Frank Kalter (born 1964) has held the Chair for Theory of Sociology at the University of Mannheim since 2009. In addition he is head of the research department “European Societies and Their Integration” at the Mannheimer Zentrum for Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research), Principal Investigator for the international study “Chidlren of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey (CILS4EU)” and President of the European Academy of Sociology. Frank Kalter studied mathematics and social sciences at the University of Cologne. He completed both his doctorate and habilitation in the field of Sociology at the University of Mannheim, where he worked from 1991-2003 as a research associate, assistant lecturer and Senior Research Fellow. From 2004-2009 he was a Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Leipzig. Frank Kalter has been a Visiting Fellow at the Office of Population Research, Princeton University, and at Nuffield College, University,of Oxford, as well as “Reinhard Wippler visiting professor” at the University of Utrecht, among others. He has taught at the University of Heidelberg and at the University of Berne. From 2008-2010 he was a member of the Rat für Sozial and Wirtschaftsdaten (RatSWD, German Data Forum). Frank Kalter is the author or editor of several books and numerous contributions to professional journals. His major research interests lie in the fields of migration, the integration of ethnic minorities, methodology, and modeling social processes. He has headed several national and international research projects on the causes of migration and general mobility behavior, as well as on the processes involved in the structural assimilation of migrants.