Melanie Kolbe

Melanie KOLBE

Spoken languages
English, French, German
Areas of expertise
  • Immigrants, refugees, diasporas
  • Migration policies and law
  • Multiculturalism
  • Redistribution policies, social inequalities, poverty
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Western and Central Europe
  • North America



After studying for a bachelor's degree at the University of Rostock, Germany, Melanie Kolbe gained a Master and PhD in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Georgia, USA. She joined the Graduate Institute in 2015 as Assistant Professor. Melanie Kolbe works in the fields of comparative political economy, political psychology and political institutions. She specializes particularly in immigration policy, immigrant integration and immigrant public opinion.



Articles published:

  • 2019 Kolbe, Melanie and Elif Naz Kayran. “The Limits of Skill Selective Immigration Policies: Welfare States and the Commodification of Labour Immigrants.” Journal of European Social Policy. Volume 29, Issue 4, pp. 478–497.
  • 2016 Kolbe, Melanie and Markus M. L. Crepaz. “The Power of Citizenship: How Inclusion Affects Attitudes on Social Benefits Among Naturalized Citizens and Foreign Residents.” Comparative Politics. Volume 49, Issue 5, pp. 105-123.
  • 2016 Kolbe, Melanie. “Does Cultural Recognition Obstruct Immigrant Integration? Evidence from Two Historic Case Studies.” International Migration Review. Volume 50, Issue 2, pp. 413-444.
  • 2014 Kolbe, Melanie and Peter S. Henne. “The Effect of Religious Restrictions on Forced Migration.” Politics and Religion. Volume 7, Issue 4, pp. 665-683.


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