Lena Arnold is a PhD student in Sociology (CDSS) at the Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Mannheim. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science at the University of Konstanz (Germany) and spend one semester abroad at the University of Amsterdam. For her Master’s degree, she moved to the Netherlands where she completed a Research Master (MSc) in Migration, Ethnic Relations, and Multiculturalism at the University of Utrecht.
In her master thesis, she examined whether immigrants’ religion or ethnic background, as prevalent group boundaries in European societies, matters more for immigrants’ social integration in the Netherlands. To this end, she analysed data from the Survey Integration of Minorities in the Netherlands (SIM) including respondents from four large immigrant groups.
Lena worked as a research assistant for Dr Valentina Di Stasio (University of Utrecht) on the British Academy project “Prestige for all? A field experiment on the effect of educational credentials on the employment opportunities of different ethnic groups.” (University of Oxford). She further conducted a research internship at the Department of Social Psychology of the University of Cyprus (Nicosia) during which she was involved in a project focused on inter-ethnic relations between Greek and Turkish Cypriot youths.