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Dr. Stephan Dochow-Sondershaus

Stephan Dochow-Sondershaus works as a Research Associate in the project "Opinion Polarization on Identity Politics and Denationalization Issues: A Longitudinal Comparative Perspective" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Previously, he investigated educational inequalities by ethnicity at the University of Bamberg. His PhD thesis is entitled „Longitudinal Perspectives on Ethnic Diversity and Social Cohesion: Mass Media, Neighborhoods and Residential Mobility”.


  • 2015 – 2019 PhD in Sociology, University of Bremen/Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • 2012 – 2015 Master of Science in Sociology and Empirical Social Research, University of Cologne
  • 2009 – 2013 Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Mannheim

Opinion dynamics and opinion polarization
Educational inequalities and aspirations
Causal inference
Application of panel data
Neighborhood ethnic diversity and social cohesion
Ethnic segregation and residential mobility

Peer-reviewed articles:

Dochow-Sondershaus, S. (2022). Ideological polarization during a pandemic: Tracking the alignment of attitudes toward COVID containment policies and left-right self-identification. Front. Sociol. 7, 958672. doi: 10.3389/fsoc.2022.958672.

Czymara, C. S., Dochow-Sondershaus, S., Drouhot, L. G., Simsek, M., and Spörlein, C. (2022). Catalyst of hate? Ethnic insulting on YouTube in the aftermath of terror attacks in France, Germany and the United Kingdom 2014–2017. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 1–19. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2022.2100552.

Dochow, S., and Neumeyer, S. (2021). An investigation of the causal effect of educational expectations on school performance. Behavioral consequences, time-stable confounding, or reciprocal causality? Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 71, 100579. doi: 10.1016/j.rssm.2020.100579.

Czymara, C. S., and Dochow, S. (2018). Mass Media and Concerns about Immigration in Germany in the 21st Century: Individual-Level Evidence over 15 Years. European Sociological Review 34, 381–401. doi: 10.1093/esr/jcy019.

Book sections and other publications:

Dochow-Sondershaus, S. (2022). “Ethnische Nachbarschaftskomposition und die Entwicklung einwanderungsbezogener Sorgen in Zeiten starker Zuwanderung,” in Differenz im Raum, eds. H. Kruse and J. Teltemann (Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden), 171–194. doi: 10.1007/978-3-658-35009-3_6.

Dochow, Stephan (2019) ``Longitudinal Perspectives on Ethnic Diversity and Social Cohesion: Mass Media, Neighborhoods and Residential Mobility'', PhD thesis, open access at https://elib.suub.uni-bremen.de/peid=D00107428

Working Papers:

Dochow-Sondershaus, S., and Neumeyer, S. (2022). Which facet of immigrant optimism best explains immigrant students’ higher transition rates to academic upper secondary education? Insights from causal mediation analysis. SocArXiv doi: 10.31235/osf.io/by2jg.

Dochow-Sondershaus, S., and Teney, C. (2022). Trends in structural polarization in attitudes towards immigration and the European Union in Germany: the role of occupational classes. SocArXiv doi: 10.31235/osf.io/qm46p.

Teney, C., Dochow-Sondershaus, S., and Lovette, F. (2022). Gendered Effect of Parenthood on Voting Behaviour in the 2021 German Federal Elections. SocArXiv doi: 10.31235/osf.io/spkjr.

Dochow-Sondershaus, S. (2021). The Role of Length of Residence and Selective Residential Mobility in Social Contact Formation in Ethnically Diverse Neighborhoods. SocArXiv doi: 10.31235/osf.io/6jkvy.

Dochow, S., Neumeyer, S., and Spörlein, C. (2020). Are students with migration background aiming too high? Competence development and subjective school experience after ambitious transitions from primary to secondary education in Germany.