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HJA_abschiedI am a Ph. D. fellow at the Cologne Graduate School (CGS) of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. My dissertation project aims at enhancing the understanding of discourse effects on the public opinion toward immigration and immigrants. To this end, I’ve conducted three quantitative studies on the impact of the political & the media environment on attitudes toward different immigrants groups and immigration in general (see here for further information on the individual studies). I’ve published papers in the prestigious journals European Sociological Review and the Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. Moreover, I’ve received various awards for my research so far, including the best paper award 2016 of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the Janet A. Harkness best student paper award 2014 of the World Association for Public Opinion Research and the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and an honorable mention for European Survey Research Association early career award 2017. For more information on my vita please click here.

In addition to working on my Ph. D. project at the CGS, I am currently also a part-time research assistant at the chair for Empirical Social and Economic Research of the University of Cologne, where I am teaching econometric exercises for students of the social sciences on master level.

Before I started my dissertation project, I studied sociology, political science, social psychology, and social policy at the Universities of Mannheim and Cologne.
Generally, my research interests include public opinion toward migration, inter-group relations and immigrant integration, as well as contextual effects and empirical research methods (mostly quantitative). Methodologically, my focus so far has been hierarchical linear models and the analysis of longitudinal data. Recently, I have become increasingly interested in the text as data-field.

Feel free to contact me.

key publications:

Czymara, Christian S. & Schmidt-Catran, Alexander W. (2017): Refugees Unwelcome? Changes in the Public Acceptance of Immigrants and Refugees in Germany in the Course of Europe’s ‘Immigration Crisis’. European Sociological Review 33 (6): 735 – 751.

Czymara, Christian S. & Schmidt-Catran, Alexander W. (2016): Wer ist in Deutschland willkommen? Eine Vignettenanalyse zur Akzeptanz von Einwanderern. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 68 (2): 1 – 35.

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