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Dr. Tobias Stark

Assistant professor (tenured)
 
ERCOMER (European Research Centre on
Migration and Ethnic Relations)
Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science
Utrecht University, NL

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My research interests are in the field of ethnic prejudice and interethnic relations. In particular, I study the link between prejudice and social networks. Thus, how do prejudice develop with social networks, how do they spread through an existing social network, and how do they affect changes in the structure of social networks?
Though many of my projects are on “basic science,” I’m driven by the potential societal impact of my research. That’s why a large part of my attention is directed at using my insights to develop intervention programs for (primary) schools that are designed to improve interethnic relations. At the moment, I cooperate with practitioners of the programs Discussieren Kun Je Leren, Welkom in Mijn Wijk, and One Globe Kids.

Additionally, I am interested in methodological research. Together with Jon Krosnick, I have developed a new graphical interface (GENSI) to collect data on ego-centered social networks in online surveys. I’m also involved in a large scale replication or classical survey design experiment in 15 countries. In September 2017, I co-organized a 3-day conference on measuring implicit bias funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

My research is funded by the European Commission (Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship, June 2012 – June 2015) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO Veni grant, June 2015 – June 2019).

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November, 2017: TEACHER OF THE YEAR
The students of the program "Interdisciplinary Social Science" at Utrecht University elected me teacher of the year (docenttalent). I feel very honored with this award.


 

November, 2017: Dissemnation activity
I will give an invited lecture at the concert hall Tivoli Vredenburg (Utrecht) as part of the Requiem Waarheen leidt de weg?


 

September, 2017: Paper accepted
Stark, Tobias H.; Silber, Henning; Krosnick, Jon A.; Blom, A.G.; Aoyagi, Midori; Belchior Ana; Bosnjak, Michael; Clement, Sanne Lund; John, Melvin; Jónsdóttir, Guðbjörg Andrea; Lawson, Karen; Lynn, Peter; Martinsson, Johan; Shamshiri-Petersen, Ditte; Tvinnereim, Endre & Yu, Ruoh-rong (2017). "Generalization of Classic Question Order Effects across Cultures". Sociological Methods & Research. In press.

 

September, 2017: Workshop organized
Together with Buju Dasguta, Skip Lupia, Joanna Morris, and Jon Krosnick, I organized a workshop at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) where experts presented their research on implicit bias.
Speaker were (amongst others), Mazharin Banaji, Tony Greenwald, Brian Nosek, David Sears, Leonie Huddy, Jack Dovidio, Russ Fazio, and Klaus Rothermund.

 

August, 2017: Paper published
Tobias H. Stark, Lars Leszczensky, Sebastian Pink: Are there differences in ethnic majority and minority adolescents’ friendships preferences and social influence with regard to their academic achievement? . Zeitschrift fur Erziehungswissenschaft.


 

July, 2017: Research presented
I presented a paper, co-authored with Henning Silber, Jon Krosnick, and Annelies Bloom at ESRA, the bi-annual meeting of the European Survey Research Association in Lisbon, Portugal.


 

July, 2017: Research presented
I presented a paper at EASP, the general meeting of the Euorpean Association of Social Psychology in Granada, Spain.


 

June, 2017: Invited talk
I gave a talk titled "A social network perspective on intergroup contact theory" at Social Science Research Colloquium, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.


 

May, 2017: Research presented
I presented a paper, co-authored with Henning Silber, Jon Krosnick, and Annelies Bloom at AAPOR, the American Association for Public Opinion Research in New Orleans, USA.


 

March, 2017: Invited talk
I gave a talk titled Collecting Data of Whole and Ego-Centered Networks at GESIS, Leibniz-Insitut fuer Sozialwissenschaften, Mannheim Germany.


 

March, 2017: Dissemnation activity
I organize a workshop at the "Onderzoeksparade" of Utrecht University to present my research to students and colleagues.


 

February, 2017: Paper published
Lars Leszczensky, Andreas Flache, Tobias H. Stark, and Anke Munniksma: The Relation between Ethnic Classroom Composition and Adolescents' Ethnic Pride . Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.


 

January, 2017: Research
We started the data collection for our research on the effects of the primary school intervention program "Discussieren Kun Je Leren" in Amsterdam.


 

November, 2016: Research presented
I presented my current research at the Department of Sociology, of the University of Groningen, Netherlands.


 

November, 2016: Paper published
Stark, Tobias H.: "The density of social networks moderates effects of intergroup contact". International Journal of Intercultural Relations (55):133–147.
Follow this link to download the paper for free.

 

September, 2016: Paper published
Stark, Tobias H. & Krosnick, Jon A.: "GENSI: A New Graphical Tool to Collect Ego-Centered Network Data". Social Networks (48): 36–45.
Follow this link to download the paper for free.

 

July, 2016: Research presented
I presented a paper, co-authored with Lars Leszczensky, Andreas Flache, and Anke Munniksma at the conference "Cultural Diversity, Migration, and Education", at the University of Potsdam, Germany.


 

June, 2016: Teaching certificate
After completing a seven-month teacher training and compiling a teaching portfolio, I received the certificate for Dutch university teachers from Utrecht University, Netherlands.


 

June, 2016: Research presented
I presented a paper, co-authored with Macel Coenders at the "dag van de sociologie", the annual meeting of the Dutch Sociological Association at Tilburg University, Netherlands.


 

June, 2016: Dissemnation activity
I co-organized the symposium "Perspektief op diversiteit" for academic and non-academic professionals at the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations at Utrecht University, Netherlands.


 

May, 2016: Presentation given
I was asked to give a pitch on "Identity and Peer Relations" at a preparation meeting of the "Route Jeugd in ontwikkeling, opvoeding en onderwijs" of the "Nationale Wetenschapsagenda".


 

May, 2016: Book chapter in press
Silber, Henning, Tobias H. Stark, Jon A. Krosnick, and Annelies G. Blom:"Implementing a Multi-National Study of Questionnaire Design". In: Johnson, T., B. Dorer, I. Stoop, B.-E. Pennell (Ed.). Advances in Comparative Survey Methods: Multicultural, Multinational and Multiregional (3MC) Contexts. New York: Wiley.


 

May, 2016: Dissemnation activity
I gave an invited lecture on integration of refugees at the "nationale dag van de communicatie".


 

March, 2016: Workshop taught
Together with Lysann Zander and Thorsten Henke, I gave a pre-conference workshop on social network analysis preceeding the annual convention of Empirical Educational Research in Berlin, Germany.


 

February, 2016: Paper published
Munniksma, Anke; Scheepers, Peer; Stark, Tobias H. & Tolsma, Jochem: "The Impact of Adolescents’ Classroom and Neighborhood Ethnic Diversity on In- and Out-Group Relations within Classrooms". Journal of Research on Adolescence.


 

December, 2015: Dissemnation activity
I published an article about my research in the monthly journal for high school and primary school teachers Didactief: "Gemengde scholen, goed voor integratie?”.


 

December, 2015: Invited talk
Talk given at D66 master class: "Wetenschappelijke perspectieven op onderwijssegregatie.”


 

October, 2015: Paper published
Leszczensky, Lars; Stark, Tobias H.; Flache, Andreas & Munniksma, Anke: "Disentangling the Relationship between Young Immigrants' National Identification and their Friendships with Natives". Social Networks (44): 179-189.


 

April, 2015: Paper published
Tobias H. Stark "Understanding the Selection Bias: Social Network Processes and the Effect of Prejudice on the Avoidance of Outgroup Friends". Social Psychology Quarterly.


 

January, 2015: Paper published
Munniksma, Anke; Verkuyten, Maykel; Flache, Andreas ; Stark, Tobias H. & Veenstra, René: "Friendships and outgroup attitudes among ethnic minority youth: The mediating role of ethnic and host society identification". International Journal of Intercultural Relations.


 

December, 2014: Paper published
Stark, Tobias H.; Maes, Michael & Flache, Andreas: "Liking and disliking minority-group classmates: Explaining the mixed findings for the influence of ethnic classroom composition on interethnic attitudes". Social Science Research.


 

November, 2014: Paper published
Pasek, Josh; Stark, Tobias H.; Krosnick, Jon A. & Tompson, Trevor: "What motivates a conspiracy Theory? Birther beliefs, partisanship, liberal conservative ideology, and anti-Black attitudes". Electoral Studies.


 

November, 2014: Paper published
Pasek, Josh; Stark, Tobias H.; Krosnick, Jon A. & Tompson, Trevor: "Changing Levels of Racial Prejudice and Changing Impacts of Attitudes toward Blacks on Approval of Barack Obama’s Job Performance and on Voting Intentions, 2008-2012". Public Opinion Quarterly.


 

July 25, 2014: VENI research grant awarded
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded me a VENI reserach grant (250,000 Euro) for my proposal "Interethnic Attitudes and Social Influence within Social Networks: Towards an Intervention Program for Ethnically Segregated Schools."


 

July 25, 2014: Conference participation
I presented the manuscript "A new survey tool for ego-centered networks" co-authored with Jon A. Krosnick at the VI European Congress of Methodology.


 

May 15, 2014: Cconference participation
I presented the manuscript "A new survey tool for ego-centered networks" co-authored with Jon A. Krosnick at the 69th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.


 

March 16, 2014: Paper accepted for conference presentation
In July 2014, I will present the manuscript "A new survey tool for ego-centered networks" co-authored with Jon A. Krosnick at the VI European Congress of Methodology.


 

February 28, 2014: Paper accepted for publication
The manuscript "Changing Levels of Racial Prejudice and Changing Impacts of Attitudes toward Blacks on Approval of Barack Obama's Job Performance and on Voting Intentions, 2008-2012" by Josh Pasek, Tobias Stark, Trevor Tompson, & Jon A. Krosnick has been accepted for publication in Public Opinion Quarterly.


 

February 15th, 2014: Conference participation
I presented the manuscript "Measuring Anti-Black Racism in the U.S." co-authored by Josh Pasek, Trevor Tompson, & Jon A. Krosnick at the 15th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology at Austin, Tx. I co-chaired the symposium "Racism: Theories, measurements, and consequences" (with Jon Krosnick) at which Patricia Devine, Jack Dovidio, and David Sears presented their current research.

 

January 29, 2014: Paper accepted for conference presentation
In August 2014, I will present the manuscript "Understanding the Selection Bias" at the Annual Conference of the American Sociological Association.

 

January 22, 2014: Paper accepted for conference presentation
In May 2014, I will present the manuscript "A new survey tool for ego-centered networks" co-authored with Jon A. Krosnick at the 69th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.


 

November 21th, 2013: Dissertation Prize awarded
My dissertation "Integration in Schools. A Process Perspective on Students’ Interethnic Attitudes and Interpersonal Relationships" received the prize for the best dissertations written in the years 2011 and 2012 by the Dutch Sociological Association (NSV).

 

August 11th, 2013: Conference participation
I presented the manuscript "How do interventions promote intergroup friendships even among prejudiced people if they avoid the outgroup?" at the Annual Conference of the American Sociological Association.

 

May 20th, 2013: Pre-print appeared
Munniksma, Anke; Stark, Tobias H.; Verkuyten, Maykel; Flache, Andreas & Veenstra, René: "Generalization of positive and negative attitudes towards individuals to outgroup attitudes". Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.


 

May 18th, 2013: Conference participation
I presented the manuscript "Measuring Anti-Black Racism in the U.S." co-authored by Josh Pasek, Trevor Tompson, & Jon A. Krosnick at the 68th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.


 

Spring, 2013: TV interview rediscovered
I finally found this video of a TV interview (in Dutch) on my PhD thesis on YouTube. The interview was taped in September 2011.


 

March 6th, 2013: Pre-print appeared
Stark, Tobias H., Flache, A. & Veenstra, Rene: "Generalization of positive and negative attitudes towards individuals to outgroup attitudes". Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


 

February 1st, 2013: Pre-print appeared
Tolsma, Jochem; Van Deurzen, Ioana; Stark, Tobias H. & Veenstra, Rene: "Who is Bullying Whom in Ethnically Diverse Primary Schools? Exploring Links between Bullying, Ethnicity, and Ethnic Diversity in Dutch Primary Schools". Social Networks.


 

October 16th, 2012: Research Prize for Dissertation
The Erasmus Prize Foundation awarded a Research Prize for my dissertation "Integration in Schools. A Process Perspective on Students’ Interethnic Attitudes and Interpersonal Relationships".
The prize is valued at 3,000 Euro in recognition of an exceptional PhD dissertation in the humanities and social sciences.

 

June 15th, 2012: Project started
For the next two years, I will be working as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University as part of my Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship.

Please see the "contact" tab for my new email address and visitor address.

 

March , 2012: Fellowship awarded
I have been granted a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship by the European Commission. The grant is valued at 263,660.70 Euros and funds two years of research at Stanford University and one year at Utrecht University. Together with Prof. Maykel Verkuyten and Prof. Jon Krosnick, I will examine how the structure of social networks affects racial prejudice.


 

March 30th, 2012: Article published in Dutch journal "de Cascade"
Opinion piece on ethnic mixing in schools was published. Title: "Extra tijd voor etnisch mengen op school? [Extra time for ethnic mixing?]"


 

February 7th, 2012: Research results presented
I was invited to present results of my research to a group of 60 social workers who work with ethnically diverse groups of (school) children. This mini conference was organized by stichting PAS in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

 

January 4th, 2012: Preprint appeared
Preprint of article "The Double Edge of Common Interest: Ethnic Segregation as an Unintended Byproduct of Opinion Homophily" appeared in Sociology of Education.

 

September 8th, 2011: "CUM LAUDE" awarded for dissertation and defense
I was awarded the distinction "cum laude" for both my dissertation and the defense thereof. "Cum laude" is the highest honor in the Netherlands and only given to the top 5 to 7 percent of all dissertations.


 

September 1th, 2011: Dissertation published

News release

Dutch summary

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