Katja Pomianowicz, M.A.

Katja Pomianowicz

Katja Pomianowicz is a Doctoral Researcher at the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" at the University of Konstanz.


Doctoral Project: 

"Immigrant Educational Inequalities Compared: The Influence of Tracking on Different Educational Outcomes from a Life-Course Perspective."

The PhD-project investigates in how far educational trajectories of second-generation immigrant students differ from their non-immigrant classmates and how such disparities are related to specific characteristics of the education system. Previous research has shown that educational tracking, that is the instructional division of students based on their ability, is one of the most crucial institutional impacts in generating educational inequalities, such as achievement disparities in secondary education or in gaining access to more prestigious educational degrees. The project thus aims to give more insights into the role of tracking in shaping immigrant educational inequalities and intends to address some shortcomings from previous research. It does so by taking a comparative perspective and therefore by considering various forms of tracking that exist between countries (e.g. tracking between and within schools and classes). Furthermore, the relationship between tracking and school-level characteristics (e.g. the school composition or the quality of teaching) will be examined in order to gain a more comprehensive picture on processes at work. Finally, various dimensions of educational outcomes are taken into account, enabling to elaborate how (dis)advantages evolve over the life-course. The dimensions analyzed are: Achievement disparities, educational expectation differences in secondary school as well as upper secondary educational transitions. I am conducting quantitative research analysis with cross-national data form PISA and CILS4EU.

Research Interests:

  • Sociology of Education
  • Social Stratification
  • Migration and Integration
  • Comparative Research

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