Image of Thompson Hall
University News

Visiting Scholar Irena Kogan to Present Talk on Forced Migration March 27

Irena Kogan
Irena Kogan

Irena Kogan, a professor of comparative sociology at the University of Mannheim in Germany who is visiting UMass Amherst on a scholar-in-residence grant this month, will present a talk on partnership formation in the context of forced migration of refugees from the Middle East to Europe on March 27, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Thompson Hall 919. Preregistration is not required and all members of the campus community are welcome to attend the presentation, during which lunch will be served.

Kogan’s research focuses on social inequality, migration and labor markets. In particular, she studies structural, social and cultural aspects of immigrant integration, transition from school to work and the role of human capital and social and cultural resources in these processes. The role of countries’ institutional characteristics in explaining societal processes drives her research, which is largely internationally comparative.

Kogan has been involved in a number of large-scale projects and is currently a principal investigator in two studies: “Partnership formation in the context of refugee migration,” funded through the ERC Consolidator Grant, and “Upwardly mobile through STEM? STEM competences, participation and returns among ethnic minority women and men in Germany,” funded by the Thyssen Foundation. In addition, Kogan is co-directing the German component of the “Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries,” funded by the German Research Foundation. She is also involved in the Horizon2020 project “PIONEERED” and is a speaker for the Knowledge Network on Racism Research.

Kogan’s scholar-in-residence talk is sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Sociology, the SBS Migration Working Group and the Researcher Mobility Program of the State-to-State Program Baden-Württemberg.