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Jonathan Mijs

Past Graduate Student Affiliate


Jonathan Mijs

Jonathan Mijs is a PhD student in sociology at Harvard University. He hails from Amsterdam, where he earned his BSc in sociology from the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He was a visiting student at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, and at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. After graduating, he spent part of the fall semester in 2007, and the whole of spring 2008, as a visiting student in the sociology department at the University of California, Berkeley, where he took courses in quantitative methods (with Leo Goodman), social stratification (Sam Lucas), and education (Jerome Karabel). He returned to the Universiteit van Amsterdam for two years to earn his MSc in social science research, before coming to Harvard. For his master's thesis (supervised by Herman van de Werfhorst and Daniela Grunow) he studied the burden of “acting ‘White’” thesis in Dutch secondary schools, combining qualitative fieldwork with large-N quantitative analysis.

Mijs' current research engages with the concept of “Meritocracy” and its role in perpetuating inequality of opportunity in education. He is interested in particular in the institutional and organizational characteristics of schools that profoundly shape their students’ educational experience. His interest more broadly lies with topics of morality and legitimacy, the intersections of identity, race, and class, as well as with questions of immigration, self-worth, and national identity.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • PhD Student in Sociology , Harvard University
  • Graduate Student Affiliate , CES, Harvard University