AGYA Member

Sarah Carol


Areas of Expertise:
Integration of Ethno-Religious Minorities in Western Europe and the Role of Religion; Discrimination, Health and Well-Being

About me

I am Research Fellow in the department ‘Migration, Integration, Transnationalization’ at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre and Assistant Professor in Sociology at University College Dublin. I work on how ethno-religious minorities are integrated in societies, for example, in terms of discrimination, gender, health and well-being. To AGYA, I would like to contribute my expertise in the field of migration to address current societal issues and stimulate discussions to foster academic innovation.

My motivation to join AGYA is twofold. From a research perspective, I have a great desire to broaden my horizon. In my experience, seeking inspiration from other disciplines leads to innovation. Through AGYA, I hope to extend interdisciplinary cooperation. From a social perspective, joining AGYA allows me to get to know scholars I would otherwise never meet. Having done extensive research on immigration from the Middle East to Europe, I would like to collaborate on comparative studies including inner-Arab migratory movement.

Current projects

  • Member of the Working Groups Common Heritage and Common Challenges and Health and Society
  • Co-PI in the project WELLMOB (Residential mobility among ethnic minorities in Germany and its consequences for well-being, funded by the German Research Foundation)
  • Co-PI in the project HLS-MIG (Health literacy among people with migration background in Germany, funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung)

Academic Career

2019 - Research Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Centre and
Assistant Professor in Sociology at University College Dublin
2015 - 2019Professor in Demography and Social Inequality (fixed term), University of Cologne
2014 - 2015Research Fellow, MZES Mannheim
2009 - 2014Junior and Senior Researcher, WZB Berlin Social Science Centre
2007 - 2009Consultant, Innofact AG
2000 - 2006Studies in Social Sciences, Business Administration and Psychology,
University of Duisburg-Essen

Selected Publications

  • Carol, S. and Hank, K. (2020). Natives’ and Immigrants’ Gender Preferences for Children in Germany. European Journal of Population 36(2), 235-246.
  • Carol, S.; Eich, D.; Keller, M.; Steiner, F. and Storz, K. (2019). Who can ride along? Discrimination in a German carpooling market. Population, Space and Place 25(8): e2249.
  • Carol, S., and Milewski N. (2018). Attitudes towards abortion among the Muslim minority and non-Muslim majority in cross-national perspective: Can religiosity explain the differences? Sociology of Religion 78(4): 456–491.
  • Carol, S.; Helbling, M. and Michalowski, I. (2015). A struggle over religious rights? How Muslim minorities and natives view the accommodation of religion in six European countries. Social Forces 94(2): 647-671.


WZB Berlin Social Science Centre and University College Dublin

Reichpietschufer 50 10785 Berlin


visit profile at home institute >

Sponsored by