english short biography
Feminist Political Scientist
living and working in Vienna, Austria.
Research interests: (Austrias) Migration History, Racism, Minorities, Intersectionality, Feminist (biographic) Methods.
Irene Messinger received her doctoral degree in Dec 2012 from the University of Vienna, after she completed her PhD in political science on the phenomena of marriage of convenience in Austria. Her work was honoured with numerous prizes and awards, including the Award for Young Scientists (Theodor Körner Fund), Gabriele Possanner Award (Federal Ministry of Science and Research) and the Dissertation Prize for Migration Research (Austrian Academy of Science).
These prizes and a lot of media attention encouraged her to published a book about her PhD topic: Phony or Not. Construction and Criminalization of Phony Marriages - Past and Present.
Ms Messinger is part of the Research Group [KriMi] Critical Migration Studies and is currently working on sham marriages with persecuted (jewish) women in Exile during National Socialist times.
Phony or Not. Construction and Criminalization of Phony Marriages - Past and Present (Vienna: Mandelbaum 2012).
Preventing the Legalization of Relationships with Asylum-Seekers? An Intersectional Analysis of the Legal Exclusion of a Group of People by Means of Residence Status, in (2012) 5-6 (3) Diversitas. Journal on Managing Diversity and Diversity Studies, 57-64.
Intersectionality in Migration Research. Theoretical and Applied History using the Example of the Prosecution of “Immigration Marriages”, in Julia Dahlvik, Heinz Fassmann, Wiebke Sievers, eds., Migration and Integration – Research Perspectives from Austria (Vienna: unipress 2011), 193-209.
A Historical Survey on the Legal Term “Sham Marriage”, in Arno Pilgram, Lorenz Böllinger, Michael Jasch, eds., Uniform Law for Diverse Cultures? Penal Law and Criminology in Times of Trans-cultural Societies and Trans-national Laws (Berlin Münster Vienna: Lit.Verlag 2011), 359-379.
Criminalization of Sham Marriages ins Austria, in (2010) 42 (3) KrimJ. Criminological Journal Hamburg, 205-217.
Disputed Production of Knowledge, (critical) Migration Research and the Rights to Mobility in the Bologna Process (Co-editor), in Stefan Heissenberger, Viola Mark, Susanne Schramm, eds., Burning University. Basics - Critiques - Atmospheres (Vienna: Turia + Kant 2010), 112-115.
Marriages of Residence in Austria (Co-editor), in (2006) 8 (3-4) European Journal of Migration and Law, 281-302.
Handbook on Unaccompanied Minor Refugees. Law, Politics, Practice, Day-to-Day Life and Projects. (Co-editor) (Vienna: Mandelbaum 2002).