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I lead the Chair of Sociology, especially Family and Work at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg and am an external fellow and project leader at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research. Before, I was Assistant Professor of Sociology of the Welfare State and from 2018 to 2021 Interim Chair of Macrosociology at the University of Mannheim. I studied Social Sciences at the Humboldt University of Berlin and received my PhD from the University of Cologne in November 2013. I was then a postdoctoral fellow at the SOCIUM Research Center at the University of Bremen, and in 2017 a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.
What factors influence gender inequality in employment histories and retirement incomes across Europe? How does caregiving affect women’s labour force participation?
Does the Corona crisis increase inequality in work and care? How do migrants in Europe age well? Which quotas for leadership positions are accepted by citizens and why?
These and related questions are the focus of my research agenda. Since 2019, I have been co-project leader of the interdisciplinary junior research group “Integration of Migrants and Attitudes towards the Welfare State (IMES)” (funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs). My international research project “Do migrants in Europe age well? A mixed methods and intervention study in four countries (MIG-AGE)” (funded by the Volkswagen Foundation).
I am co-editor of the Journal of Social Policy Research, member of the editorial board of the journal Work, Aging and Retirement, and board member of the Section Social Policy of the German Sociological Association.