Dr. Nicolas Legewie


Partner der Professur für Quantitative Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung (Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences)

Office hours

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Visiting address

Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

Mailing address

Universität Erfurt
Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Dr. Nicolas Legewie

Curriculum Vitae

Short vita

  • 2022 - present: Affiliated Post Doc, methods of empirical research, Faculty of Governance (Social Science, Law, and Economics), Erfurt University.
  • 06/2020: Participant in the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS) at Duke University, USA.
  • 2020 - 2021: Visiting fellow with Prof. Annette Lareau at the Department of Sociology of University of Pennsylvania.
  • 01/2017 - 12/2019: Deputy principal investigator at German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin): "Mentoring of Refugees (MORE)" Funding: Leibniz-Competition.
  • 10/2016: Visiting fellow at Laboratoire d'Economie et de Sociologie du Travail, Aix-Marseille Université, France.
  • 10/2014 - 12/2016: Postdoctoral researcher at German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin): "Das Erwachsenwerden türkischer Migrantennachkommen: A mixed-methods study based on the SOEP" Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG).
  • 07/2014 - 09/2014: Visiting fellow at Columbia University, New York (USA).
  • 10/2011 - 06/2015: PhD (magna cum laude), International Doctoral Program, Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany.
  • 09/2010 - 09/2011: Doctoral researcher at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (USA).


Main research fields

  • Social inequalities
  • Social networks
  • Migration
  • Video Data Analysis(VideoDataAnalysis.com)
  • Research methodology and ethics

Current research projects

  • "Social Support and Upward Mobility in Education."
  • "Cultural heterogeneity and social stratification - An Analysis of Geo-coded Twitter Data" (with H. Andrew Schwartz, Stony Brook University, and Salvatore Giorgi, University of Pennsylvania).
  • "Using21st century video data for social science research: Advancing Video Data Analysis" (with Anne Nassauer, University Erfurt).
  • "Scaling Video-based Interaction Research through Computer Vision" (with Doron-Shiffer Sebba, University of Pennsylvania, and Yoav Goldstein, The Hebrew University).

In the media

  • 2019: "Men now get down more often than before, while women get up more often" Interview on social mobility with the German Council Magazin 4 (Mobilität).
  • 2018: "Nachgeforscht...über soziale Mobilität" Commentary for the DIW-Videoblog, 16.05.2018 (with Sandra Bohmann, DIW Berlin). (https://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.584225.de)
  • 2018: "Digital education belongs in children's and youth work" Interview with the Stiftung Deutsche Telekom, 01.02.2018 (with Stefanie Pfau, NW 80). (https://www.telekom-stiftung.de/themen/digitale-bildung-gehoert-die-kinder-und-jugendarbeit)
  • 2016: "From rags to riches - Is the American dream bursting?" Invited discussion, Wortwechsel, 28.10.2016, Deutschlandfunk Kultur. (https://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/vom-tellerwaescher-zum-millionaer-platzt-der-amerikanische.1083.de.html?dram:article_id=369762)
  • 2014: "Mentoring project in Neukölln: School meets School." Article for Fachbrief für interkulturelle Bildung und Erziehung (No. 18), Landesinstitut für Schule und Medien Berlin-Brandenburg.



  • Anne Nassauer & Nicolas M. Legewie (2022), "Video Data Analysis: How to Use21st Century Video in the Social Sciences." Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Philipp Jaschke, Jannes Jacobsen, Magdalena Krieger, Martin Kroh, Nicolas M. Legewie, Lea-Maria Löbel, & Diana Schacht (2022): "Grass Roots Efforts For Integrating Refugees - Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (online first).
  • Anne Nassauer & Nicolas M. Legewie (Forthcoming): "21st Century Video Data in Social Science Research." Guest editor, special issue for Sociological Methods & Research. Publication scheduled for 2023.
  • Nicolas M. Legewie (2021): "Upward Mobility in Education - The Role of Personal Networks Across the Life Course." Social Inclusion 9(4).
  • Anne Nassauer & Nicolas M. Legewie (2021): "Video Data Analysis: A methodological framework for a novel research trend." Sociological Methods & Research 50(1) (online first: May 2018).
  • Nicolas M. Legewie & Ingrid Tucci (2021): "Turning points in labor market trajectories - A panel-based mixed methods analysis." Longitudinal and Life Course Research 12(1).
  • Anne Nassauer & Nicolas M. Legewie (2020): "Methodological developments in violence research: video data analysis, mixed methods, and Big Data." Austrian Journal of Sociology 45(1).
  • Jannes Jacobsen, Magdalena Krieger, Nicolas M. Legewie, Lea-Maria Löbel, Martin Kroh, & Philipp Jaschke (2020): "Bringing Together Community Organizations and Social Science Research - The 'Mentoring of Refugees' Project.". Canadian Diversity 17(2).
  • Anne Nassauer & Nicolas M. Legewie (2019): "Analyzing 21st Century Video Data on Situational Dynamics - Key Issues and Challenges." Social Sciences 8(3).
  • Nicolas M. Legewie & Anne Nassauer (2018): "YouTube, Google, Facebook: 21st Century Online Video Research and Research Ethics." Forum: Qualitative Social Research 19(3).
  • Nicolas M. Legewie (2017): "Anchored Calibration. From Qualitative Data to Fuzzy Sets." Forum: Qualitative Social Research 18 (3).
  • Nicolas M. Legewie (2013): "An Introduction to Applied Data Analysis with Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)." Forum: Qualitative Social Research 14 (3).

Further publications

  • Nicolas M. Legewie (Forthcoming): "Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)". In: Baur, Nina and Blasius, Jörg (Eds.), Handbuch Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung. 3rd Edition. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Nicolas M. Legewie & Anette Eva Fasang (2021): "Digital Family Research." In Norbert F. Schneider and Michaela Kreyenfeld (Eds.): Handbook of the Sociology of the Family. Edward Elgar Publishing. Pp. 89-106.
  • Benjamin Jursch, Magdalena Krieger, Nicolas M. Legewie, & Lea-Maria Löbel (2021): "Sponsorships between Refugees and Locals - Determinants of Satisfaction in the Tandem Relationship." In Frank Gesemann and Iris Nentwig-Gesemann (Eds.): Engagement for integration and participation. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Magdalena Krieger, Philipp Jaschke, Martin Kroh, Nicolas M. Legewie, & Lea-Maria Löbel (2020): "Mentoring Programs Support the Integration of Refugees." DIW Weekly Report 49.
  • Nicolas M. Legewie & Anne Nassauer (2020): "Research Ethics of Live Streaming Data." In Shing-Ling S. Chen, Zhoujun J. Chenz, and Nicole Allaire (Eds.): Legal and Ethical Issues of Live Streaming. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Anne Nassauer & Nicolas M. Legewie (2020): "How COVID-19 could help social science researchers." Oxford University Press's Academic Insights for the Thinking World. blog.oup.com/2020/07/how-covid-19-could-help-social-science-researchers/
  • Jannes Jacobsen, Magdalena Krieger, & Nicolas M. Legewie (2020): "Labor market participation of refugees in Germany: legal context and individual-level factors." In Korntheuer, Annette, Débora B. Maehler, Paul Pritchard, and Lori Wilkinson (Eds.): Refugees in Canada and Germany: Responses in policy and practice. GESIS Series 25.
  • Nicolas M. Legewie, Anne Nassauer, & Malika Stuerznickel (2019): "Opportunities for Analyzing Visual Data in the 21st Century. Report on the 2019 Blankensee Colloquium on Capturing and Analyzing Social Change." SSRN working paper. ssrn.com/abstract=3489981
  • Nicolas M. Legewie, Philipp Jaschke, Magdalena Krieger, Martin Kroh, Lea-Maria Löbel, & Diana Schacht (2019): "Integrating Randomized Controlled Field Trials into (existing) Panel Surveys - The "Mentoring of Refugees" Study." IMISCOE Briefs on Methodological, Ethical and Epistemological Issues, No. 7. crossmigration.eu/storage/app/uploads/public/5d9/b59/605/5d9b59605d0ad596095432.pdf
  • Nicolas M. Legewie (2019): "Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)." In: Baur, Nina and Blasius, Jörg (Eds.), Handbuch Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung. 2nd Edition. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Nicolas M. Legewie & Sandra Bohmann (2018): "Upward and downward social mobility probabilities have converged for men and women." DIW Weekly Report 8(20), pp. 169-178.
  • Jannes Jacobsen, Martin Kroh, Nicolas M. Legewie, & Zerrin Salikutluk (2018): "Labor market potential, skill levels, and occupational prospects of refugees." In Immigration and Integration of Refugees in Municipalities. The long road from arriving to staying. Difu: Impulse.
  • Nicolas M. Legewie & Ingrid Tucci (2016): "Panel-based mixed methods studies." SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research, 872.
  • Nicolas M. Legewie (2016): "Culture, Narratives, and Upward Educational Mobility." In Clycq, Noel, Jacques Haers, Marie McAndrew, Sara Mels, and Christiane Timmermann (Eds.), Youth in education: the necessity of valuing ethno-cultural diversity. London: Routledge.
  • Nicolas M. Legewie (2015), "Puncturing Inequalities: A configurational analysis of educational upward mobility." Dissertation: Humboldt University of Berlin.

Referee activities

Advances in Life Course Research, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Qualitative Research, European Political Science Review, Innovative Methodology, Australian Educational Review, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, International Sociology, Longitudinal and Life Course Research, Routledge Series on Research Methodology, Journal of Peace Research, Methods in Psychology; Visual Studies; Journal of Mixed Methods Research; Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology; Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie; Social Inclusion; Work and Occupations; European Societies