Canada Research Chair in International Migration
(on leave: September 2021 - August 2022)
Stephen Leacock Building, Room 729
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7
E-mail: thomas.soehl [at] mcgill.ca
Office Hours: TBC
International Migration, Comparative Race and Ethnicity, Political Attachments of Migrants, Cross-Border Connections, Intergenerational Processes in Migrant Families
PhD in Sociology from the University of California Los Angeles 2014.
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).
Luthra, Renee, Thomas Soehl, and Roger Waldinger (2018) "Origins and Destinations. The Making of the Second Generation." New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
Articles and Chapters:
Soehl, Thomas and Sakeef M. Karim. (in print). "How legacies of geopolitical trauma shape popular nationalism today." American Sociological Review.
Armstrong, Caitrin, Ate Poorthuis, Matthew Zook, Derek Ruths, and Thomas Soehl. (2021) "Challenges when identifying migration from geo-located Twitter data." EJP Data Science. 10:1-14.
Soehl, Thomas. (2020) "Mode of Difference and Resource for Resilience: How Religion Shapes Experiences of Discrimination of the Second Generation in France" International Migration Review. 54:796-819.
Soehl, Thomas, Roger Waldinger, and Renee Luthra (2020) "Social politics: the importance of the family for naturalisation decisions of the 1.5 generation." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 46:1240-1260
Luthra, Renee, Thomas Soehl and Roger Waldinger (2019) "Origins and Destination: A Rejoinder" Ethnic and Racial Studies. 42:13, 2302-2309.
Hiers, Wesley, Thomas Soehl and Andreas Wimmer. (2017) “National trauma and the fear of foreigners: How past geopolitical threat heightens anti-immigrant sentiment today.” Social Forces. 96:361-88
Luthra, Renee, Thomas Soehl and Roger Waldinger (2017) “Reconceptualizing Context: A multi-level model of the context of reception and second generation educational attainment” International Migration Review [available in early view, open access]
Soehl, Thomas. (2017) "From origins to destinations: acculturation trajectories in migrants’ attitudes towards homosexuality." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 43:1831-53
Soehl, Thomas. (2017) "Social Reproduction of Religiosity in the Immigrant Context: The Role of Family Transmission and Family Formation—Evidence from France." International Migration Review 51:999-1030
Soehl, Thomas. (2016) "But do they speak it? The intergenerational transmission of home-country language in migrant families in France." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 1513-1535.
Luthra, Renee Reichl, and Thomas Soehl. (2015) "From Parent to Child? Transmission of Educational Attainment Within Immigrant Families: Methodological Considerations." Demography 52: 543-567.
Wimmer, Andreas and Thomas Soehl. (2014) “Blocked Acculturation: Cultural Heterodoxy among Europe’s Immigrants.” American Journal of Sociology 120:146-186.
Waldinger, Roger and Thomas Soehl. (2013) “The bounded polity: The limits to Mexican emigrant political participation.” Social Forces 91(4):1239-1266.
Soehl, Thomas. (2013) "The ambiguities of political opportunity: Political claims making of Russian-Jewish immigrants in New York City." Ethnic and Racial Studies 36 (12):1977-1996.
Soehl, Thomas and Roger Waldinger. (2012) “Inheriting the homeland? Intergenerational transmission of cross border ties in migrant families.” American Journal of Sociology 118 (3):778-813.
* Winner of the 2013 Reuben Hill Award for Outstanding Paper - National Council on Family Relations
Soehl, Thomas, Rosita Fibbi and Constanza Larrucea. (2012). “Immigrants' daughters and the labor market.” in The Changing Face of World Cities: The second generation in Europe and the United States, edited by John Mollenkopf and Maurice Crul. New York, Russell Sage Foundation.
Waldinger, Roger, Thomas Soehl and Nelson Lim. (2012) “Emigrants and the body politic left behind: Results from the Latino National Survey.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 38(5):711-736.
Waldinger, Roger and Thomas Soehl. (2012) “The political sociology of international migration: Borders, boundaries, rights and politics.” The International Handbook of Migration Studies edited by Steve Gold and Stephanie Nawyn. New York, Routledge.
Soehl, Thomas and Jenjira Yahirun. (2011) “Timing of union formation and partner choice in immigrant societies: The United States and Germany.” Advances in Life Course Research 16(4):205-216.
Soehl, Thomas and Roger Waldinger. (2010) “Making the connection: Latino immigrants and their cross-border ties.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 33(9):1489-1510.
"Immigrants will be vital to the future of American Democracy." The Nation, November 20, 2018.
SOCI 212 International Migration
SOCI 333 Social Stratification
SOCI 400 Comparative Migration and Citizenship
SOCI 504 Quantitative Methods 1
SOCI 520 Migration and Immigrant Groups