Studied Sociology, Social Psychology and Social Pedagogy at the University of Zurich, where she received her Lic. phil. and her PhD in Sociology. Her doctoral thesis was about “second-generation” immigrants in Switzerland. Research and lecturing activities at various Swiss universities mainly in the field of migration and qualitative social research. From 2008 to 2015 Associate Professor for Qualitative Methods at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany). Since 2015 independent sociologist and lecturer. Main research areas: migration, social inequality, education, qualitative social research. Ongoing research: Biographical resources and Strategies of Action of young adults with immigrant background.