Nicolas Legewie

Office Address: 

216 McNeil

Visiting Scholar

Ph.D., Humboldt-University of Berlin, 2015
M.A., Humboldt-University of Berlin, 2011
B.A., Humboldt-University of Berlin, Social Sciences, 2007

Photo credit: Florian Schuh

Nicolas M. Legewie received his MA and PhD in social science from Humboldt University of Berlin. Currently, he is a postdoctoral visiting fellow at the Sociology Department, University of Pennsylvania. Nicolas M. Legewie's research focuses on the role of social environments, such as personal and neighborhood networks, on educational and occupational attainment, and on upward mobility. He also writes and teaches about migration, the life course, and research methodology such as video data analysis, mixed methods, digital social science research, and qualitative comparative analysis (QCA). At Penn, he is working on three specific paper projects. First, he uses qualitative interview data to discuss the role of family ties in trajectories of upward mobility in education. Second, he uses data from a randomized controlled field experiment to analyze selection into and causal effects of participation in a mentoring program on refugee integration. And third, he uses quantitative text analysis of large-scale geo-coded Twitter data, in combination with county-level census data, to study the impact of heterogeneity in cultural models of education and occupation in counties on individuals’ college enrollment and completion.