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Elias Steinhilper

Visiting Scholar 2023-2024 (Fall 2023)


Elias Steinhilper

Elias Steinhilper is a senior researcher and head of the Consensus and Conflict Department at the German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM), as well as an affiliate of the Center on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) at Scuola Normale Superiore. His research focuses on contentious politics related to migration and race in Germany and Europe. Prior to joining DeZIM, Steinhilper completed a Ph.D. in political science and sociology from Scuola Normale Superiore and held visiting scholar positions at Sciences Po and the University of California, Berkeley.

At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Steinhilper will pursue his current research agenda on the dynamics of antiracist mobilizations in Germany. More specifically, he will draw from panel survey data, qualitative interviews, and media analyses to examine protest participation and the impacts of antiracist social movements on public discourses and institutions.

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


  • Senior Researcher, German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM)
  • Visiting Scholar 2023-2024, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Dynamics of antiracist mobilization in Germany


Political Science

Areas of Expertise

Political Sociology
Social Movements
Civil Society

Select Publications

Zajak, Sabrina, et al. “Agenda setting and Selective Resonance – Black Lives Matter and Media Debates on Racism in Germany.” European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 2023, pp. 1–25,

Steinhilper, Elias. Migrant Protest, 2021,

Della Porta, Donatella, and Elias Steinhilper. “Introduction: Solidarities in motion: Hybridity and change in migrant support practices.” Critical Sociology, vol. 47, no. 2, 2020, pp. 175–185,