I am a sociologist from Berlin and currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) as well as member of the Carlos III-Juan March Institute of Social Sciences (IC3JM) and Institute of Economics (IE-UC3M). Since March 2018, I am the Principal Investigator of the research project “Effort and Social Inequality” (EFFORT), funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council, and lead a Research Group at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center related to this interdisciplinary project. I am also a member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) and currently serve on its Ombudsperson Team.
I studied Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin and obtained a PhD in Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. I was a “Juan de la Cierva” Postdoctoral Fellow at the Spanish National Distance-learning University (UNED) and a “Ramón y Cajal” Senior Fellow at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. I have also previously acted as scientific advisor to the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI), serving as Vice-Chair of NORFACE and being involved in the Joint Programming Initiative “More Years Better Lives”.
I coordinate the UC3M Research Group “Social Structure and Population”. Furthermore, I am affiliated to the ISA’s Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility, and the Research Group on “Population and Society” (GEPS). I am also a Fellow of the “Network for Studies of Pensions, Aging and Retirement” (Netspar). Moreover, I am on the Editorial Board of the journal “Work, Aging and Retirement”.
My research interests include: social stratification and educational attainment, retirement and the life course, gender and family, personality, and ethnic inequality.