Thomas Soehl

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Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology
Stephen Leacock Building, 712
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Phone: 514-398-6841
Email: thomas.soehl [at]

Departmental Profile

Two main themes guide my research: one is the importance of family ties for migrants and the inter-generational transmission of culture, socio-economic characteristics and political attachments in migrant families. A second theme is the political transition that international migration involves, and the multiple and shifting socio-political attachments of migrants. In addition to the literature on immigrant socioeconomic and political incorporation, and migrant transnationalism, my work contributes to research on political socialization, the sociology of the family, the comparative study of ethnicity and race, and the political reproduction of nation-states. I heavily rely on quantitative methods such as multilevel modeling, event-history analysis, item-response theory, structural equation models and Bayesian approaches to statistical inference.
Before embarking on an academic career I worked for three years for the New York City Council as a policy analyst and earned degrees from the University of Kassel (Urban Planning), the Graduate Center at CUNY (MA Political Science) and the Harvard Kennedy School (Public Administration).


Soehl, Thomas. (2016) "From origins to destinations: acculturation trajectories in migrants’ attitudes towards homosexuality." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. [online first]

Soehl, Thomas. (2016) "Social Reproduction of Religiosity in the Immigrant Context: The Role of Family Transmission and Family Formation—Evidence from France." International Migration Review. [online first]

Soehl, Thomas. (2016) "But do they speak it? The intergenerational transmission of home-country language in migrant families in France." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 1513-1535.

Luthra, Renee Reichl, and Thomas Soehl. (2015) "From Parent to Child? Transmission of Educational Attainment Within Immigrant Families: Methodological Considerations." Demography 52: 543-567.

Wimmer, Andreas and Thomas Soehl. (2014) “Blocked Acculturation: Cultural Heterodoxy among Europe’s Immigrants.” American Journal of Sociology 120:146-186.