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Dr. Daniel Drewski

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Project: "Debating the Legitimacy of Borders", Freie Universität Berlin

Affiliate Researcher at SCRIPTS, Junior Professorship for the Sociology of Europe and Globalization at the University of Bamberg

Edwin-Redslob-Straße 29
Room 1OG-06
14195 Berlin

Daniel Drewski is a postdoctoral researcher in the Cluster project "Debating the Legitimacy of Borders". Before that, he worked as a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin. Daniel studied in Berlin, Santiago de Chile and Bloomington (IN) and obtained his PhD in Sociology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with a dissertation on "Europeanization and symbolic boundaries in the European Commission".

Research Interests

  • Sociology of European integration
  • Migration and borders
  • Social and symbolic boundaries
  • Qualitative methods, discourse analysis

Current Research Projects at Scripts

Daniel Drewski is currently postdoctoral researcher in the project "Debating the Legitimacy or Borders". This project aims to understand how the admission or rejection of refugees is justified in different countries around the world based on a comparative analysis of political discourses. For more information on the project, click here.


Drewski, Daniel (forthcoming, 2021): National and regional symbolic boundaries in the European Commission: Towards an ever-closer union? London/New York: Routledge.

                *Dissertation prize 2020 of the German Sociological Association (DGS)


Journal articles (peer reviewed)

Drewski, Daniel (forthcoming, 2021): EU-Osterweiterung und symbolische Grenzziehungen: Eine qualitative Fallstudie der Beamt*innen der Europäischen Kommission. Zeitschrift für Soziologie 50(2).

Drewski, Daniel, Jürgen Gerhards & Silke Hans (2018): National Symbolic Capital in a Multinational Environment. An Exploratory Study of Symbolic Boundaries at a European School in Brussels. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 31(4), 429-448.

Gerhards, Jürgen, Silke Hans & Daniel Drewski (2018): Global Inequality in the Academic System: Effects of National and University Symbolic Capital on International Academic Mobility. Higher Education 76: 669-685.

Drewski, Daniel, Jürgen Gerhards & Silke Hans (2017): Symbolische Grenzziehungen und nationale Herkunft. Eine explorative Studie über Distinktionsprozesse an einer multinationalen Schule in Brüssel. Berliner Journal für Soziologie 27(1): 65-92.

Gerhards, Jürgen, Silke Hans & Daniel Drewski (2017): Zentrum und Peripherie im globalen Wissenschaftssystem. Wie das symbolische Kapital von Universitäten die internationalen Mobilitätschancen von Soziologiestudierenden beeinflusst. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 69(1): 131-147.

Gerhards, Jürgen, Silke Hans, Sören Carlson, Daniel Drewski (2017): The Globalisation of Labour Markets: A Content Analysis of the Demand for Transnational Human Capital in Job Advertisements. Soziale Welt 68(1): 25-44.

Drewski, Daniel (2015): Has there been a European Public Discourse on the Euro Crisis? A Content Analysis of German and Spanish Newspaper Editorials. Javnost - The Public 22(3): 264-282.


Other publications

Drewski, Daniel (forthcoming, 2021): National and regional symbolic boundaries among EU elites: A qualitative interview study of the higher officials of the European Commission. Soziologie 50(2).

Drewski, Daniel, Jürgen Gerhards (2020): The Liberal Border Script and its Contestations. An Attempt of Definition and Systematization. SCRIPTS Working Paper No. 4, Berlin: Cluster of Excellence 2055 “Contestations of the Liberal Script – SCRIPTS”.

Drewski, Daniel (2018): Die Don Quijoterien der Deutschen Ideologie. In: Marx-Engels Jahrbuch 2017/18: 167-179.