Canada Research Chair in International Migration
Department of Sociology
Stephen Leacock Building, room 712
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7
E-mail: thomas.soehl [at] mcgill.ca
Office: Stephen Leacock Building, room 712
Two main themes guide my research: one is the importance of family ties for migrants and the inter-generational transmission of culture, socio-economic characteristics and political attachments in migrant families. A second theme is the political transition that international migration involves, and the multiple and shifting socio-political attachments of migrants. In addition to the literature on immigrant socioeconomic and political incorporation, and migrant transnationalism, my work contributes to research on political socialization, the sociology of the family, the comparative study of ethnicity and race, and the political reproduction of nation-states. I heavily rely on quantitative methods such as multilevel modeling, event-history analysis, item-response theory, structural equation models and Bayesian approaches to statistical inference.
Before embarking on an academic career I worked for three years for the New York City Council as a policy analyst and earned degrees from the University of Kassel (Urban Planning), the Graduate Center at CUNY (MA Political Science) and the Harvard Kennedy School (Public Administration).