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Dirk Witteveen

Visiting Scholar 2022-2023

Residency Dates: Spring 2023 | March 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023


Dirk Witteveen

Dirk Witteveen is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Nuffield College. He received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 2018. Witteveen’s research examines social stratification and inequalities in higher education and labor markets of the United States and Europe. It focuses on factors such as class background, race, ethnicity, and gender.

During his time at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Witteveen will conduct research on how “social closure” of workplaces and occupations matter to those entering various European labor markets. In particular, he will investigate the extent to which class background affects a newcomer's success in the job market.

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


  • Departmental Lecturer, University of Oxford
  • Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Mechanisms of class background inequality in early occupational careers



Areas of Expertise

Social Mobility
Economic Stratification
Higher Education
Class Inequality
Race and Ethnicity

Select Publications

Witteveen, Dirk, and Paul Attewell. “Black-White Incentive Inequality for College Persistence.” Rationality and Society 34, no. 2 (2022): 155–84.

Witteveen, Dirk. “The Effects of Undergraduate Financing on Advanced Degree Attainment.” Social Forces May 31, 2022.

Witteveen, Dirk. “Encouraged or Discouraged? the Effect of Adverse Macroeconomic Conditions on School Leaving and Reentry.” Sociology of Education 94, no. 2 (2020): 103–23.