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Promoting dialogue between cultures

Naika Foroutan conducts research into migration, integration, perceptions of Islam and Muslims in Germany, identity formation, and equality – all topics of great relevance in the societal discourse of today.

Foroutan studied political science, Romance philology, and Islamic studies at the University of Cologne. In 2004 she acquired her doctorate from the University of Göttingen, where she went on to work as a lecturer in international relations. Over the following years she taught at Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where she was made Professor of Social Sciences in 2015.

In 2017 she co-founded the German Center for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM), and is still one of its directors. Since 2018 she has also headed the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM).