Dr Jonathan Mijs

Dr Jonathan Mijs

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow

International Inequalities Institute

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Key Expertise
Stratification, Education, Race/Ethnicity, Morality, Methods

About me

Jonathan Mijs' work uses ethnography, experiments, and quantitative analysis of survey data to investigate how, in a post-industrial society increasingly driven by inequalities, beliefs in meritocracy are developed and sustained.

Jonathan's interest more broadly is in the interplay between the structural and agentic forces that together shape the course of people’s lives. In previous work, he has studied such processes in schools and educational policy, criminal justice, and urban social change. 

He completed his PhD (2017) at Harvard University, where he remains a Fellow in Sociology.

See Jonathan's personal website here.

Expertise Details

Stratification; Education; Race/Ethnicity; Morality; Methods


Mijs, Jonathan J.B. 2019. "The Paradox of Inequality: Income Inequality and Belief in Meritocracy go Hand in Hand." Socio-Economic Review 0(0): 1–29.

Mijs, Jonathan J.B. 2018. "Visualizing Belief in Meritocracy, 1930–2010." Socius 4(1):1-2.

Mijs, Jonathan J.B. 2018. "Inequality Is a Problem of Inference: How People Solve the Social Puzzle of Unequal Outcomes." Societies 8(3): 64.

Mijs, Jonathan J.B. 2016. “Stratified failure: Educational stratification and students’ attributions of their mathematics performance.Sociology of Education 89(2): 137-153. 

Mijs, Jonathan J.B. 2016. “The unfulfillable promise of meritocracy: Three lessons and their implications for justice in education.Social Justice Research 29(1): 14-34.

Mijs, Jonathan J.B., and Bowen Paulle. 2016. “The burden of acting wise: Sanctioned school success and ambivalence about hard work at an elite school in the Netherlands.” Intercultural Education 27(1): 22-38.

Mijs, Jonathan J.B., Elyas Bakhtiari, and Michèle Lamont. 2016. “Neoliberalism and symbolic boundaries in Europe: Global diffusion, local context, regional variation.Socius 2: 1-8.

Mijs, Jonathan J.B. 2016. “The missing organizational dimension of prisoner reentry: An ethnography of the road to reentry at a nonprofit service provider.Sociological Forum 31(2): 291-309.

Mijs, Jonathan J.B. 2015.Blurred lines: Structure/agency, presence/vacancy in Detroit’s urban museum.City & Community 14(2): 183-5.

Mijs, Jonathan J.B. 2014.Detroit’s wealth of ruins.Contexts 13(2): 62-69.

Mijs, Jonathan J.B. 2011.Review of ‘Inheriting the city: The children of immigrants come of age’ by Philip Kasinitz, Mary Waters, John H. Mollenkopf. Teacher College Record 16306.

Van de Werfhorst, Herman G., and Jonathan J.B. Mijs. 2010.Achievement inequality and the institutional structure of educational systems: A comparative perspective.Annual Review of Sociology 36: 407-428.

Crul, Maurice, Adel Pasztor, Frans Lelie, Jonathan J.B. Mijs, and Philipp Schnell. 2009. Snakes and ladders in educational systems: Second generation Turkish students in Europe compared. The Hague: NICIS Institute.

Mijs, Jonathan J.B. 2008.Meritocracy or plutocracy? Finding explanations for the educational disadvantages of Moroccan immigrants living in the Netherlands.Amsterdam Social Science 1(1): 44-70.