Prof. Dr. Rita Nikolai

Professor - Internationalisation Coordinator
Comparative Education
Phone: +49 821 598 - 4633
Email: rita.nikolai@uni-a.de
Room: 2059 (D)
Visiting hours: Wednesday from 3 pm. to 5 pm. Please book an appointment on my Digicampus profile
Address: Universitätsstraße 10, 86159 Augsburg

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Secretary:

Katrin Schwab 

 

Phone: +49 821 598-2847

 

Email: katrin.schwab@uni-a.de

 

 

 

 

Curriculum/Vitae

  • since 7/2020 Professor for Comparative Education at the University Augsburg/Germany
  • 04/2020 – 07/2020 Interim Professor for Comparative Education at the University Augsburg/Germany
  • 04/2017 – 03/2020 Scholarship funded within the framework of the Heisenberg Program of the German Research Foundation (= DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

During this time, several months of research in:

  • Australia (07/2019-08/2019): University of Western Australia (Prof. Martin Forsey) and University of Sydney (Prof. Helen Proctor).
  • New Zealand (11/2018-12/2018): Victoria University of Wellington (Prof. Stephen Levine) and University of Waikato (Prof. Martin Thrupp).
  • England (01/2018-02/2018): London School of Economics and Political Science (Prof. Anne West) and at University College London, Institute for Education (Prof. Susanne Wiborg).

 

  • 04/2011 – 03/2017 Assistent Professor for System-related School Research (= Juniorprofessur, W1) at the Humboldt-University Berlin/Germany (evaluation in 2014, considered as habilitation qualification-acchievement)
  • 01/2010 – 03/2010 Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Harvard University within the exchange programme of the CES and the Social Science Research Center (= WZB, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung)/‌Germany
  • 09/2010 – 11/2010 T.H. Marshall Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences within the framework of the T.H. Marshall Fellowship Programme on European Social Policy of the Volkswagen­Stiftung
  • 04/2007 – 03/2011 Head of the Reserch Group "Education and Transitions into the Labour Market“ at the Social Science Reserch Center Berlin (= WZB, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung)/‌Germany
  • 04/2006 – 03/2007 Research Associate of the Director at the Institute for Employment Research (= IAB, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung) (Prof. Jutta Allmendinger, Ph.D.)
  • 2006 Ph.D. in Political Science (Dr. rer. pol.), Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg/Germany (first supervisor Prof. Dr. Manfred G. Schmidt, second supervisor Prof. Dr. Uwe Wagschal)
  • 04/2004 – 03/2006 Research Associate in the project "Educational Expenditure in International Comparison", funded by the German Research Foundation (=DFG, Deutsche Forschungs­gemeinschaft) (Head Prof. Dr. Manfred G. Schmidt) at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg/Germany
  • 2004 – 05 Interim Research Assistent at the chair of Prof. Dr. Manfred G. Schmidt at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg/Germany
  • 2004 Magister in Political Science and History (= Politikwissenschaft/‌Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte), Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg/Germany
  • 1998 – 2004 Studies in Political Science and History (= Politikwissenschaft, Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte), Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg/Germany

Main Research Topics

  • Educational systems in international and historical comparison
  • Educational reforms and policies
  • Educational inequalities (especially social origin)
  • History and development of public and private school systems in Germany and in international comparison
  • Relationships between education and social policy
  • Qualitative methods (especially analyses of expert interviews) and quantitative methods (especially analyses with data from official statistics)

Courses / teaching

(applied filters: semester: current | lecturers: Rita Nikolai | course types: all)

SUPERVISION OF DISSERTATIONS AND HABILITATIONS

Prof. Rita Nikolai is the spokesperson (together with Prof. Elisabeth Meilhammer) of the doctoral program ("Educational Sciences") and is also involved in the doctoral program ("Empirical Educational Sciences") at the Graduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences (GSS) of the University of Augsburg.

 

 

Ongoing doctoral theses (first supervisor)

  • Akhoondi-Loft, Anja: Inklusion in der Lehrkräftebildung – Der Einfluss von Kommunikation bei der bildungspolitischen Umsetzung von Inklusion am Beispiel des Berliner Lehrkräftebildungsgesetzes. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (first supervisor; Scholarship holder of Hans-Böckler-Foundation).
  • Braun Lambur, Jana: Die Stagnation beim Bundeszentralabitur in den deutschen Ländern (first supervisor; Research Assistant at Koblenz-Landau University).
  • Diouf, Siga: Ownership or Donorship? Results and Ownership in German and Senegalese Development Cooperation: A Case Study on TVET in Senegal (first supervisor, DAAD-Scholarship).
  • Narbakova, Aliya: Higher Education Politics: Development in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan (first supervisor; Staff member at the German Center for Research on Science and Higher Education (DZHW)).
  • Schmidt, Laura: Die institutionalisierte Förderung von Schülerinnen und Schülern mit Entwicklungsstörungen schulischer Fertigkeiten im Vergleich (first supervisor).

 

Ongoing doctoral theses (second supervisor)

  • Ramsperger, Vivian: Darstellung, Analyse und Würdigung der Vergabepraxis von Lernfördergutscheinen im Rahmen des Bildung- und Teilhabepakets. University of Augsburg (first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Eva Matthes).

  • Urbas, Christopher: Bildungsföderalismus in Deutschland. Eine Studie zur Entwicklung seit Einführung des Kooperationsverbots im Jahr 2006 unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Einflusses von Digitalisierung auf die politische Debatte. Helmut Schmidt University/Federal Armed Forces University Hamburg (first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Sigrid Hartong)
  • Yagmur, Sümeyra: Extremismusprävention als Aufgabe einer wehrhaften Demokratie. University of Augsburg (first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Eva Matthes).

 

Ongoing habilitations

  • : Private school politics in Central and Eastern Europe [cumulative habilitation].

 

Completed doctoral theses as first supervisor

  • (3) Jenner (geb. Nesyba), Thea (2020): Interessenkonflikte der inklusiven Schule. Eine Fallstudie zu den kollektiven Interessen von Lehrkräften, Sonderpädagog_innen, Eltern und Schülerschaft und den Strategien ihrer Interessenvermittlung in der niedersächsischen Schulpolitik, Humboldt University Berlin (first supervisor; second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Vera Moser; Scholarship holder of the German Economy Foundation).
  • (2) Kennedy-Salchow, Shana (2018): The Role of Business Foundations in Education in the U.S. and Germany: Converging Roles and Activities? Humboldt University Berlin (first supervisor; second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Nina Kolleck).
  • (1) Anusiewicz-Baer, Sandra (2016): Ein Biotop jüdischer Mehrheitsgesellschaft: Zum Zusammenhang zwischen Jüdischer Schulbildung und Identitätskonstruktion am Beispiel der Absolventinnen und Absolventen der Jüdischen Oberschule in Berlin (first supervisor; second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Micha Brumlik; Scholarship holder of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Study Center), awarded the Humboldt Prize 2017 in the category "Judaism and Anti-Semitism"

 

Completed doctoral theses as second supervisor, external reviewer and committee membership

  • (12) Pultar, Anna (2018): On totemic issues, pragmatism and modernity. Comprehensive schooling and social democratic education policy in England and Austria (1980-2010). University of Edinburgh, Great Britain (supervisors: Prof. Eric Mangez, Dr. Philip Cook, Prof. Dr. Rita Nikolai) [external reviewer in the commission]
  • (11) Sass, Katharina (2018): Cleavages and coalitions. Comprehensive school reforms in Norway and North Rhine-Westphalia/Germany (1954-1979). University of Bergen, Norway (supervisors: Prof. Harald Jarning (University of Oslo), Prof. Dr. Rita Nikolai) [Position in the commission as „First Opponent“].
  • (10) Mayer, Tanja (2018): „Das ist einfach dieses, was wir nicht kennen oder nicht wollen“. Einzelschulwahl öffentlicher und privater Grundschulen im Kontext von Distinktion, Segregation und sozialer Ungleichheit. Humboldt University Berlin (first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Koinzer, further second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Marten Clausen) [second supervisor].
  • (9) Azebiah, Maxwell (2017): The Politics of Educational Reform in Ghana. Educational Policy Change and the Persistence of Academic Bias in Ghana`s Secondary Education System, Humboldt University Berlin (first supervisor: Prof. Friedbert Rüb; Scholarship holder of the German Academic Exchange Service) [second supervisor].
  • (8) Borges, Sónia Vaz (2016): Militant Education. Liberation struggle, concientization, and underground educational structures in Guinea Bissau 1963-1978. Humboldt University (first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Marcelo Caruso) [second supervisor].
  • (7) Rothe, Kerstin (2016): Pragmatismus in politischen Entscheidungsprozessen. Der Diskurs zum Schulkonsens aus demokratietheoretischer Perspektive. Ludwig Maximilian University (first supervisor: Prof. Julian Nida-Rümelin) [second supervisor].
  • (6) Crčić, Jasmina (2016): Gender Mainstreaming im Politikfeld Schule. Eine vergleichende Analyse der Stadtstaaten Berlin, Bremen und Hamburg. Philipps University Marburg (first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Annette Henninger; Scholarship holder of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation) [second supervisor].
  • (5) Spangenberg, Heike (2016): Konvergenzen oder dauerhafte Unterschiede? Zur Entwicklung der Studienentscheidungen und nachschulischen Bildungsverläufe seit 1990 in Ost- und Westdeutschland, Humboldt University Berlin (first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Horst Weishaupt; second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Andrä Wolter) [Committee Membership].
  • (4) Wiarda, Jan-Martin (2015): Was macht die Beratung mit dem Berater? Über die Folgen von Politikberatung für die Wissenschaft am Beispiel des Max-Planck-Instituts für Bildungsforschung, Humboldt University (first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. Jürgen van Buer; second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Füssel; external supervision: PD Dr. Gerhard Kluchert) [Committee Membership].
  • (3) Kiuppis, Florian (2014): Heterogene Inklusivität, inclusive Heterogenität: Zum Wandel der Bedeutungen pädagogischer Konzepte im Verlauf ihrer Entwicklung in der institutionellen Umwelt internationaler Organisationen. Humboldt University Berlin (first supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schriewer, second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ernst von Kardoff, Prof. Dr. Gottfried Biewer, Prof. Dr. Rita Nikolai) [second supervisor].
  • (2) Gardin, Matias Edvard (2013): States of education: reflections on the relationship between welfare state and education in Finland and the Federal Republic of Germany 1960-1970. King’s College London (supervisors: Prof. Dr. Rita Nikolai, Dr. Kristina Spohr) [external reviewer in the commission].
  • (1) Ebner, Christian (2012): Erfolgreich in den Arbeitsmarkt? Die duale Berufsausbildung im internationalen Vergleich. Humboldt University Berlin (first supervisor: Prof. Jutta Allmendinger, Ph.D.) [second supervisor].

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