Prof. Dr. Markus Gangl
Principal Investigator

mgangl.jpgMarkus Gangl is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, and Honorary Fellow at the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He currently works on social stratification, economic inequality, poverty, income dynamics, social mobility, labor markets and careers. A second line of his work is directed at improving statistical methods for the analysis of social science data, including panel, event history, and multilevel data, and the methodology of causal inference in the social sciences. Markus Gangl has published his research in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Demography, European Sociological Review and Sociological Methodology, among others, and has co-edited a volume on Transitions from education to work in Europe (Oxford University Press, with Walter Müller). Markus Gangl is an elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and the current Editor-in-Chief of the European Sociological Review.

Website at Goethe University


Dr. Jan Brülle
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jan Brülle has been a postdoctoral researcher in the ‘CORRODE’ project since June 2018. Before joining the project, Jan finished his dissertation on poverty trends in Germany and Great Britain in 2017 and worked for the project “A comparative analysis of working poverty in Israel and Germany” (PIs: Markus Gangl and Asaf Levanon [University of Haifa]) between 2014 and 2016. He is Deputy Editor at the European Sociological Review and his research focuses on social inequality, labour markets, social policy, and the empirical analysis of longitudinal data. Within the CORRODE project, Jan focuses on the impact of unemployment on individual earnings and household incomes.

Website at Goethe University


Stefanie Hoherz, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Stefanie Hoherz

Since October 2017 Stefanie has been a Research Fellow in the ERC-funded ‘CORRODE’ project. While at Bielefeld University she studied Sociology with special focus on social stratification, and then completed a Ph.D. in Applied Social and Economic Research at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, UK. Her thesis, titled ‘Parents between Work and Family Demands in the UK and Germany’, focused on the work-family conflict of new parents. Following this Stefanie worked for 18 months as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Southampton in the Fertility and Family strand of the Centre for Population Change. Her research interests include labour market and family research, as well as longitudinal research methods. Stefanie is working within the CORRODE project on the consequences, from a longitudinal perspective, of labour market insecurities for people’s demographic behaviour.

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Kristina Lindemann, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Kristina Lindemann is a postdoctoral researcher at the CORRODE project at Goethe University Frankfurt. Her research interests include social stratification, intergenerational mobility, educational inequality, social integration and comparative quantitative analysis. Her current work focuses on the role of parental unemployment on educational attainment of children, the extent of educational inequalities in different societal contexts and integration of migrants. She has also done research on labour market entry, ethnic inequalities in education and labour market and perceptions of stratification. Kristina has a PhD degree in sociology from Tallinn University. She has been a visiting fellow at the MZES in Mannheim and at the BIGSSS in Bremen. She has published her research in journals such as European Sociological ReviewEthnic and Racial Studies and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

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Anna Gerlach
Research Assistant


Anna Gerlach (born 1990) is a research assistant in the CORRODE project at the chair for social stratification and social policy since September 2017. She studied political science (B. A.) at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and subsequently sociology and empirical social research (M. Sc.) at the University of Cologne. In her master thesis, she examined the influence of socioeconomic status on family processes such as relationship conflict and parenting behavior and how child development is affected thereby, using a structural equation model. For this purpose, she used data from the German Family Panel pairfam. Her research interests include the structure of society and the social inequality; in particular how the socioeconomic status affects everyday life and which dynamics are responsible for the transmission of social inequality from one generation to the next.

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Carlotta Giustozzi
Research Assistant

Giustozzi_pictureCarlotta Giustozzi (born 1987) is a doctoral researcher in the CORRODE project at the chair for social stratification and social policy since November 2014. She holds a master’s degree in social sciences from Humboldt University Berlin and has been a visiting student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Within the CORRODE project her focus lies on the erosion of political trust in the Great Recession and how it is shaped by welfare institutions and social policy across Europe and the US. For her doctoral thesis she analyses the accumulation of labour market disadvantage and its effects on social integration across regional contexts in Germany.

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Alexandra Asimov
Student Assistant since February 2019


Katharina Giar
Student Assistant since February 2019



Affiliated researchers:

Prof. Pilar Goñalons-Pons
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Pilar GonalonsPilar Goñalons-Pons is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and a research associate at the Population Studies Center. Her areas of interest include gender, family, social stratification, social policy, quantitative methodology, and cross-national comparative studies. Her current research focuses on the impact of changes in wives’ earnings on income inequality in 8 countries 1975-2015, the effects of the Great Recession on workers’ career mobility and family formation in 30 countries, and changes in couples’ work and earnings after childbirth in the US 1970-2010. In her prior work, she studied housework, spousal economic homogamy, and divorce. Pilar Goñalons-Pons’ research has received support from the Russell Sage Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Her research has appeared in journals such as DemographySocial Science Research and the RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.

Website at the University of Pennsylvania



Former team members:

Timo Lepper
Former Research Assistant

Timo LepperTimo Lepper worked as a research assistant in the CORRODE project from the beginning in November 2014 till December 2017. He now works as research assistant for the municipal administration of the city of Frankfurt in the department of statistics and elections. Timo studied sociology (Diplom) as well as economics and business studies at Goethe-University Frankfurt and as visiting student at Korea University (Seoul, South Korea). His thesis was about the consequences of temporary employment on the transition to regular employment, using detailed microdata supplied by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). After his graduation he worked as a researcher in the project “Determinants of Seasonal Structure at the Hessen Labour Market ” for the IAB. His research interests are in the fields of empirical labour market- as well as inequality research.


Tobias Baier
Former Student Assistant, now at Technical University Darmstadt

Website at Technical University Darmstadt


Marija Schultheis
Former Student Assistant in the CORRODE project at the chair for social stratification and social policy from November 2017 until August 2018.