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).
I studied Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin (Diplom, 2006) and obtained a PhD in Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence in 2010. From then until 2014, I have been a Postdoctoral Researcher and “Juan de la Cierva” Fellow at the Spanish National Distance-learning University (UNED) in Madrid. Between 2015 and 2020 I have been a”Ramón y Cajal” Fellow at UC3M. From 2015 to 2021, I have been a scientific advisor to the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI), and in this capacity, I co-managed the Spanish involvement in the Joint Programming Initiative “More Years Better Lives”. In addition, between 2019 and 2021 I served as Vice-Chair of NORFACE.
Furthermore, I am affiliated to the ISA’s Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility, the Research Group on “Population and Society” (GEPS). I am an Associated Fellow of the Discrimination and Inequality Lab (D-Lab). as well as a member of 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.