Curriculum Vitae / Biography

Dr. Irene Messinger

social scientist
in the field of migration and exile research
based in Vienna, Austria.

Irene Messinger was awarded the professorship at the University of Applied Sciences for Social Work in May 2020, after working for that institution since 2017.  Her recent research project is on The Persecution of Austria´s Social Workers during National Socialism

She holds a doctoral degree in political science (2011) from the University of Vienna. Her PhD thesis (Abstract) on the phenomena of marriage of convenience in Austria was honoured with numerous prizes and awards.

2013-2016 Irene Messinger lead a research project 'Marriages of Convenience during the Nazi Era', about fake marriages of persecuted (jewish) women with a foreign national, enabling them to escape or to live in countries of exile. The project was awarded the 'Edith-Saurer grant'. In 2017-18, Messinger was co-curator of the exhibition 'Persecuted. Engaged. Married.' at the Jewish Museum Vienna, where 12 biographies were shown, one was published as a book, Anita Bilds A Cherry Dress (2018). 
Doing Gender in Exile: Co-Organizer of the conference (Oct 2017) and co-publisher of a book by the same name (May 2019, with Katharina Prager).

Prior to her academic studies she obtained a degree in social work and worked as a social worker and legal counselor for asylum seekers and illegalized immigrants.

Lectures at the Universities:

University of Vienna:
2019-21: Disputed expertise in science and politics. Institutions, actors, and practices in the field of migration research, together with Gerd Valchars
2016-18: Asylum, Migration, Intersectionality
together with Assimina Gouma, Aleksandra Vedernjak and Gerd Valchars
2014-2016: Questioning Migrationsmanagement. Logics of differenciation, together with members of [KriMi], in summer term 2016: lecture series.

University of Applied Sciences at the Departement for Social Work:

since 2017: Social Work and Migration / Asylum
since 2018: Academic writing and research
since 2020: Social Science Research
since 2021: BA Thesis Seminar
since 2020: Social inequalities (Master level)
23.6.2021: 1. Online Students conference Social Work
2019-2021: Experience and Peer-Work in Social Work (together with Karin Rowhani-Wimmer)

2017-2020: Trans*Inter*Queer in Social Work (together with Persson Baumgartinger)
2017-2020: Political Science
2017-2018: Migration and Family (Master level)
2015-2020: Welfare state and Social Policies from a Gender and Diversity perspective (Master level) 2014-2017: Migration- and Integration research
2013-2016: Gender and Diversity (in english)

Awards for the Ph.D. project

März 2012: Gabriele Possanner Award (Federal Ministry of Science and Research)
Liste der Preistraegerinnen als pdf

2011: Michael Mitterauer Prize for Social, Cultural and Economic History in Vienna
Liste der Preisträger*innen
(S. 5)

November 2011: Dissertation Prize for Migration Research (Austrian Academy of Science, ÖAW)
Liste der Preisträger*innen

April 2011: Award for Young Scientists (Theodor Körner Fund)
Liste der ausgezeichneten Arbeiten

Support / Networks:

öge - Österr. Gesellschaft für Exilforschung - frauenAG

fernetzt- Junges Forschungsnetzwerk Frauen- und Geschlechtergeschichte

Netzwerk Biographieforschung

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft

Research Group [KriMi] Critical Migration Studies

Initiative Minderheiten / Initiative Minorities

Verband feministischer Wissenschafterinnen

asylkoordination österreich

Deserteurs- und Flüchtlingsberatung