Prof. Dr. Ines Michalowski

Ines Michalowski
David Ausserhofer


ines.michalowski [at]
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin

Research fields

Sociology of Religion | Organization and Diversity | Citizenship


since 04/ 2021 WZB Fellow, affiliated with the research unit Migration, Integration, Transnationalization

since 12/2019 Professor of Sociology of Relgion at the Department of Sociology, University of Münster, Germany:

03/2008 - 12/ 2020 Research Fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center

10/ 2017 - 09/2018 Visiting professor for sociology, especially sociology of religion at the University of Göttingen (interim professorship Matthias Koenig) 

02 – 04/2015 Visiting Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard

10/2014 – 11/2014 Guest Professor for Migration and Integration Research at the University of Vienna

09/2008 – 07/2009 Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, D.C.

04/ 2007 - 02/2008 Postdoctoral Fellow at the DFG Graduate School “Negotiating Processes of the Civil Society”, Münster

05/ 2006 - 12/2006 WZB Berlin Social Research Center, Junior Researcher, AKI Program on “Intercultural Conflicts and Societal Integration”

11/ 2005 - 05/2006  Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), Osnabrück, Junior Researcher, European Network of Excellence “IMISCOE”

2007 co-tutelle Ph.D. in sociology (Center for the Sociology of Organisations, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris) and political science (University of Münster)

2002 – 2005 Member of the DFG Graduate School "Migration in Modern Europe", IMIS, University of Osnabrück

2001  Master (D.E.A.) in Sociology of Organizations, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris

2000 Maîtrise in Anthropology, Université Paris X – Nanterre


Selected Publications

Michalowski, Ines/Behrendt, Max (2020): "The Accommodation of Muslim Body Practices in German Public Swimming Pools". In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 43, No. 11, Special Issue "Diversity in Local Political Practice", S. 2080-2098. (vorab online publiziert 19.06.2020)
Michalowski, Ines/Behrendt, Max (2019): Organisationaler Wandel für muslimische Badegäste in deutschen Schwimmbädern. Schnelle Anpassungen und Konflikte. WZB Discussion Paper SP VI 2019-101. Berlin: WZB.
Cadge, Wendy/Griera, Mar/Lucken, Kristen/Michalowski, Ines (2017): "Religion in Public Institutions. Comparative Perspectives from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe". In: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 56, No. 2, S. 226-233. (vorab online publiziert 10.08.2017)
Cadge, Wendy/Griera, Mar/Lucken, Kristen/Michalowski, Ines (2017): "Afterword. On the Study of Religion in Public Institutions". In: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 56, No. 2, S. 255-258. (vorab online publiziert 14.08.2017)
Helbling, Marc/Michalowski, Ines (2017): "A New Agenda for Immigration and Citizenship Policy Research". In: Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 50, No. 1, Special Issue "Immigration and Citizenship Policy Research", edited by MarcHelbling/InesMichalowski, S. 3-13. (vorab online publiziert 07.09.2016)
Koopmans, Ruud/Michalowski, Ines (2017): "Why Do States Extend Rights to Immigrants? Institutional Settings and Historical Legacies Across 44 Countries Worldwide". In: Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 50, No. 1, S. 41-74. (vorab online publiziert 24.06.2016)
Höhne, Jutta/Michalowski, Ines (2016): "Long-term Effects of Language Course Timing on Language Acquisition and Social Contacts. Turkish and Moroccan Immigrants in Western Europe". In: International Migration Review, Vol. 50, No. 1, S. 133-162. (vorab online publiziert 10. April 2015)
Carol, Sarah/Helbling, Marc/Michalowski, Ines (2015): "A Struggle over Religious Rights? How Muslim Immigrants and Christian Natives View the Accommodation of Religion in Six European Countries". In: Social Forces, Vol. 94, No. 2, S. 647-671. (vorab online publiziert 15. März 2015)
Michalowski, Ines (2015): "What Is at Stake When Muslims Join the Ranks? An International Comparison". In: Religion, State & Society, Vol. 43, No. 1, Special Section "Muslim Military Chaplaincy", S. 41-58.
Michalowski, Ines/Burchardt, Marian (2015): "Islam in Europe. Cross-national Differences in Accommodation and Explanations". In: Marian Burchardt/Ines Michalowski (Eds.): After Integration. Islam, Conviviality and Contentious Politics in Europe. Reihe Islam und Politik. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S. 105-125.
Michalowski, Ines (2014): "Legitimizing Host Country Institutions. A Comparative Analysis of the Content of Civic Education Courses in France and Germany". In: John R. Bowen/Christophe Bertossi/Jan Willem Duyvendak/Mona Lena Krook (Eds.): European States and Their Muslim Citizens. The Impact of Institutions on Perceptions and Boundaries. Cambridge Studies in Law and Society Series. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, S. 164-188.
Eulriet, Irène/Michalowski, Ines (2012): "Préface. Armées, minorités ethniques et régimes de citoyenneté". In: Anaïs Reding/Matt Bassford/Claire Celia/Kristin Weed/Emmanuel Hassan (Eds.): La gestion de la diversité ethnique dans les armées. Le cas du Royaume-Uni, des États-Unis, de la Belgique et des Pays-Bas. Cahiers de l'IRSEM, No. 17. Paris: Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l'Ecole Militaire (IRSEM), S. 9-13.
Finotelli, Claudia/Michalowski, Ines (2012): "Introduction. The Heuristic Potential of Models of Citizenship and Immigrant Integration Reviewed". In: Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Vol. 10, No. 3, S. 231–240.
Michalowski, Ines/Oers, Ricky van (2012): "How Can We Categorise and Interpret Civic Integration Policies?". In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 38, No. 1, S. 163-171. (Vorab online publiziert 19. Dezember 2011)
Michalowski, Ines (2011): "Required to Assimilate? The Content of Citizenship Tests in Five Countries". In: Citizenship Studies, Vol. 15, No. 6-7, S. 749-768.
Svensson, Jörgen/Michalowski, Ines/Seveker, Marina (2008): "Ervaringen met de indicatormethodiek in een vergelijkende evaluatie van lokaal inburgeringsbeleid". In: Migrantenstudies, Vol. 24, No. 4, S. 250-272.
Michalowski, Ines (2007): Integration als Staatsprogramm. Deutschland, Frankreich und die Niederlande im Vergleich. Studien zu Migration und Minderheiten, Bd. 17. Münster: LIT Verlag, 238 S.
Bodyrules - Migration-Related Changes of Organizational Rules
Head: Dr. Ines Michalowski
Staff: Max Behrendt
Duration: 2018-2020
Funding: BMBF
The Organization of Religious Diversity in the Military
Duration: 2010-2018
Funding: WZB and Transatlantic Academy (October 2008 - July 2009)
Duration: 2007-2017
Funding: WZB
Head: Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans, Prof. Jean Tillie (Universiteit van Amsterdam); Prof. Dirk Jacobs (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Prof. Paul Statham (University of Bristol), Prof. Marco Giugni (Université de Genève), Prof. Manlio Cinalli (Sciences Po Paris),
Staff: Prof. Dr. Sarah Carol, Dr. Ines Michalowski, Evelyn Ersanilli, PhD (University of Oxford); Prof. Jonathan Laurence (Boston College)
Duration: 2009-2017
Funding: European Commission, 7th Framework Programme
Head: Prof. Dr. Ruud Koopmans, Evelyn Ersanilli, PhD (University of Oxford)
Duration: 2008-2017
Funding: WZB
Duration: 2009-2012
Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Nachwuchswissenschaftlernetzwerk)
Ines Michalowski
David Ausserhofer


ines.michalowski [at]
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin


German Sociological Association DGS adhoc group „Die Bearbeitung von Differenz in Organisationen", September 26, 2018, Göttingen. Organized by: Helen Baykara-Krumme & Ines Michalowski

Workshop "State responses to religion between new religious diversity and secularism: Public institutions in a cross-national and cross-institutional comparison", MPI-MMG, Göttingen, August 31-September 1. Organized by: Julia Martínez-Ariño & Ines Michalowski

Conference "National Identity in Motion", Berlin August 31-September 1, 2015, Conference Organized by: Ruth Ditlmann & Ines Michalowski

Workshop “How public institutions deal with ethnic and religious diversity”, Berlin, WZB, May 24-26, 2012, Organized by: Ines Michalowski

Bericht (pdf, 46 kB)

Springer VS
Springer VS

Marian Burchardt, Ines Michalowski (Eds.)

After Integration
Islam, Conviviality and Contentious Politics in Europe

Springer VS:
Series on "Islam and Politics"