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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS)

Verena Seibel

Name
Verena Seibel
Status
BGSS Alumni 2011
E-Mail
vseibel (at) gmx.de
Dissertation Title

Over-education among Immigrants in Germany

 

Abstract

Within my dissertation I am looking at the risk factors of becoming and staying over-educated among immigrants in Germany. Over-education refers to employees whose educational level is higher than the level actually required for their occupation. I am thereby addressing the following research questions:

Why are some immigrant groups more likely to be over-educated than others and which factors influence the chances of finding (quickly) adequate employment?

What is the role of social capital in this process, hence, how do family members and friends actively and emotionally support the immigrant job seeker in the process of coping with becoming/avoiding over-education?

What are the consequences of over-education in a life course perspective in terms of employment and family patterns?

I am thereby contributing to the literature by a) extending the concept of over-education and b) incorporating social capital theory into the theoretical model.  The National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) serves as the data base with which I will test my hypotheses.  Several methods will be used such as sequence analysis, logit regression analysis and event history analysis.

 

Academic Education

2008

Erasmus student at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands

2009

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Faculty of Statistics and Social Methods, Mannheim University, Germany

2009-2011

Master of Science, Sociology and Social Research, Graduate School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Since 2011

PhD candidate, Berlin Graduate School of Social Science and European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

 

Internships

2005

Hilton Berlin, Germany, Public Relations and Marketing

2006

Columbia University, School of Public and International Affairs, NY, USA

United Nations NGO Committee on Sustainable Development

2009

GESIS- Leibniz Institute for Social Science, Mannheim, German, Research Unit: Centre for Survey Design and Methodology

2010

Social Science Research Center  (WZB), Berlin, Germany

Research Unit: Migration, Integration, Transnationalization

2012

Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research, Antwerpen University, Belgium

 

Teaching

2008/2009

Social Structures and Processes (Bachelor Seminar), Faculty of Macro Sociology, Mannheim University

2009

Applied Methods (Bachelor Seminar), Faculty of  Methods in the Political Science, Zurich University

 

Research Experience

2007

Research assistant of the Collaborative Research Centre 504; Project “Educational Aspiration, Reference Groups and Educational Decisions”, Mannheim University

2010/2011

Research assistant; project “The Costs and Benefits of Micro-Financing”, Utrecht University and Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences

 

Visitorships

2012

Guest researcher at the Institute of Social Science, Zurich University, Switzerland

 

Scholarships

2009-2011

Utrecht Excellence Scholarship

   2010/2011

   Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation)

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) [German Academic Exchange Service]

Since 2011

Doctoral scholarship awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded under the Initiative for Excellence Program oft he German Federal and State Governments

 

 

Other Activities

2006-2008

AIESEC, External Relations und People Development Team

Student initiative Club of Rome e.V. (SICoR e.V.)

2007

Assistant of the Collaborative Research Centre 504; Interviewer of the Research Project “Educational Aspiration, Reference Groups and Educational Decisions”

Tutor of the “International Summer Academy 2007”, Summacum GmbH, German as a second Language

2008

Teaching assistant for „Social Structures and Processes“, Faculty of Macro-Sociology, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Ebbinghaus

2009

Student Representative of the Graduate Program ‘Sociology and Social Research’; Member of the Educational Committee of the Graduate School of Social and Behavioral Science of the Utrecht University

2010-2011

Student Representative of the Graduate Program ‘Sociology and Social Research’; Member of the Educational Committee of the Graduate School of Social and Behavioral Science of the Utrecht University

Research assistant of the project “The costs and Benefits of Micro- financing”, ‘Academic Assistant Program’, Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences

 

Language Skills

German (fluent in every aspect)

English (fluent in every aspect)

Arabic (basic knowledge)

Dutch (good understanding and basic written knowledge)

 

Computer Skills

Microsoft Office (Word, Access, Excel, & Powerpoint)

Stata (excellent knowledge)

SPSS (good knowledge)

HLM, AMOS (good knowledge)

LaTeX (basic knowledge)