Since August 2022, I am full Professor in Migration Policy Analysis at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (SFM) at the University of Neuchâtel, where I also serve as Deputy Director (since September 2019). Before joining the SFM at the University of Neuchâtel, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley (2015-2016), and I worked as a researcher and lecturer at Bern University (2012-2015). I hold a Master’s degree in Political Science, General Linguistics and Islamic Studies from the University of Zurich (2007), and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Bern (2012). During my PhD, I was a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence (2012). Other destinations related to my research and training include the Universidad Católica in Quito (2003-2004), the University of Ljubljana (2009) and the University of Oslo (2010).
My research stands at the intersection of political sociology and (comparative) policy analysis, with a particular focus on migration and mobility. Our currently ongoing research project in the national research programme NCCR on the move investigates the erosion of democratic norms in the context of migration induced diversity in the Global North and South. A second international research project co-funded by the Swiss NSF and the German DFG analyses bureaucratic discrimination against mobile EU citizens, and how it can be overcome, in different national administrative contexts in Europe. My dissertation, which examined the drivers and outcomes of subnational integration policies in Switzerland, was awarded the price „best PhD thesis 2014“ by the Swiss Political Science Association.
If you are interested in my research and teaching, please have a closer look at the information provided on this website, or contact me (anita.manatschal[at]unine.ch) directly.