Mathis Schnell


Mathis Schnell is a doctoral researcher and teaching assistant at the Laboratoire d'études des processus sociaux (LAPS) and is associated with the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) – on the move. He joined the institute in October 2019.


In his doctoral thesis, he investigates how institutions in Switzerland assess asylum claims based on the persecution due to sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI). Using quantitative and qualitative approaches, he investigates what reasonings, frames and narratives are to be found in the related institutional practices. He is supervised by Prof. Dr. Janine Dahinden and Prof. Dr. Philip Balsiger.


He is also engaged as teaching assistant in the two BA-courses “Introduction à la statistique (Statistique I)” and “Statistique appliquée aux sciences sociales (Statistique II)”.


Mathis Schnell holds a degree in political science from the University of Zurich (UZH).




- Asylum law & politics

- Text analysis

- rstats




Duyvendak, J. W., & Schnell, M. (2024). "The culturalization and emotionalization of citizenship". In Encyclopedia of Citizenship Studies. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. Retrieved Apr 29, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.4337/9781800880467.ch69


Schnell, Mathis (2021) Anne-Cécile Leyvraz, Raphaël Rey, Damian Rosset, Robin Stünzi, Avec la collaboration de Teresia Gordzielik, Barbara von Rütte et Nesa Zimmerman: Asile et abus. Asyl und Missbrauch: Regards pluridisciplinaires sur un discours dominant. Asyl 3, p.27. [Review]. https://asyl.recht.ch/fr/artikel/01asyl0321pub/anne-cecile-leyvraz-raphael-rey-damian-rosset-robin-stunzi-avec-la


Schnell, Mathis (2020): Asylum Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Persecution: The Political Discourse in Switzerland. Blog NCCR - on the move. https://blog.nccr-onthemove.ch/asylum-based-on-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-persecution-the-political-discourse-in-switzerland/?lang=de





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