Bolette Moldenhawer

Bolette Moldenhawer

!!Lektor emerita


1995  Ph.D. in Education, University of Copenhagen

1988  MA. Degree in Cultural Sociology, University of Copenhagen

Visiting Scholarships

2015 Visiting Associalte Professor, Centre Emile Durkheim, Université de Bordeaux, Att. Prof. Claire Schiff

2010  Visiting Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Cambridge University, UK, Att. Prof. Madeleine Arnot.

2006  Visiting Professor, TEMA ETNICITET, Department of Ethnic Studies, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden, Att. Prof. Alexandra Ålund.

2002-03  Visiting Associate Professor, Danish University of Education (DPU), Denmark.

1998-99  Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Anthropology, USA, Att. Prof. John U. Ogbu.

Employment record

2001-  Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Education, Philosophy and Rhetoric; Department of Media, Cognition and Communication.

1997-2000  Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen, Department of Education, Philosophy and Rhetoric.

1996-97  External lecturer, University of Copenhagen, Department of Education, Philosophy and Rhetoric.

1996-97  Research fellow, Inerisaavik, Nuuk, Greenland.

1995 (May-December)  Maternity leave.

1994-95  Research fellow, Ministry of Education, Section of folk-education.

1991-94  PhD fellow, University of Copenhagen, Department of Education, Philosophy and Rhetoric.

1989-91  External lecturer, University of Copenhagen, Department of Education; and Research fellow, Høje-Taastrup Municipality and Immigrant’s day and night school (“Indvandrernes dag- og aftenskole” in Danish).

1988 (June-December)  Maternity leave.

Research areas

Bolette Moldenhawer is a senior researcher and research coordinator at the University of Copenhagen. Her research and publications focuses on cultural sociology of pedagogy, e.g. the role of education as regards social inequalities, professional work, young people’s schooling strategies, cultural identity and social positioning – in comparative and international perspectives. Within the research field of migration and integration, the focus is on transnational educational strategies, ethnic minority and majority relations, and mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion. Her future research is focusing on political categorisation practices addressing "the immigrant" in relation to historical processes of state transformation. Moreover, her research is exploring the pedagogical work addressing asylum seeking and newly arrived children in public schools in Denmark.  

Research projects 

2016 - Permanent temporality: Social, Political and Pedagogical Work with Newly Arrived Children in Denmark. 

2013-2016  Professional interventions as a state crafting grammer addressing “the immigrant”, granted means from The Danish Council for Independent Research, Section of Humanities, as part of a collective research project: Professional interventions as state crafting grammar addressing “the immigrant”;

2008-2011  A study of the role of education in processes of ‘othering’ and ‘minoritization’ and of how relations between schools, families, peer-groups, and local communities influence young people’s schooling strategies, identity construction and social positioning within the research program of EDUMIGROM.

2006-2007  A comparative study of internal exclusion and the diverging significance of ethnicity – in Denmark and Sweden within the research program of UAMA [Education, work and citizenship agency], Linköpings Universitet, Tema Etnicitet.

2002-2006  A comparative study of differentiation and integration in upper secondary education in Denmark and Sweden, on structural, school and classroom level within the research program of IMIO.

2000-2002  Transnational migration processes and education among Pakistanis in Denmark

Research Management

2013-2016  Research manager of "Professional interventions as a state-crafting grammar adressing "the immigrant"

2012-2013  Research manager of "Fractures, dislocations and disruptions in the educational field"

2009  Research Management Course, Copenhagen Business School.

2008-2012  Research manager of “Migration, state and pedagogy”: A strategic research program challenging the study of pedagogy, educational structures and practice by linking it to a prominent and interdisciplinary based research field of migration and state formations, thus crossing the boundaries traditionally established between these research areas.

2008-2011  Research manager of the Danish country study of EDUMIGROM: An international and comparative research project exploring how educational policies, practices and experiences in different welfare regimes protect minority ethnic youth against marginalization and social exclusion.

2002-2006  Research manager ofIMIO: A comparative study of migration and integration in its various forms within the areas of integration policy, employment, education and identity formation.

Research network and related activities 

2008-   Board member in ‘Dansk pædagogisk Tidsskrift’ [Danish Pedagogical Journal]

2010  Network development activities (with Trine Øland), Institute of Education, London University (Prof. Stephen Ball, PhD student Helen Everett), Faculty of Education, Cambridge University (Prof. Madeleine Arnot) and Sciences Po, Paris (Prof. Agnes Van-Zanten). Discussion paper: State crafting and group-making: educational interventions and socio-moral regulations motivated by the presence of the migrant, granted means from FUKU (PhD program in education), Faculty of Humanities.

2008-2012  Board member of the Centre of the Studies of Equality and Multiculturalism, University of Copenhagen (CECEM)

2008-2011  Member of The Migration Initiative, University of Copenhagen

2008-2010  Board member of the Scandinavian Network for Education, Work and Civic Agency

2004-2008  Member of Nordic Network for multicultural educational research, Nordic

Educational Research Association (NERA)

2002-2004  Danish Research Network for Intercultural Interaction and Multicultural Education (with grants from The Danish Council for Independent Research, Section of Humanities 2002-04)


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