Doctoral Students

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"Development Cooperation as a means of European Union external Migration Management: Trade-offs, inconsistencies, and implications for EU institutional balances".

This PhD project explores the question of how the EU uses development cooperation as a means of external migration management. In the course of the so-called refugee crisis, the strategy of involving countries of origin and transit in migration management is becoming increasingly popular both at the EU level and in the member states. This phenomenon is known in academia as the externalisation of EU migration policy. The externalisation strategy aims to prevent people from making their way to Europe in the first place, but to find protection in their countries of origin and other third countries. This approach is also called the root cause approach, as it aims to eliminate the causes of flight. Development cooperation plays a central role in the externalisation policy and the root cause approach. In this context, actors from development cooperation complain that it is being undermined by migration management and that its actual goals, such as sustainable poverty reduction, are being disregarded. This project understands EU development cooperation and EU migration policy as separate policy fields that have recently become intertwined. This, according to the hypothesis, gives rise to a new EU "development-migration policy field". In this sense, this PhD project asks about the constitution of this policy field through the refugee crisis and about possible different logics of action and paradoxes of this policy field. It also asks to what extent the emergence of this policy field has an influence on the institutional network of the EU.

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"The Holy Man: Aspects of Cinematic Memory in Post-War European Cinema".

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Kseniia Cherniak is a research fellow and a PhD candidate at the Europa-Universität Flensburg. She received bachelor and master degree in sociology at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine), where she also worked as a chair assistant at the Department of Political Sociology, and a master degree in Sociology – European Societies at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), where she was a student assistant at the project AFFIN (Affective and cultural Dimensions of Integration in the wake of fleeing and immigration). For two years she also worked as a research assistant at the Centre for East-European and International Studies (ZOiS) (Berlin).

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"European integration in the area of defence: theoretical and methodological investigation"

The research project aims to conceptualise and develop the methodological background for studying the phenomenon of defence integration in the European Union. Although in recent years the topics of defence integration and related processes has been actively discussed by researchers and policy analysts, barely any study defines the phenomenon and provides clear understanding of what is analysed under the defence integration and why. The dissertation aims to close this research gap by applying the framework of sociology of knowledge to the research on European defence policy and European integration. It is expected to form conceptual and methodological foundation for further investigation and observation of the defence integration in the European Union and beyond.

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Tthe (regional) difference in female employment growth. She is doctoral researcher at the Department for  Comparative Political Economy of the Institute for International Management.

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The comparison of Christian and Islamic textbooks with regard to their dialogue potential.

In this dissertation project, Christian and Islamic textbooks are examined with regard to their image of the other religion. It will be examined which dialogue potential is conveyed to pupils and teachers through the textbooks. These results will be compared in a second step, so that a picture of the different religious textbooks in the context of interreligious and dialogical questions becomes clear, especially from comparative theology.

Hanna Kieschnick is a researcher in the DFG project Paradoxes of EU Free Movement of Persons. Preference formation processes for and against European integration and a doctoral student at the Europa-Universität Flensburg. In the project, she mainly focuses on Romania as a case country. She studied European Studies at Syddansk Universitet in Sønderborg (Denmark) and obtained a Master's degree in International Politics and International Law at Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, where she also worked as a research assistant. Her Master's thesis focused on the influence of social movements and protest movements on agenda-setting in international institutions. Her research interests include the dynamics of the EU integration process, institutional change and party systems, possibilities for action and political potentials of non-state actors, as well as critical perspectives on political-economic processes.

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The right to healthcare of undocumented migrants in Germany, France and Italy

The right to healthcare and its protection is essential to living a dignified life. Nevertheless, undocumented migrants do not hold equal rights as regular residents do. They need access to healthcare, but are, because of their residence status not necessarily entitled to it, or only to a small extent compared to people with a regular residence status.

The research analyses the right to healthcare in international and European law and compares the concrete design of healthcare benefits granted to undocumented migrants in Germany, Italy and France. The research is linked to the bigger question of the universality of human rights and if undocumented migrants benefit from promises under human rights law.

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Social services for people in permanent need of assistance in Europe: Potentials of deeper European integration

Social services, such as care and assistance for the elderly or people with disabilities, are organised nationally within the EU. The EU Services Directive of 2006 even explicitly excludes the sector from the European integration process. At the same time, with increasing worker mobility, the demand for cross-border social services is also rising. This project will explore the possibilities of deeper European integration in this sector. Approaches to this research include the comparison of welfare state systems, the importance of solidarity between member states for past integration attempts, as well as parallels to the (more advanced) integration of the health services sector.


"The Convergence of the Far-right and Far-left Political Parties on the Socioeconomic Policies in Europe"

This research investigates the realignment and the dealignment processes of the radical parties in Europe, especially focusing on the stances of immigration, class appeal and attitudes towards the European Union integration. The project aims to demonstrate the changing and overlapping nature of radical and mainstream politics in Europe while identifying the factors that incite such shifts throughout the 21st century.

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"The Relevance of Migrant Integration Policies in Prevention of Diaspora Nationalism"

Following the arrival of the Gastarbeiter (guest workers) in the 1960s and 1970s, German states have pursued various migrant integration policies. While some German states have introduced inclusive and liberal policies, the others have followed a rather assimilationist approach. Since the results of recent studies illustrate that, although to a varying extent, migrant integration policies have an impact on diaspora nationalism, this dissertation concerns with the third generation of migrants, and seeks to understand what role migrant integration policies play in the persistence of ethnic retention.

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"Who becomes a European Teacher?

A Bourdieusian approach to internationalisation in teacher education: A cross-field application of the notion of the ‘transnational habitus.’"

This research is concerned with the Europeanisation of teacher education viewed through a sociological lense.

As recognised by policy makers in the European Union (EU), administrators, and scholars alike, teacher education in all EU member states has to prepare teachers for the demands presented by internationalisation and a global context. On a related note, a widely voiced argument is that there is need for increased political and institutional commitment to internationalisation and Europeanisation in teacher education. This work will be concerned with different questions which arise against this background. A central idea discussed here is the concept of the European teacher as a model the EU is striving to create through the internationalisation of and by infusing a global and European perspective into teacher education – with the result to produce educators who can support all students and who can teach from multicultural, global and ethnorelativist perspectives. But how do European teachers become European teachers and who becomes a European teacher? This work approaches these questions through social theory, specifically Pierre Bourdieu´s concepts of social fields and habitus. In line with many recent scholarly works, I aim to apply Bourdieu´s toolbox and explore the notion of transnational habitus in the context of different social fields with the intend to analyse the formation of a transnational habitus – if and under which conditions it emerges and who develops it. In this work, I will explore the notion of transnational habitus as a possible feature of the European teacher and challenges for teacher education in Europe arising in this context.

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"The role of the European Commission in European Budgetary Politics"

This doctoral research aims to analyse the dynamics of preference formation and negotiation strategies of the Commission in European budgetary politics. With powers that range from the formal agenda-setting to an informal presence throughout the budgetary process, the Commission remains a pivotal actor in this policy field. Yet, after the strong entrepreneurship of the earliest Colleges, the Commission appeared progressively less ambitious. The changing attitude of this institution offers, thus, an interesting puzzle to solve. Is the Commission increasingly restrained towards budgetary politics or is it shifting its priorities and interests? This study intends to challenge the traditional understanding of the Commission as a static and rather indulgent actor of the budgetary politics, depicting a more detailed and nuanced picture. The research might have positive impacts on both the theoretical debate on supranational institutions and budgetary politics, as well as on the concrete unfolding of the budgetary procedures. Indeed, the recent developments induced by the pandemic confirm the relevance of this research, which could contribute to the understanding of a particularly salient policy domain of the EU.

Alejandro Valdivia is a social scientist in international relations, specialising in global health, international protection and international patent law. Cross-cutting themes of his research are ethics and gender. As part of his work as a research assistant and PhD candidate at the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies in Flensburg, Alejandro is working on the Franco-German research project "Access+" on access to social rights for women and migrants in France and Germany.

Alejandro's dissertation project deals with the representation of health interests of workers in the low-wage sector of the service industry in France and Germany. He examines the interaction between labour unions and political parties in regard to the health interests of precarious workers.

Alejandro holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the TU Dresden (Germany) and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the Universities of Besancon and Strasbourg (France). Alejandro also holds a degree in Humanities from the Jesuit University Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (Peru)."

Monika Verbalyte holds a B.A. in Political Science from Vilnius University (2007) and an M.A. in European Sociology from Freie Universität Berlin (2010). From 2015 to 2020 she was a research assistant in the project "Network Europe: Transnational Human Activities and European Integration" at the University of Magdeburg and now she is starting at the Europa-Universität Flensburg in the project "Value Conflicts in a Differentiated Europe (ValCon)", directed by Prof. Monika Eigmüller. Monika Verbalyte is also a doctoral candidate at the Department of Sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin. In her dissertation "The Emotional Dynamics of Political Scandal" she investigates how public emotions are produced, articulated and shaped by the media during political scandal.

Research interests

  • sociology of emotion
  • political communication
  • political attitudes and behaviour
  • European sociology
  • social network analysis
  • discourse analysis

She has already published several peer-reviewed articles: in the European Journal of Political Science and Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. In the latter, she is now also guest editor of the special issue on affective reactions to political crises in Europe and in American Behavioral Scientist on the link between populism and emotions.

The doctoral project deals with transformation processes in peripheral areas.

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  • Internationalisierung und Globalisierung (und dem darin enthaltenen Europa Bezug) in der Lehrer*innenbildung
  • Weitere Schwerpunkte in Lehre und Forschung
    • Ethnographie und Diskursethnographie
    • Rekonstruktive Sozialforschung
    • Verhältnisse zwischen Schule, Familie und Raum
    • Institutionen aus praxistheoretischer Perspektive
    • Erzieherische und pädagogische Grenzverschiebungen
    • Bildung und Gewalt

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Dr. Christine Barwick is a sociologist specialising in international migration and mobility, Europeanisation and urban sociology. She studied social sciences at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin (B.A. and M.A.). Her doctoral thesis on social mobility and neighbourhood choice of Turkish-Germans in Berlin (Humboldt Universität Berlin) received several awards, including the Dissertation Award of the Urban and Regional Sociology Section of the German Sociological Association and the Hartmut Häußermann Award 'Socially Integrative City'. As a post-doctoral researcher, she was involved in the Centre for European Studies at Sciences Po Paris, project 'What is governed in the large metropolis? Comparing Paris and London', and at the Centre Marc Bloch Berlin, in the research group 'Migration, Mobility and Spatial Reordering'.

Christine is currently working on the ACCESS + project on access to social rights for EU migrants, as well as on cross-border mobility, transnationalism and identification of Black and Ethnic Minority Europeans.

Research focus

    Social inequality

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Dr Vincent Gengnagel is research associate at the Department of Sociology and managing editor of the journal Culture, Practice and Europeanization.

Research focus

  •     Europeanisation processes
  •     Political sociology, esp. field theory
  •     Sociology of expertise and intellectual fields
  •     Comparative and historical sociology, esp. of the social sciences and humanities
  •     Theories of the 'political
  •     Public sociology

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  • Politische Soziologie
  • qualitative empirische Sozialforschung
  • Grenzforschung
  • Europäische Integration
  • Nationalstaatlichkeit

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The Proudest Symbol We Could Put Forward?’ The Pink Triangle as symbol of transatlantic homosexual identity from the 1970s to the 1990s war ein Beitrag sowohl zu den Bereichen der europäischen queeren Geschichte als auch zur Globalgeschichte. Die Studie befasst sich mit transnationalen und transatlantischen kulturellen Kommunikationsnetzen von den 1970er bis zur Mitte der 1990er-Jahren und konzentriert sich auf den Rosa Winkel als Identitätsmarker in Kreisen von LSBTTIQAktivist:innen in Deutschland, Kanada, und den USA.  Dr. Sébastien Tremblay konzentrierte mich auf neue Trends der Ideengeschichte und verfolgte die visuelle Begriffsgeschichte des Rosa Winkels als vielschichtiges Symbol und Ästhetik einer imaginierten internationalen queeren Subkultur. Seine Arbeit ist die erste Studie einer der wichtigsten Symbole der euroamerikanischen Geschichte: Sie hat auch erstmals queere Geschichte mit einer globalen Ideengeschichte und die visuelle Geschichte von Konzepten mit komparativen Gedächtnisstudien und Genozidforschung verbunden. Ein wichtiger Teil der Dissertation war es, die deutsche Geschichte und die europäische Geschichte von sozialen Bewegungen mit einer Geschichte der globalen Wissenszirkulation zu verbinden. Über Vergleiche hinaus habt Dr. Sébastien Tremblay gezeigt, wie das Schreiben einer Geschichte der ‚Befreiung’ von Schwulen und Lesben das Schreiben von einer nationaler und einer transregionaler Geschichte impliziert. Er arbeitet derzeit an seiner ersten Monographie auf der Grundlage dieser Dissertation: A Badge of Injury: The Pink Triangle as Global Symbol of Gay and Lesbian Identities in the 20th Century.

Dr. Sébastien Tremblays neues Forschungsprojekt ist für seine zukünftige Habilitation konzipiert und geplant. Der vorläufige Titel ist Jewish Prostitutes on the Move: ‘White Slavery,’ Migration, and Fin de Siècle Internationalism. Dieses Projekt befasst sich mit dem historischen Einfluss von migrierenden jüdischen Prostituierten und des philanthropischen Internationalismus auf das Border-Making vom Ende des 19. bis zur ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Es konzentriert sich auf die Arbeitsmigration und zeigt die longue durée sowohl des Antisemitismus als auch der Kontrolle der weiblichen Mobilität auf, während es gleichzeitig die methodologischen Grenzen des Konzepts der Agency unterstreicht. Zu diesem Zweck werden die Alltagsstrategien osteuropäischer jüdischer Migrantinnen in deutschen (Bremen, Hamburg, Berlin, Kiel (?)) und nordamerikanischen Städten (New York, Montréal) vom Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts bis zu den politischen Krisen der Weimarer Zeit untersucht. Diese Forschung untersucht die Lebenswege dieser Frauen, die sich sowohl als Frauen als auch als Jüdinnen in der Welt zurechtfanden, und konzentriert sich dabei auf diejenigen, die als sogenannte Kontrollmädchen oder sogenannte Straßenmädchen der Prostitution ausübten. Sie verknüpft Überlebensstrategien "vor Ort" mit zeitgenössischen institutionellen Deutungsmustern und der Verwendung einer Sprache der Abhängigkeiten und kolonialen Ängste, um das Leben von Frauen an der Grenze zu regulieren. Mit Blick auf die Geschichte von Intimität, Arbeit und Mobilität, mit einem größeren Fokus auf Bewegungsstudien, beabsichtige ich, Prozesse des doing border zu analysieren, ausgehend von europäischen Migrationsgeschichten, mit breiteren Auswirkungen in der transatlantischen Welt.


• Queere Geschichte und Sexualitätsgeschichte des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts
• Neuere und neueste deutsche Geschichte in globaler Perspektive
• Transatlantische Geschichte sozialer Bewegungen
• Migrationsgeschichte und ‚Border Studies‘
• Erinnerungskultur und Vergangenheitsbewältigung
• Visuelle Ideengeschichte / Begriffsgeschichte

Kleine Biografie

Dr. Sébastien Tremblay (er/ihn) ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Dozent an der Europa-Universität Flensburg. Er ist außerdem assoziierter Forscher für queere Geschichte am Goldsmiths, University of London in Großbritannien. Geboren in Montreal / Tiohtià:ke, promovierte er 2020 an der Graduate School of Global Intellectual History in Berlin. Seine Dissertation befasste sich mit dem Rosa Winkel als Symbol schwuler und lesbischer Identitäten in der transatlantischen Welt, genauer gesagt in der BRD , in den USA und Kanada. Für seine Promotion erhielt er Stipendien der Halleschen Stiftung für DeutschAmerikanische Beziehungen, der Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft, der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft und des DAAD. Vor Flensburg war Sébastien Postdoktorand am Internationalen Forschungskolleg des DFG-Exzellenzclusters "SCRIPTS – Contestations of the Liberal Script", wo er die Verbindung zwischen einer queeren kollektiven Erinnerung an den Nationalsozialismus und der medialen Konstruktion eines "homophoben Migranten" untersuchte und die Verknüpfungen zwischen Grenzen und Zeitlichkeit_en. Er hat mehrere Artikel, Rezensionen und Blogbeiträge in Französisch, Englisch und Deutsch veröffentlicht. Sein neuster Artikel über den Rosa Winkel in der transatlantischen Welt ist in der neuesten Ausgabe der Revue d’Allemagne et des Pays de Langue Allemande erschienen. Derzeit arbeitet er an seiner ersten Monographie auf der Grundlage seiner Dissertation: A Badge of Injury: The Pink Triangle as Global Symbol of Gay and Lesbian Identities in the 20th Century. Außerhalb der Wissenschaft hat Sébastien als Berater für das Schwule Museum in Berlin, das Goethe-Institut, die Berlinale und für deutschfranzösische Theaterstücke gearbeitet, die im Institut Français Berlin aufgeführt wurden

Dr. Stefan Wallaschek is post-doctoral researcher in the international research project "Value conflicts in a differentiated Europe" (ValCon) at the ICES. His main research interests are

  • Political (online-)communication
  • European politics
  • Political sociology
  • Solidarity research
  • Gender politics
  • Network analysis
  • Discourse analysis

More information on his recent projects and latest publications can be found on his personal website as well as on his institutional website

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