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Dr. Steffen Wamsler

Educational Decisions and Processes, Migration, Returns to Education | Returns to Education and Post-School Education
Educational Decisions and Processes, Migration, Returns to Education | PEPP-Cov


Research interests

  • Social Inequality
  • National identity
  • Social integration
  • Social and political trust
  • Democratic support
  • Emotions and political attitudes
  • Social consequences of Covid-19
  • Survey research
  • Survey experiments
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Panel models
  • Multi-level modelling
  • Publications


    Wamsler, S. (2023). Dimensions of social trust and national identity: Addressing a multifaceted relationship. Nations and Nationalism, 29(2), 598-617.
    Wamsler, S., Freitag, M., Erhardt, J., & Filsinger, M. (2023). The pandemic and the question of national belonging: Exposure to Covid‐19 threat and conceptions of nationhood. European Journal of Political Research, 62(2), 510-529.


    Erhardt, J., Freitag, M., Wamsler, S., & Filsinger, M. (2022). What drives political support? Evidence from a survey experiment at the onset of the corona crisis. Contemporary Politics, 28(4), 429-446.
    Wamsler, S. (2022). Violated entitlement and the nation: How feelings of relative deprivation shape nationalism and constructive patriotism. International Journal of Comparative Sociology. Advance online publication.


    Erhardt, J., Freitag, M., Filsinger, M., & Wamsler, S. (2021). The emotional foundations of political support: How fear and anger affect trust in the government in times of the Covid‐19 pandemic. Swiss Political Science Review, 27(2), 339-352.
    Erhardt, J., Wamsler, S., & Freitag, M. (2021). National identity between democracy and autocracy: A comparative analysis of 24 countries. European Political Science Review, 13(1), 59-76.
    Filsinger, M., Freitag, M., Erhardt, J., & Wamsler, S. (2021). Rally around your fellows: Information and social trust in a real-world experiment during the corona crisis. The Social Science Journal. Advance online publication.
    Filsinger, M., Wamsler, S., Erhardt, J., & Freitag, M. (2021). National identity and populism: The relationship between conceptions of nationhood and populist attitudes. Nations and Nationalism, 27(3), 656-672.

    Selected presentations and lectures


    Filsinger, M., & Wamsler, S. (2023, February 2 - 3). Subjective inequality and regime preferences: How perceptions of disadvantage undermine democratic support [Paper presentation]. Annual Conference of the Swiss Political Science Association, Basel, Switzerland.
    Filsinger, M., & Wamsler, S. (2023, June 22 - 24). Subjective inequality and regime preferences: How perceptions of disadvantage undermine democratic support [Paper presentation]. 13th Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association, Glasgow, Scotland.
    Wamsler, S., & Zoch, G. (2023, September 25 - 26). Same crisis, divergent trust? Examining east-west differences during the Covid-19 pandemic in Germany [Paper presentation]. Autumn Conference of the German Sociological Association (DGS) - section social inequality and social structure analysis, Jena, Germany.
    Zoch, G., & Wamsler, S. (2023, September 11 - 13). Educational disparities in trust changes during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Longitudinal evidence from Germany [Paper presentation]. Three-country conference of the German political science association (DVPW), Linz, Austria.

    Current projects