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Catharina Peeck-Ho

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2023-2024

Residency Dates: September 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024


Catharina Peeck-Ho

Catharina Peeck-Ho is a lecturer at the Institute for Social Sciences at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. She completed her Ph.D. in sociology at Goethe University Frankfurt in 2017. Her research focuses on citizenship, especially struggles for citizenship rights and belonging, transnational migration, race, and gender.

Peek-Ho's research project at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) examines strategies for dealing with irregular migration in urban spaces. By comparing U.S. sanctuary cities and European solidarity cities, the project examines the conditions under which migrants get access to rights at the local level and the consequences of the associated policies for current citizenship regimes. The goal of the project is to identify criteria that are crucial for the success or failure of policies for the local incorporation of immigrants. From a theoretical point of view, the project aims to gain new insights into the transformation of citizenship against the backdrop of social change and with special reference to relations between state and civil society as well as the relationship between cities, nation states and other scales of the citizenship regime.

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


  • Lecturer, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2023-2024, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Citizenship regimes and irregular migration. A comparison of U.S. sanctuary cities and solidarity cities in Europe.



Areas of Expertise

Citizenship Studies
Migration Studies
Sociological Theory
Qualitative Methods
Gender Studies

Select Publications

Peeck-Ho, Catharina with L. Supik, M. Kleinschmidt, R. Natarajan, T. Neuburger, C. Schröder und D. Sielert (eds.): Gender, Race and Inclusive Citizenship. Dialoge zwischen Aktivismus und Wissenschaft. Wiesbaden, Springer VS, 2022 ,

Peeck Ho, Catharina (2021): The Negotiation of Belonging in San Francisco’s Public Space: Discoursive Constructions of Sanctuary Cities. NEW DIVERSITIES, Journal of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity: Special Issue: Researching Ethnoheterogenesis in Contexts of Diversities and Social Change, vol. 23, no. 1, 2021, ISSN-print 2199-8108, ISSN-internet 2199-8116,

Peeck-Ho, Catharina. “Die Versicherheitlichung von Citizenship: Muslimische Frauen als Adressatinnen von Antiterrormaßnahmen in der Britischen „Prevent“-Strategie.” Freiburger Zeitschrift für Geschlechterstudien, vol. 26, no. 1–2020, 2020, pp. 19–33,

Peeck-Ho, Catharina. Sicherheit, Geschlecht und Minderheitenpolitik. Kritische Perspektiven auf die britische Antiterrorstrategie, Bielefeld, Transcript, 2017, ISBN print 978-3-8376-3977-3, ISBN e-book: 978-3-8394-3977-7.