Prof. Dr. Marc Helbling

Prof. Dr. Marc Helbling
Chair of Sociology with a Specialization in the Areas of Migration and Integration
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
A 5, 6 Bauteil B – Raum 101
68159 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
by appointment

Marc Helbling is full professor at the Department of Sociology and the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim. Previously, he was a full professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Bamberg and head of the Emmy-Noether research group ‘Immigration Policies in Comparison’ (IMPIC) at WZB Berlin Social Science Center. He is currently an associate editor of the International Migration Review and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

He was a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a visiting scholar at Harvard University, New York University, the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence and the City University of New York (CUNY). He spent shorter research stays, among others, at Oxford University, the University of Sydney and at McGill University.

He works on immigration and citizenship policies, xenophobia/islamophobia, populist and extremist attitudes, causes of migration and integration of migrants. His work has appeared in sociology journals (e.g., European Sociological Review, Social Forces) in political science journals (e.g., British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research) and migration journals (e.g., International Migration Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies). He has edited a volume on 'Islamophobia in the West' (Routledge) and co-authored a book on 'Political Conflict in Western Europe' (Cambridge UP).

He studied political science at the University of Lausanne and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Zurich.

  • Professional Career

    01/21 – presentMember, Expert Council on Integration and Migration, Berlin
    08/20 – presentFull professor of sociology of migration and integration (W3), University of Mannheim, Department of Sociology and Mannheim Center for European Social Research
    05/16 – presentResearch Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Center
    04/15 – 07/20Full professor of political sociology (W3), University of Bamberg, Department of Political Science
    05/11 – 04/16Head of Emmy-Noether research group Immigration Policies in Comparison (IMPIC), WZB Berlin Social Science Center
    02/14 – 05/14Lecturer, University of Lucerne, Department for Political Science
    06/10 – 06/15Elected member of The Young Academy at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
    02/09 – 04/11Senior Researcher, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, research unit 'Migration, Integration und Transnationlization'
    12/02 – 01/09Lecturer (07 – 09)/ researcher and teaching assistant (02 – 07), University of Zurich, Center of Comparative and National Studies
    02/02 – 11/02Research assistant, University of Lausanne, Department for Political and International Studies


  • Selected Publications

    • Marc Helbling and Daniel Meierrieks (2020): “Transnational Terrorism and Restrictive Immigration Policies”, Journal of Peace Research 57(4): 564–580.
    • Marc Helbling (2020): “Attitudes Towards Climate Change Migrants”, Climatic Change 160(1): 89–102.
    • Marc Helbling and Richard Traunmüller (2020): “What is Islamophobia? Disentangling Citizens’ Feelings Towards Ethnicity, Religion and Religiosity Using a Survey Experiment”, British Journal of Political Science 50(3): 811–828.
    • Conrad Ziller and Marc Helbling (2019): “Antidiscrimination Laws, Policy Knowledge, and Political Support”, British Journal of Political Science 49(3): 1027-1044.
    • Marc Helbling and David Leblang (2019): “Controlling immigration? How regulations affect migration flows”, European Journal of Political Research 58(1): 248–269.
    • Marc Helbling, Liv Bjerre, Friederike Römer and Malisa Zobel (2017): “Measuring Immigration Policies: The IMPIC-Database”, European Political Science16(1):79–98.
    • Marc Helbling and Richard Traunmüller (2016): “How State Support of Religion Shapes Attitudes Toward Muslim Immigrants. New Evidence from a Subnational Comparison”, Comparative Political Studies 49(3): 391–424.
    • Sarah Carol, Marc Helbling and Ines Michalowski (2015): “A struggle over religious rights? How Muslim minorities and natives view the accommodation of religious rights in six European countries”, Social Forces 94(2): 647–671.
    • Marc Helbling (2014): “Opposing Muslims and the Muslim Headscarf in Western Europe”, European Sociological Review 30(2): 242–257.
    • Marc Helbling and Hanspeter Kriesi (2014): “Opposing low-skilled immigrants: Labor market competition, welfare state and deservingness”, European Sociological Review 30(5): 595–614.
    • Hanspeter Kriesi, Edgar Grande, Martin Dolezal, Marc Helbling, Dominic Hoeglinger, Swen Hutter and Bruno Wüest (2012): Political Conflict in Western Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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