Prof. Dr. Jan Rath received his MA degree in cultural anthropology and urban studies and his PhD from Utrecht University. He is now Professor of Urban Sociology in the Department of Sociology , Fellow in the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) and the Center for Urban Studies in the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Member of the IMISCOE Research Network, and the European Chair of International Metropolis.
He has been active in various other disciplines, such as political science, sociology of law, economics and economic sociology. He previously held academic posts at the Center for the Study of Social Conflicts (COMT) in Leiden University, the Center for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Society (SMES) in Utrecht University, the Institute for the Sociology of Law in the Catholic University of Nijmegen, and the Department of Sociology in the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
He has done research on a wide array of topics including (electoral) political mobilization; trade unions; integration policy; the political and theoretical foundations of social science; racism; school segregation; spatial segregation; popular culture; Islam; the informal economy; urban tourism; gentrification; immigrant entrepreneurship; public space; city objects; etcetera.
He is particularly interested in the ways in which cities in a globalizing world help shape unity and diversity. His research focuses on how the urban opportunity structure — notably its political, economic and symbolic dimensions — shapes life chances and social relations, and vice versa.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS) within the University of Oxford. He has, moreover, been an advisor of the Dutch local and national governments, the European Commission, the OECD, the United Nations, and various other organizations. He is a member of the World Economic Forum, notably its Global Agenda Council on Migration.
He is involved in various (international) research projects. He is author of numerous articles, book chapters, books and reports on the sociology, politics and economics of post-migratory processes. He was the founding and managing editor of the Dutch quarterly journal Migrantenstudies (until 2002), was editor of the Netherlands’ Journal of Social Sciences, and is currently editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, advisory editor of the International Migration Review (IMR), associate editor of the Journal of International Migration and Integration (JIMI), and editor of the Solidarity and Identity Series of the Amsterdam University Press.
According to Harzing’s Publish and Perish, Jan Rath’s work has been cited 5,183 times with an average of 27.72 citations per paper, the H-index is 32, and the G-index 70 (March 1, 2018). Google Scholar estimates 6,095 citations, H-index 37, and i10-index 84 (March 1, 2018).