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Mathis Ebbinghaus

DPhil in Sociology

Research Interests: Historical Sociology, Analytical Sociology, Rational Action Theory, Social Movements, Collective Action, Political Violence, Genocide Studies, Vichy France and Nazi Germany.

I am a DPhil (PhD) candidate at the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford and a member of Nuffield College. As part of the Oxford-Sciences Po Programme, I am also a visiting PhD student at Sciences Po Paris.

In my doctoral research I combine social science and history, revealing the social and political factors that facilitate resistance to oppression and persecution and investigating the ways in which individuals' acts of altruism are structured by social institutions. The survival of Jews in France during the Holocaust serves as an historical example. I use administrative records compiled by the French and Nazi authorities and the recording of testimonies by Yad Vashem. These data allow me to systematically analyse variation in the survival of persecuted Jews across municipalities, whilst also examining motivations for individual action.

Prior to the DPhil in Sociology, I completed an MSc in Sociology, also at the University of Oxford. Before, I worked as a research assistant at the Social Science Centre Berlin (WZB) and earned a dual bachelor’s degree jointly taken at Sciences Po Paris and the Free University of Berlin. For my studies I received scholarships from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). My doctoral project is jointly funded by Nuffield College and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP Studentship).