Karin Scherschel
Prof. Dr. Karin Scherschel
Academic Director ZFM
Building Marktplatz 13 | Room: MP13-107
Postal Address
Marktplatz 13
85072 Eichstätt

Prof. Dr. Karin Scherschel has been head of the Center for Flight and Migration at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt since April 1, 2020. Since March 2020 she has held the professorship for Flight and Migration Research at the Faculty of History and Social Sciences of the KU.


  • March to July 2017: Sir Peter Ustinov Visiting Professorship, Institute of Contemporary History, University of Vienna, Sir Peter Ustinov Institute, City of Vienna
  • November 2014: Habilitation; habilitation thesis: Precarious positions in asylum and flight migration. Studies on the significance of state regulation for social inequality, venia legendi: sociology, (Reviewers: Prof. Klaus Dörre, Prof. Stefan Lessenich, Prof. Christoph Köhler), Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
  • 2014-2020: Professor (W2) "Gesellschaftswissenschaftliche Grundlagen der Sozialen Arbeit mit Schwerpunkt soziale Ungleichheit und Teilhabe", HS RheinMain, Wiesbaden.
  • April 2014 to August 2014: Substitute for the professorship "Sociology with a focus on social inequality and gender research", Prof. Christine Wimbauer, University of Duisburg-Essen  
  • November 2013 to March 2014: research assistant, joint project: BuT ("Evaluation of the nationwide use and implementation of services for education and participation", Chair of Sociology of Work, Industrial and Economic Sociology, Prof. Klaus Dörre, Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
  • September to October 2013: Research Fellow, DFG College Post-Growth Societies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
  • March to August 2013: Substitute for the Professorship for Sociological Theory and Social Analyses (taking into account the gender dimension), Prof. Brigitte Aulenbacher, Johannes Kepler University Linz.
  • September 2012 to February 2013: Research Fellow, DFG-College Postal Growth Societies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
  • April 2010 to June 2012: Research Fellow, Deputy Project Leader, SFB 580, B9 subproject: "Is a new underclass emerging?", Chair of Sociology of Work, Industrial and Economic Sociology, Prof. Klaus Dörre, Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
  • October 2007 to March 2010: Research associate, joint project: "QUADRIGA - Qualification through individual assistance", Chair of Sociology of Work, Industrial and Economic Sociology, Prof. Klaus Dörre, Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Cooperations
  • August 2006 to August 2007: Assistant Professor for European Studies and Sociology, Institute for Sociology, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg.
  • since April 2006: Assistant Lecturer, Institute of Sociology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • February to March 2006: Research Collaboration Agreement, International and European Forum on Integration (Turin): "Migration Studies in Germany" INTI-ILO research report.
  • April 2004 to January 2006: Assistant position, Chair of Macrosociology, Prof. Eckhard Dittrich, Institute of Sociology, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg.
  • September 2003 to March 2004: Contract for work "Elaboration of recommendations for a Master's programme in European Studies". Centre for German and European Studies (ZDES), University of Bielefeld/ St. Petersburg
  • November 2003: PhD, Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld ("very good") "Racism as a flexible symbolic resource. A study on racist argumentation figures" (Reviewer: Prof. Jürgen Feldhoff, PD Dr. Paul Mecheril)
  • October 2001 to September 2002: PhD scholarship holder, Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • August 1999 to July 2001: PhD scholarship holder, graduate sponsorship North Rhine-Westphalia
  • February 1999: Degree, graduate sociologist, University of Bielefeld "Racist motivated assaults - a theoretical analysis" (very good "with distinction") (Reviewers: Prof. Jürgen Feldhoff, PD Dr. Volker Kruse)

Research Interests

  • Migration, asylum and flight
  • Human Rights
  • Citizenship and participation
  • Racism
  • Gender
  • Social inequality
  • Structural change of work/activating labour market policy
  • Basic income/precarization

Current Projects

Subproject B: "Media perception of Islam among politicians and journalists“

BMBF joint project "The Threat Scenario of "Islamist Terrorism" from the Perspectives of Politics, Media and Muslim Communities - An Empirical Study" in cooperation with Prof. Andreas Bock (Akkon University) and Prof. Iman Attia (ASH)

Duration: 1.2.2018-31.1.2021

Project collaborator: Benedikt Bazyar Gudrich

Tutor: Ingo Bartsch

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research; funding measure "Humanities and Social Sciences" in the funding area "Strengthening Cohesion in Times of Crises and Changes"


Subproject B at the HS RheinMain empirically analyses the perspective of politicians and journalists. Of interest is how media representations of Islam are taken up and thematized in the communication of these persons and how they (from the perspective of the interviewees) lead to political decision-making processes.

The subprojects of the research network pursue the question of a) how the topic 'Islamist threat' is conveyed in media representations with recourse to anti-Muslim topoi and how critical discourses are articulated and b) how media representations are taken up and thematized in the communication of politicians and journalists and how they (from the perspective of the interviewees) lead to political decision-making processes and c. ) how (as) Muslims (those who are marked) and Muslim communities (re)gain power of interpretation and action in the face of the security discourse, how they balance the relationship between consent and criticism, and what freedoms they create for themselves in order not to (completely) leave the discourse of the 'Muslim subject' to others.

Cooperation partners:

Book (research) project on "Refugee Women. Life Situations, Positionings and Support", Prof. Karin Scherschel, Prof. Schahrzad Farrokzhad (TH Köln) (2018-2021)

The book collects (1) current research findings on the life situation of refugee women in different areas of life (e.g. education, labour market, health), (2) positioning of refugee women and (3) an inventory of support and counselling structures. Significant for our examination of flight and gender is the recognition that not only theoretically and empirically founded knowledge about the life situations of refugee women is important, but also their own social positioning and self-assessments. We therefore choose an innovative format. In interviews we want to offer refugee women a forum to articulate their everyday experiences. In addition, selected service structures for counselling, accompaniment and support of refugee women will be included.

Completed projects (selection)

Labour market integration of migrant women in the context of asylum (German Language)

Duration: 10/2016-7/2018

Project collaborator: MA Anna Krämer

Tutor: Zübeyda Elbey

Funding: Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, Research Focus: Women's and Gender Studies


The research project investigates the access to the labour market of highly qualified women who have fled their homes. It is a pilot study in Hesse. The following research questions, among others, guide the explorative study: How are the target group's chances on the labour market shaped? To what extent are they actually perceived as labour market policy addressees? How do labour market policy actors view this group? What strategies do migrant women develop in the context of asylum in view of their labour market situation? What experiences do highly qualified female migrants have on the labour market? How do highly qualified women manage to contribute their skills and qualifications? Qualitative interviews are used to ascertain the subjective interpretations of the women who have fled and the perspectives of various labour market actors. The study is designed at the interface of sociological labour market, gender, migration and asylum research.

Committees and memberships

  • Rat für Migration
  • Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung
  • Netzwerk kritische Migrations- und Grenzregimeforschung
  • Scientific Network of the DFG "Grundlagen der Flüchtlingsforschung"
  • Member of the DGSA specialist group "Flucht, Migration und Rassismuskritik"
  • Organisation of "AK Gender" within the network "Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung", in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Ulrike Krause (Universität Osnabrück)
  • Memeber of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)
  • Member of Sektion Arbeits- und Industriesoziologie der DGS
  • Promotionszentrum Soziale Arbeit
  • confidential professor of Hans-Böckler-Stiftung
  • Advisor to the research project "Neue Kultur des Helfens oder Schattenökonomie? Engagement und Freiwillgenarbeit im Strukturwandel des Wohlfahrtsstaates", Project leader: Prof. Silke van Dyk/Dr. Tine Haubner, FSU Jena. (Funding: Hans Böckler Stiftung)
  • Advisor to the project "Demokratisch handeln, Vielfalt leben - Wie die Inklusion von geflüchteten Kindern und Jugendlichen gelingen kann!" Stadtjugendring Wiesbaden e. V. 15.07.2017-31.07.2020. (Funding: Bundesministerium für Familie, Frauen, Senioren und Jugend)
  • Honorary Membership Sir Peter Ustinov Institut

Prizes and awards

Courses and seminars

Summer term 2021
Winter term 2020/2021




Aufsatz in einem Buch


Herausgeberschaft einer Schriftenreihe oder einer Zeitschrift

Projektbericht, Forschungsbericht, Gutachten

Preprint, Working paper, Diskussionspapier