Institute of Sociology

Prof. Dr. Boris Nieswand

Professor of Sociology with focus on Migration and Diversity

Boris Nieswand studied sociology in Bielefeld and earned his doctorate in ethnology in Halle/Saale. He worked, among others, at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle/Saale) and at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen).  Boris Nieswand's research focuses on migration and diversity, urban conviviality, and morality. His research perspectives can be characterized as reflexive and are normally based on an ethnographic approach.

Department of Sociology
Wilhelmstraße 36 (Hegelbau)
1st floor, room 113
72074 Tübingen
 +49 (0)7071 29-72948

Secretary: Karolin Mattes

Team Members

Office hours

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Scientific Background

since September 2017
Professor for Sociology at the University of Tübingen

November 2015
Successful interim evaluation as junior professor at the University of Tübingen

April 2012 – Sept. 2017
Junior professor at the University of Tübingen

May 2008 – March 2012
Staff member at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen

First as a scholarship holder, then as a research assistant

April 2008
Doctorate (summa cum laude)

at the Martin-Luther-University in Halle-Wittenberg

PhD student at the Max Planck Institute Halle for Ethnological Research

Studied Sociology

at the University of Bielefeld (Focus: Social Anthropology)


Focus areas

  •     migration
  •     transnationalism
  •     diversity
  •     moral sociology
  •     ethnography
  •     refugee research
  •     border regimes

Research Projects


SS 21



Erstausgabe 2011, reprint 2013

2. Auflage Oktober 2015

September 2014