Professor Rita Nikolai

Professor for Comparative Education

About me

In my research, I analyze institutional changes in school politics, (new) forms of governance in education politics, educational inequalities and the links between welfare and education politics from an international comparative perspective.

Two questions guide my research:

  1. What mechanisms explain the persistence and change of institutional arrangements in education systems?
  2. What effects have institutional arrangements in education systems and their changes on educational inequalities?

My research locations

sind 07/2020
Professor for Comparative Education at the University Augsburg / Germany (Interim Professor 04/2020-07/2020)
04/2017 – 03/2020
Heisenberg Scholarship of the German Research Foundation (= DFG, Deutsche Forschungs­gemeinschaft)
04/2011 – 03/2017
Assistent Professor for System-related School Resarch (W-1, Juniorprofessur), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Germany
2007 – 2011
Postdoc at the Social Science Research Center Berlin / Germany
2006 – 2007
Postdoc at the Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg / Germany
2004 – 2006
PhD student at the Heidelberg University / Germany