Christel Kesler

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Professor Christel Kesler joined the Barnard faculty in 2010. Prior to this, she held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Oxford.

Kesler's research focuses on cross-national comparisons of social inequality, and particularly on the experiences of international migrants in European societies. She has recently completed a project that compares immigrant socioeconomic incorporation and exclusion in Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. In addition to ongoing research on immigrant incorporation in various countries, other recent projects examine immigration-driven diversity's effects on civic and political engagement, immigration and the dynamics of occupational segregation, ethnic entrepreneurship, and ethnic identification among immigrants' descendants.

Professor Kesler teaches courses on methods for social research, social inequality, and international migration.


SOCI W3010: Methods for Social Research

SOCI W2400: Comparative Perspectives on Inequality

SOCI BC3914: Ethnic Diversity and the Welfare State

SOCI G4123: Immigration, Inequality, and the Welfare State

SOCI BC3087-88: Individual Projects for Seniors


“From Multi-Racial Subjects to Multi-Cultural Citizens: Social Stratification and Ethnic and Racial Classification among Children of Immigrants in the United Kingdom,” with Luisa Farah Schwartzman. International Migration Review, Vol. 49, No. 3 (2015): 790-836.

“Welfare States and Immigrant Poverty: Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom in Comparative Perspective.” Acta Sociologica, Vol. 58, No. 1 (2015): 39-61.

“Immigration and Redistributive Social Policy,” with Cybelle Fox and Irene Bloemraad. Pp. 381-420 in Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic Inequality, edited by David Card and Steven Raphael, Russell Sage Foundation, 2013.

“Immigrant/Native Labor Market Inequalities: A Portrait of Patterns and Trends in France and the United Kingdom, 1990-2007,” with Mirna Safi. Paris, OSC, Sciences Po/CNRS. Notes & Documents, Working Paper 2012-01, 2012.

"The Curse of Inopportune Transitions: The Labour Market Behaviour of Immigrants and Natives in the UK," with Neli Demireva. International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Vol. 52, No. 6 (2011): 306-326.

“Social Cohesion and Host Country Nationality among Immigrants in Western Europe,” with Neli Demireva. Pp. 209-236 in Naturalisation: A Passport for the Better Integration of Immigrants? OECD Publishing, doi: 10.1787/9789264099104-en, 2011.

"Immigrant Wage Disadvantage in Sweden and the United Kingdom: Wage Structure and Barriers to Opportunity." International Migration Review, Vol. 44, No. 3 (2010): 560-592.

"Does Immigration Erode Social Capital? The Conditional Effects of Immigration-Generated Diversity on Trust, Membership, and Participation across 19 countries, 1981-2000," with Irene Bloemraad. Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 43, No. 2 (2010): 319-347.

"Entrepreneurship and Immigrant Wages in U.S. Labor Markets: A Multi-level Approach," with Michael Hout. Social Science Research, Vol. 39, No. 2 (2010): 187-201.

"Social Policy and Immigrant Joblessness in Britain, Germany and Sweden." Social Forces, Vol. 85, No. 2 (2006): 743-770.

"Educational Stratification and Social Change: Evidence from German Unification." European Sociological Review, Vol. 19, No. 5 (2003): 467-482.



Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (Sociology)

M.A., University of California, Berkeley (Sociology)

B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison (German and Sociology)