Christoph Spörlein

Research fellow and principal investigator "Moving beyond mean differences" and "Aiming High"

at the Chair of Sociology and the Analysis of Social Structures
University of Bamberg 


Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Feldkirchenstraße 21/ Room: 01.52a
D-96052 Bamberg

Tel: +49-(0)951-863-3649
FAX: +49-(0)951-863-3865

email: christoph.spoerlein(at)

Personal website:

Office hours: Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00pm or per appointment 


Spörlein, C. and C. Kristen. 2018. Educational selectivity and language acquisition among recently arrived immigrants. International Migration Review.

Spörlein, C. and E. Schlueter. 2019. Verschiedene Instrumente, übereinstimmende Ergebnisse? Die Konsequenzen unterschiedlicher Fragevarianten zur Schätzung interethnischer Kontakte. In Siegers, P. et al.: Einstellungen und Verhalten der deutschen BevölkerungBlickpunkt Gesellschaft, S.269-287. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Silberzahn, R. et al. 2018. Many Analysts, one Dataset: Making transparent how variations in analytical choices affect results. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science 1:337-356.

Spörlein, C. 2018. Educational selectivity of immigrants in Germany.

Spörlein, C. 2018. How educational systems structure ethnic inequality among young labour market participants in Europe: occupational placement and variation in the occupational status distribution. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. DOI: 10.1016/j.rssm.2018.04.006.

Spörlein, C. and E. Schlüter. 2018. How education systems shape cross-national ethnic inequality in math competence scores: Moving beyond mean differences. PLOS ONE 13: e0193738. DOI:/10.1371/journal.pone.0193738

Spörlein, C. and E. Schlüter. 2018. How to best examine segregation: A statistical and conceptual multilevel approach. Special Issue "Comparative Survey analyses", Methods, data, analyses. DOI: 10.12758/mda.2017.13

Spörlein, C., T. Mouw and R. Martinez-Schuldt. 2017. The Interplay of Spatial Diffusion and Marital Assimilation of Mexicans in the United States, 1980-2011. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1185940

Spörlein, C. 2015. The Destination Choices of Recent Pan-American Migrants: Opportunities, Costs and Migrant Selectivity. International Migration Review 49:523-552, DOI: 10.1111/imre.12104.

Spörlein, C., E. Schlüter and F. van Tubergen. 2014. Ethnic Intermarriage in Longitudinal Perspective: Testing Structural and Cultural Explanations in the United States, 1880-2011. Social Science Research 43:1-15, DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2013.07.016.

Spörlein, C. and F. van Tubergen. 2014. The Occupational Status of Immigrants in Western and non-Western Societies. International Journal of Comparative Sociology 55:119-143, DOI: 10.1177/0020715214534702. 

Research interests

Social inequality, migration, quantitative methods 


2016: Visiting professor, University of Konstanz.

2011-2014: PhD, University of Köln.

2009-2011: Master "Sociology and Social Research", Utrecht University.

2006-2009: Bachelor "Sozialökonomik", University Erlangen-Nürnberg.