Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Macrosociology

Dr. Katja Schmidt

CV Dr. Katja Schmidt
Dr. Katja Schmidt
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Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Sozialwissenschaften → Makrosoziologie
Visiting address
Universitätsstraße 3b , Room 104
Phone number
+49 (0)30 2093-66626
Consultation hours
Thursdays 11-12 (by prior appointment via email)
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


Research Areas

  • Migration, Political Sociology, Attitudes and Attitude Change, Cohorts and Generations,
    Quantitative Data Analysis


Academic Education

  • 02/2018 – 12/2022
    PhD Candidate in Sociology Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS)
    Dissertation Topic: “Large-scale attitude changes toward immigrants and
    refugees: The roles of cohort affiliation and threat perceptions.” (summa
    cum laude)
    Supervisor: Jürgen Schupp (Freie Universitaet Berlin), Steffen Mau
    (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).
  • 10/2014 - 09/2017
    Master of Arts in Sociology – European Societies, Freie Universität Berlin
    Thesis title: Changes in Attitudes and Voting Behavior in Times of Rising Immigration. A Study on the Reasons for the Change in Attitudes toward Immigrants between 2002 and 2016 and their Effects on Voting Behavior in Parliamentary Elections.
  • 10/2009 - 09/2013
    Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Sociology, Political Science, Communication and Media studies), Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf
    Thesis Title: Does German Foreign Policy Behavior Conform with the Role Concept of a Civil Power in the Fight against International Terrorism?


Academic Career

  • Since 01/2023
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Social Sciences, Research Unit
    Macrosociology, Lead: Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 06/2020 – 12/2022
    Project Management and Research Associate at Socio-Economic Panel
    (SOEP), DIW Berlin
    Project: Sharing Knowledge and Creating New Formats for
    Communication and Knowledge Transfer between Science and Society
    Based on the Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP-Transfer), funded by
    German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • 02/2018 – 08/2021
    Doctoral researcher at Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), DIW Berlin, DE
    Project: Affective and Cultural Dimensions of Integration Following
    Forced Migration and Immigration (AFFIN), funded by German Federal
    Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)





Journal articles peer reviewed

  • Schmidt, Katja; Jacobsen, Jannes; Iglauer, Theresa (2023). Proximity to refugee accommodations does not affect locals’ attitudes toward refugees: evidence from Germany. European Sociological Review, jcad028, open access:
  • Schmidt, Katja (2023). Eine migrationsfreundlichere Gesellschaft durch den Generationenwandel? Kohortenanalysen für Ost- und Westdeutschland. SozW Soziale Welt, 73(4): 639-679. DOI: 10.5771/0038-6073-2022-4-639
  • Breznau, Nate; Rinke, Eike Mark; Wuttke, Alexander; Nguyen H. V., Hung, [...] Schmidt, Katja [165 authors] (2022): Observing many researchers using the same data and hypothesis reveals a hidden universe of uncertainty. (PNAS) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 119 (44), open access:
  • Schmidt, Katja (2021). The Dynamics of Attitudes towards Immigrants: Cohort analyses for Western EU member states. International Journal of Comparative Sociology. 2021; 62(4): 281-310, open access:


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