Thomas Soehl

Assistant Professor

Canada Research Chair in International Migration 

Department of Sociology
Stephen Leacock Building, 712
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Phone: 514-398-6841
Email: thomas.soehl [at]

Departmental Profile

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).



  • International Migration
  • Comparative Race and Ethnicity
  • Political Attachments of Migrants
  • Cross-Border Connections
  • Intergenerational Processes in Migrant Families



PhD in Sociology (2014): UCLA


Recent Publications

Luthra, R., Waldinger, R., & Soehl, T. (2018). Origins and Destinations: The Making of the Second Generation. Russell Sage Foundation.

Thomas Soehl, Roger Waldinger & Renee Luthra (2018) Social politics: the importance of the family for naturalisation decisions of the 1.5 generationJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1534584

Luthra, R., Soehl, T., & Waldinger, R. (2018). Reconceptualizing Context: A Multilevel Model of the Context of Reception and Second‐Generation Educational Attainment. International Migration Review, 52(3), 898–928.

Soehl, T. (2017), Social Reproduction of Religiosity in the Immigrant Context: The Role of Family Transmission and Family Formation — Evidence from France. Int Migr Rev, 51: 999-1030. doi:10.1111/imre.12289

Thomas Soehl (2017) From origins to destinations: acculturation trajectories in migrants’ attitudes towards homosexualityJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43:11, 1831-1853, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1246178