“Here is a brief summary of my professional stages: My stay at NIAS and my NIAS “life course” research project (organized by Henk Becker, University of Utrecht) in 1988/89 was very helpful for my subsequent academic career.
In 1989-1992, I was appointed Chair in Sociology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy. Afterwards, I moved back to Germany to the Chair in Social Statistics and Sociological Research Methods at the University of Bremen (1992-1998), and then to the Chair in Theory and Empirical Analysis of Social Structures and Economic Systems at Bielefeld University (1998-2002).
From 2002 – 2020 I held the Chair of Sociology I at the University Bamberg. In 2012-2017, I was on leave to take over the Chair of Sociology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
Since my retirement in April 2020, I have been appointed Emeritus of Excellence of the Graduate Centre Trimberg Research Academy (TRAc) at the University Bamberg.
During my career, I have led several major research projects and research institutes in the social sciences. I have published 37 books and over 250 articles on life course research, social inequality, youth, family, sociology of education, labor market research, demography, social stratification and mobility, modern methods of quantitative social research, and statistical methods for longitudinal data analysis. These have been cited more than 34,500 times (H index = 76; I10 index = 280; Google Scholar, Oct. 2021).
NIAS helped lay the foundation for this career.”