Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research (BIM)

Prof. Dr. Petra Stanat

Stanat Petra SW


phone: +49 (0)30 2093-46500
fax: +49 (0)30 2093-5336




Petra Stanat has been director of the Institute for Quality Development in Education (IQB) at Humboldt University in Berlin since 2010.

Among other things, she is a member of the DFG Review Board for Educational Science, a member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Institute bifie (Educational Research, Innovation & Development of the Austrian School System), and co-editor of the Zeitschrift für Pädagogik (ZfPäd).

Petra Stanat's research focuses on the conditions and promotion of educational success of adolescents with an immigrant background.

One focus is on issues of second language development and support.

Petra Stanat is currently working on several research projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


Research focus


  • Conditions and promotion of success at school for adolescents with an immigrant background
  • Ethnic, social, and gender disparities in school success
  • Ensuring minimum standards
  • Second language development and literacy
  • School performance comparisons


Academic career


She completed her psychology studies at the Free University of Berlin with a diploma in 1992. In 1998,
she completed her doctorate (PhD) in Social and Personality Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Subsequently, Petra Stanat was a research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, where she coordinated the international part of the first cycle of PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) for Germany. She habilitated in educational science at the Free University of Berlin in 2005.

Afterwards, Prof. Stanat took up her first professorship (W2) in Empirical Teaching Research at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where she was managing director of the Central Institute for Teaching-Learning Research (2005-2007). Subsequently, she was Professor (W3) of Empirical Educational Research at the Free University of Berlin (2007-2010).


Third-party funded projects


  • 2013-2016. educational language competencies: Requirements, language processing and diagnostics (together with Prof. Dr. Sabine Weinert). Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

  • 2009-2016. National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), Teilprojekt Bildungserwerb von Personen mit Migrationshintergrund im Lebenslauf mit dem Schwerpunkt auf Sprache und Identität (als Mitglied des NEPS-Konsortiums). Förderung: Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsverläufe e.V. (LIfBi) an der Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

  • 2012-2015. in-depth analyses on conditions of effectiveness of language-systematic and subject-related language support for primary school children of non-German origin (together with Dr. Anja Felbrich). Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

  • 2012-2015. The role of immigrants' first and second language proficiency for social integration, particularly in education: Analyses of NEPS data (gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. Cornelia Kristen).
    Förderung: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Projekt im Schwerpunktprogramm 1646
    „Education as a Lifelong Process“)

  • 2012-2015. competence acquisition and learning requirements (together with Prof. Dr. Cornelia Kristen and Prof. Dr. Irena Kogan). Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

  • 2012-2015. effects of combined musical and phonological early intervention on the development of phonological awareness in kindergarten children of German and non-German origin (together with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider and Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt). Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


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