Principal Investigator of the SOCIALBOND project
Clemens Kroneberg is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Cologne. His research focuses on diversity and boundary making; action theory and social networks; and crime and deviance. Kroneberg is Speaker of the Competence Area “Social and Economic Behavior” at the University of Cologne, a member of the ECONtribute Center of Excellence (Universities of Bonn and Cologne), an external fellow of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research and an elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sociology.
Personal website: www.kroneberg.eu
Hanno Kruse was a postdoctoral researcher in the SOCIALBOND project (2017-2021) before taking on his current position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on urban sociology, social networks, and the origins and consequences of segregation. It is driven by the question of how social structures operate behind the backs of those involved.
Personal website: https://hannokruse.com
Ph.D. Student (SOCIALBOND team member 2018-2021)
Heike Krüger is a doctoral researcher in the SOCIALBOND project since 2018. She studied Social Sciences (B. Sc.) and subsequently Sociology and Empirical Social Research (M. Sc.) at the University of Cologne. Within the SOCIALBOND project, she works on a network-analytical perspective on social support and social integration and its relevance for mental well-being in adolescence. In the field of methods, she specializes in quantitative research designs and data analysis, e.g., social network analysis and smartphone-based experience sampling.
Ph.D. student (SOCIALBOND team member 2018-2021)
Sven Lenkewitz works at the Chair of Sociology I at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology and the DFG project “Juvenile delinquency in urban school and residential contexts” at the University of Cologne. He obtained his Master’s degree in “Sociology and Social Research” from the University of Bremen where he worked in the research project “Winners of Globalization? A Study on the Emergence of a Transnational Elite in Europe” (Prof. Dr. Teney) before joining the SOCIALBOND project. His research interests are education and social inequality, social integration of (children) of immigrants and social network analysis.
Andrea Wingen (geb. Meckel)
Ph.D. Student (SOCIALBOND team member 2018-2022)
Before joining the SOCIALBOND project in 2018, Andrea Wingen obtained a Master of Science in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Cologne. Her dissertation is located at the intersection of sociology and social psychology and develops and applies new methods to study the nexus between ethnic diversity and trust in the school context.
Ph.D. Student (SOCIALBOND team member 2018-2022)
Mark Wittek holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Cologne. His dissertation explores the formation of status orders in three different settings: secondary schools, scientific fields, and the Hollywood film industry. Within the SOCIALBOND project his focus lies on how ethnic categories are constructed and negotiated in students’ social networks. He applies network-analytical methods to inform the study of ethnic boundaries, theories on social status, and a dynamic perspective on organizational fields.
Affiliated and visiting researchers
Ph.D. Student at the IMPRS-SPCE, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Agnes Tarnowski is a doctoral researcher at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies since October 2018 (see her profile). She studied Social Sciences (B.Sc.) and Sociology and Empirical Social Research (M. Sc.) at the University of Cologne. In close connection to the SOCIALBOND project, her dissertation project explores school principals’ sense making and meaning construction about a diverse student body by applying a nested mixed-method research design. The project aims to understand the obstacles and opportunities for integrating minority students into secondary schools in North Rhine-Westphalia and seeks to identify strategies that contribute to the creation of culturally inclusive schools.
While pursuing a PhD in sociology at Cornell University, Xinwei Xu has been a visiting doctoral researcher in the SOCIALBOND project from October 2019 until 2021 on a DAAD scholarship. Her areas of interest include social networks, culture and cognition, and intergroup relations. Based on CILS4EU data, her dissertation research focuses on ethnic boundary-making mechanisms among adolescence in the school setting. In particular, she examines how intergroup boundaries form and evolve among adolescent friendship networks, and, in turn, how the network embeddedness of immigrant children shapes their identities and integration outcomes.
Former team members
Ph.D. Student (SOCIALBOND team member 2018-2019)
Kathrin Lämmermann studied Sociology in Mannheim, Groningen, and Cologne. Before joining SOCIALBOND, she worked in the research project “Friendship and Violence in Adolescence.” Her dissertation addresses new questions about network segregation and ethnic diversity in the school context. Kathrin Lämmermann has meanwhile joined a DFG project at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES).