Selbstorganisation von Jugendlichen mit unsicherem Aufenthaltsstatus"

Moderation: Reinhard Schweitzer (IPW University of Vienna)

Summer Term 2019

  • Petra Bendel
  • Helge Schwiertz


Winter Term 2018/2019

  • Verena Wisthaler

Verena Wisthaler is a senior researcher at EURAC Research in Bozen (Italy). She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Leicester (UK) (2016). She was a post-doc researcher at the  University of Neuchâtel (CH), within the SNSF project NCCR on the move – the migration-mobility nexus and visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence (I), the University of Corte (FR) and the University of Edinburgh (UK). Her research focusses on policies and politics of immigrant integration at the regional and local level as well as on (national) minority protection and in particular education for national minorities. She has published in JEMS, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Politika etc. Her PhD has been awarded the 2017 ECPR Jean Blondel PhD Prize.

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Summer Term 2018

  • Samuel D. Schmid

Samuel D. Schmid is a PhD researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence) Supervised by Rainer Bauböck and Maarten Vink, he investigates the relationship between the openness of borders and the inclusiveness of citizenship. Further fields of research include democratic inclusion and the franchise in an age of migration as well as attitudinal and behavioral research in the realm of immigrant integration.

During his visiting fellowship at the IPW at the University of Vienna, Sam will analyze the Austrian case primarily by conducting interviews with experts, stakeholders, and politicians. Against the background of a quantitative analysis of immigration and citizenship policies across 23 democracies 1980-2010, Austria was chosen because of its consistent or even increasing restrictiveness in both policy realms, which suggests that the two follow the same political logic. In addition, the current far-right participation in government in the shadow of the migrant crisis makes Austria an ideal case to further study these dynamics in more recent years and with an eye on potential future developments.

Learn more about his work on his website.

  • Claudia Tazreiter

Claudia Tazreiter is a Senior Lecturer of Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. Claudia is a political sociologist. Her research focuses on contemporary human rights discourses, migration, the role of civil society, cosmopolitanism and post-conflict reconciliation processes. She has published extensively on migration, human rights, the asylum policies of Western states, the role of non-governmental organizations in policy advocacy, and women’s rights in post-conflict settings. She is currently working on an Australian Research Council funded project on migrant workers and human security in the Asia Pacific.

Research Areas:
Contemporary human rights discourses, civil society and social movements, theories of migration and citizenship, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism

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Winter Term 2017/18

  • Prof. Dr. Dieter Rucht

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung | Institut für Protest- und Bewegungsforschung Berlin

  • Dr. Zeynep Kasli

Leiden University

Zeynep holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Near and Middle Eastern Studies and Graduate Certificate in Law and Society Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her main research interests are minority and migrants’ rights, multi-level governance of citizenship and borders. In her dissertation, based almost two year long ethnographic fieldwork in Greek and Turkish border towns in Thrace, Zeynep studied the local implications of the transformation of the Greek-Turkish border from a site of antagonism between the two states to a site of cooperation for migration control.


Winter Term 2014/2015

  • Dr. Ines Michalowski (WZB, Berlin)


Winter Term 2013/14

  • Veronika Lutz, M.A.

Veronika Lutz, born in Germany in 1981, studied ”Kulturwissenschaft mit Schwerpunkt Religion“ B.A. (Cultural Studies with Focus on Religion) at the University of Bayreuth and gained her master’s degree at the University of Hannover in ”Religion im kulturellen Kontext“ (Religion in Cultural Context) in 2010. In addition, she stayed abroad for university studies in Edinburgh and Lucerne. Her Master thesis deals with representative mosques in Germany and José Casanovas concept of public religion.

Since 2012, she is working on her PhD-project at the University of Lucerne on civic engagement in Muslim associations in Switzerland and Austria. Currently she is visiting scientist at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Her main fields of interest are Muslim communities in Europe and Religion in the public space.

Winter Term 2012/2013

  • Chunlong Lu (Ph.D., Old Dominion University)

is Professor of Political Science, and Associate Dean of the School of Politics and Public Administration at the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, People's Republic of China. His research interests include Chinese politics, comparative politics, quantitative research, political participation, as well as Chinese foreign policy. He has recently published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Modern China, the Middle East Journal, Social Science Quarterly, International Political Science Review, and Korean Journal of Defense Analysis.

Following courses were taught by Chunlong Lu at the University of Vienna starting in October 2012:

SE Chinese Rural-Urban Migration: This course is designed for graduate students who are enthusiastic for learning about the patterns of rural-urban migration in contemporary China. The fundamental goal of the course is to help students lay their theoretical and empirical foundations for their in-depth understanding of the cause and consequence of rural-urban migration in contemporary China. 

SE Chinese Politics: This course is designed for graduate students who are enthusiastic for learning about contemporary Chinese politics and society. This course will focus on the reform era. The fundamental goal of the course is to help students lay their theoretical and empirical foundations for their in-depth understanding of the fundamental rules, prominent players, and major issues in contemporary Chinese politics.


Winter Term 2011/12

  • Didier Ruedin

Didier Ruedin is a post-doctoral researcher for the European project SOM (Support and Opposition to Migration) at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.


Summer Term 2011

  • Dr. Radoslav Stefancik, MPol.

To view the CV of Radoslav Stefancik click here

  • Georg Menz

is Reader in Political Economy at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Recent book publications include “The Political Economy of Managed Migration” (Oxford), “Varieties of Capitalism and Europeanization” (Oxford), “Labour Migration in Europe”(Palgrave) and “Internalizing Globalization: The Rise of Neoliberalism and the Decline of National Varieties of Capitalism” (Palgrave). He has also published numerous articles in learned journals on questions of migration, the effects of Europeanization and economic liberalization, and labour and social policy. He has served as Visiting Scholar at Pittsburgh, EUI Florence, ANU, Oxford, and MPI Cologne.

Link to the Homepage of Prof. Menz

Winter Term 2009/2010

  • Rainer Bauböck

Rainer Bauböck holds a chair in social and political theory at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute. His main research intersts are in normative political theory and comparative research on democratic citizenship, European integration, migration, nationalism and minority rights. Bauböck coordinates a number of research projects on citizenship laws and policies in the European Union and is member of the IMISCOE network. Among his main publications are “Transnational Citizenship. Membership and Rights in International Migration” (1994), “The Acquisition and Loss of Nationality, Policies and Trends in 15 European states” (vol.1: comparative analyses, vol. 2 country analyses), and: “Citizenship Policies in the New Europe” (2007).

Link to Prof. Bauböck's Homepage

Courses taught by Rainer Bauböck at the University of Vienna:

SE: Migration and Transnational Citizenship

  • Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels

is Director of the MA in Migration Studies at the University of Kent at Brussels. She researches and publishes on a variety of issues related to migration, citizenship, transnationalism, and the political participation of immigrants. Her most recent publication is a chapter on Aussiedler migration in "Diasporic Homecomings" (2009), ed. Takeyuki Tsuda, Stanford University Press.

Link to Prof. Klekowski's Homepage

Courses taught by Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels at the University of Vienna:

VO Migrations- Staatsangehörigkeits- und Integrationstheorie/ -politik (engl.)

Methodenwerkstatt: - Migration- und Integrationsforschung (engl.)

SpezialisierungsSE - Migrationspolitik und -theorie - und Integrationspolitik und -theorie in Vergleich.