Karin Schittenhelm is Professor of Sociology at the University of Siegen, Germany and she joins the IES as a member of the SSHRC Cluster Transatlantic Dialogue program. She has taught at Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin and has been a Fellow at the Institute of Research on Contemporary Societies (CNRS) in Paris. Her research interests include migration research, political culture and collective memory, education and work in the life course, and methods of empirical research.

Her current research concerns a qualitative investigation on the labor market integration of highly skilled immigrants in Germany, Great Britain, Turkey and Canada, carried out by an international study group (entitled: Cultural Capital during Migration). Her focus is on the impact of social networks and group formation upon immigrant’s labor market integration and on the second generation’s trajectories in education and work. She is also working on theoretical concepts and methodological issues of comparative research on immigrant societies.