Prof. Dr. phil. Yasemin Karakaşoğlu

Prof. Dr. phil. Yasemin Karakaşoğlu

Director of the Unit for Intercultural Education | Professor for Intercultural Education (FB 12)

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Prof. Dr. Yasemin Karakaşoğlu (1965) , two children, is the head of the research group on Education in a Migration Society/Intercultural Education at the Department for the Science in Education/University of Bremen (Germany). Having studied in Hamburg and Ankara she holds a Masters degree in Turcology, German Literature and Political Science from the University of Hamburg and a PhD in Education from the University of Duisburg/Essen. From 2011 to 2017 she has been VP for International and Diversity of the University of Bremen. She is member of the Board of Governors of the DAAD and was head of the “Council on Migration” (2019-2021), an NGO of migration researchers and academics from various disciplines. She was influential in developing and implementing the intercultural, inclusive and language sensitive teacher training university program. Current research interests are: Transnationalism and teacher professionalisation, Critical Race Theoretical approaches in Educational Science,  Institutional changes in schools and higher education of the migrantion society, Islam as a factor of multiculturalism in German schools.

Education and academic positions

  • M.A. Master of Arts, Turcology and Modern German Literature, University of Hamburg (1985-1991) and University/Ankara (Turkey) (1989)
  • PhD University of Essen (1995-1999), Faculty of Education
  • Research Assistant at the Center for Studies on Turkey (ZfT)/Institute at the University of Essen (1991-1995)
  • Research Assistant at the Department for Educational Sciences, Chair for Intercultural Education/University of Essen (1996- 2004)
  • Professor for Intercultural Education, University of Bremen (since October 2004), Faculty of Educational Sciences;
  • Vice Dean of Faculty of Educational Sciences (2009-2011)
  • Vice Rector for International and Diversity, University of Bremen (2011-2017)
  • Head of the Tenure Board and Member of the Diversity Board of the University of Bremen (2018-2021)
  • Vice dean of the Fculty of Educational Sciences and member of the Academic Senate, Member of the Advisory Board to the University of Bremen e-General-Studies-Modul "Diversity-Kompetencies" (since 2021)
  • Member of the Advisory Board to the Project "Go Diverse - Gender and Diversity sensitive Personel Recruitment in Reseach” (since 2018).


 Related academic/civic activities (selection):

  • Member of the Panel of Experts of the German Foundations for Integration and Migration (2009-2015)
  • Member of the Board of Governors of BAU International University of Applied Sciences in Berlin (2013-2017)
  • Member of the Panel of Experts of the Otto-Benecke-Foundation (2009-2018)
  • Member of the Scientific Board of the Freudenberg-Foundation, Weinheim/Germany (since 2013)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (since 2016)
  • Member of the “Rat für Migration e.V.”(Council for Migration – Association of 150 migration researchers in Germany) (since 2012)
  • Chairperson of the Council for Migration (Rat für Migration e.V.) (2018-2021)
  • Member of the Scientific Board  Mitglied of the Islamkolleg Deutschland e.V. (Academy for Imam-Training) (since 2021)



  • Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2021)
  • Bremer Diversity-Personality (2014)
  • Honor for civil society commitment in the field of migration and integration by the Turkish Community in Germany (TGD) (2008)
  • Augsburg Science Award for Intercultural Studies (2000)

Exemplary Publications

Yarar, Betül; Karakaşoğlu, Yasemin (2023): Inclusive-Exclusion of exiled scholars into German academia through the ambivalent
zone of ‘academic humanitarianism’, Policy Reviews in Higher Education

Karakaşoğlu, Yasemin together with Paul Mecheril, Saphira Shure, Lydia Heidrich (eds.)(2021): Regimes of Belonging – Schools -Migrations. Teaching in Transnational Constellations, Springer VS Verlag.

Vogel, Dita; Karakaşoğlu, Yasemin (2021): Transnationally Mobile students and the ‚Grammar’ of Schooling. In: Heidrich, Lydia; Karakaşoğlu, Yasemin; Mecheril, Paul; Shure, Saphira (Hrsg.): Regimes of Belonging – Schools – Migrations. Teaching in (Trans)National Constellations. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S. 203–220.

Karakaşoğlu, Yasemin; Doğmuş, Aysun (2016): Muslimization - "Othering" Experiences of students in academic teacher programs, in: Clea Schmidt/ Jens Schneider (Eds.): Diversifying the Teaching Force in Transnational Contexts. Critical Perspectives: Routledge Press, S. 89–103.

Karakaşoğlu, Yasemin (2014): Interculturality and Diversity Management at Universities: Theoretical Claims and Practical Challenges, Humboldt-University (Lecture Series: Ferngespräche)