Rona Geffen

Doctoral candidate

Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
Department Social Sciences
Institute for Sociology

Campus Westend - PEG Gebäude
Hauspostfach 15
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Office: PEG 3.G134
Phone: +49 (0)69 798-36616



Since October 2016 Rona Geffen has been a doctoral candidate at the Chair for Social Stratification and Social Policy at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Before coming to Frankfurt, she completed her master’s degree in Sociology and worked as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Haifa, Israel. For her dissertation, she received a DAAD Doctoral Research Fellowship.

Throughout her research she explores why inequality is so persistent within and across generations. In her thesis she investigates how labor market careers translate into long-term inequality, considered as a process rather than only an outcome, during adulthood. Focusing on Germany and the UK, she examines how this persistent inequality is shaped by sources of economic well-being as well as by class resources that are inherited from the family of origin and developed over the adults’ life course. For her analyses, she utilizes quantitative methods and longitudinal data. 

Her research interests include inter-and intragenerational mobility, career and family dynamics, life course, economic inequality, labor market, social policy and quantitative research methods. In her previous research she has studied the social integration of immigrants.

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Teaching experience

Winter 2015: Teaching Assistant, “Introduction to Statistics”, The School for Political Science, University of Haifa (BA level).

Winter 2014: Teaching Assistant, “Research Methods in Social Science”, The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Haifa (MA level).

Spring 2013- 2015: Teaching Assistant, “Advanced Statistics for Sociology”, The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Haifa (BA level).

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Publications and Presentations


  • Kemp, Adriana, Rebeca Raijman and Rona Geffen. (2020). "Who drives migration discourse and in what direction? Claims-making and political mobilization analyses of labor migration in Israel". Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (forthcoming).
  • Raijman, Rebeca and Rona Geffen. (2018). "Sense of Belonging and Life Satisfaction among Post‐1990 Immigrants in Israel." International Migration, 56(3): 142-157. 
  • Raijman, Rebeca, Moshe Semyonov and Rona Geffen. (2015). "Language Proficiency among Post-1990 Immigrants in Israel." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41(8): 1347-137.

Presentations at international conferences

  • Careers, Households and The Welfare State: Evaluating the Process of Long-Term Inequality during Adulthood in Germany and the UK
    • The 12th Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop about Perspectives on (Un-) Employment, January 2020, Nürnberg, Germany
  • The Timing of Lives: Understanding the Dynamics of Economic Attainment and Family Formation during the Transition to Adulthood in Germany and the UK
    • RC28 Conference, August 2019, Princeton, USA
    • Transitions in Youth Conference, September 2018, Mannheim, Germany
  • Households' Career Dynamics and the Divergence in Economic and Family Life Pathways during Adulthood
    • RC28 Conference, March 2019, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • The Three Worlds of Employment Benefits and Precarious Work in the Israeli Labor Market (with Asaf Levanon)
    • ECSR Conference, September 2018, Paris

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