Arnfinn Haagensen Midtbøen

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Academic interests

Arnfinn H. Midtbøen's research centers on immigration, integration and ethnic inequality, including topics such as employment discrimination, citizenship, descendants of migrants in education and work, free speech in a diverse public sphere, and the history of migration research. In his research, Midtbøen combines a range of methods, including field and survey experiments, qualitative interviews, document analysis and traditional surveys.

Courses taught

Midtbøen coordinates the department's introductory course in sociology and teaches in courses on migration (BA level) and advanced statistical methods (PhD level).


Midtbøen holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Oslo (2013). From 2008 to 2020 he was employed at the Institute for Social Research (ISF) in Oslo. He is still affiliated to ISF in a 20% position as a Research Professor. 

Midtbøen has been a visiting scholar at Princeton University (2012) and The Graduate Center, City of New York (2017). He is member of the editorial board of the Norwegian Journal of Sociology, Norway Country Expert for Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBACIT) at the European University Institute in Florence, and head of the IMISCOE research cluster Discrimination in Cross-National Perspective (with Rosita Fibbi and Patrick Simon). In the period 2016-2020 he was the editor of the leading Norwegian social science journal, The Journal of Social Research. When The Young Academy of Norway was established in 2015, Midtbøen was picked out as one of the 20 first members, and he was member of the Young Academy board in 2017-18. Since August 2021, Midtbøen has headed a government-appointed committee that evaluates the need for including labour migrants in the Norway's integration program. The committee will submit its report by the end of 2022.

Midtbøen's research has appeared in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences (PNAS), Annual Review of Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, European Sociological Review and International Migration Review.

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Tags: Sociology, Migration, Integration, Citizenship, Social inequality, Labour market, Public sphere
Published May 5, 2020 8:36 AM - Last modified Oct. 4, 2021 6:59 PM