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Friederike Römer

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2019-2020


Friederike Römer

Friederike Römer is a postdoctoral researcher at the CRC Global Dynamics of Social Policy at University of Bremen. Her primary interests include comparative welfare state research, inequality, and the welfare rights of immigrants. Römer received her Ph.D. in sociology at Humboldt University Berlin in 2017 and worked as a doctoral researcher at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB).

At CES, Römer will continue her research at the intersection of welfare states and migration, focusing on conflicts and inequalities in this context. She will expand her geographical focus and explore the evolution of immigrant welfare rights in the European Union (EU), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Southern Common Market (Mercosur).

Römer’s work has appeared in a number of peer reviewed journals including Policy Studies Journal, Journal of European Social Policy, and International Migration Review. For her dissertation, Römer collected original data on the welfare rights of immigrants in 18 OECD countries for the years 1980 to 2010, making this the first quantitative comparative data set on welfare chauvinism. The dissertation showed that welfare states that are generous towards their citizens are also generous towards immigrants, lending support to the hypothesis that norms of equality matter.

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


  • Postdoctoral Researcher, CRC Global Dynamics of Social Policy, University of Bremen
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, CES, Harvard University



Research Project

Immigration and the Welfare State