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


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.

Website at Goethe University


Kristina Lindemann, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Kristina Lindemann (born 1984) is a postdoctoral researcher in the CORRODE project at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main. She received a PhD degree in sociology from Tallinn University (Estonia). Her doctoral dissertation was about the structural integration of second generation immigrants in post-Soviet countries. She researched the process of educational attainment and labour market entry. Kristina has been a visiting fellow at the MZES in Mannheim and at the BIGSSS in Bremen. Kristina’s research interests include social stratification, educational systems, labour markets, skill formation, integration of migrants and comparative quantitative analysis. In the CORRODE project, she focuses on the role of parental unemployment for children’s educational attainment.

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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.

Website at Goethe University


Marija Schultheis
Student Assistant

MS_1Marija Schultheis is a student assistant in the CORRODE project at the chair for social stratification and social policy since November 2017. She studied sociology (B.A.) and economic sciences at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. During her bachelor studies she was a student assistant in the interdisciplinary EviS Project “Evidence-based actions in the scholastic multilevel system” at the chair for organization of work and business at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. In her bachelor thesis she examined changes in evidence based actions in schools. Marija is currently writing her master thesis in sociology at the Goethe University Frankfurt on reconciliation of work and family life focusing on female academics.



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