Key Positions and Responsibilities

  • Research professor (Chair) for the Sociology of Work at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main since 2011
  • Co-Director for the interdisciplinary Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations (CLBO) since 2011
  • First-ever Vice-Rector for Human Resources Management and Development and first woman in Rectorate of RWTH Aachen University, 2008 – 2011
  • Professor for Sociology with the specialty of Gender and Life Course Research at RWTH Aachen, 2007-2011
  • Deputy director of the GLOBALIFE project at the University of Bamberg, 2003-2006, a 2006 EU Descartes Prize finalist
  • Postdoc researcher at Cornell Gerontology Research Institute, University of Bielefeld (C1), and University of Bamberg (C1) between 2002-2007

Boards and University Service

  • Board of Trustees for the Technical University of Munich since 2018
  • Board of Trustees for the TUM Institute for Advanced Studies, 2011 – 2023
  • Board of Trustees for the University of Bamberg, 2011 – 2019
  • Dean of Studies for 6000 students and 12 courses of study at the School of Social Sciences, Goethe University, Frankfurt, 2018 – 2021
  • Chair of the Board of Examiners, Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University, Frankfurt, 2016 – 2018
  • Chair of the Department of Sociology, Goethe University, Frankfurt, 2013 – 2015

Visiting and Guest Professorships and Fellowships

  • Erasmus Exchange Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, 2022
  • Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Economy and Society, Cornell University, 2014-15

Education and Training

  • CTI Co-Active™ coach, trained in Oslo and London, 2018
  • Graduate of University Leadership Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Institute for Educational Management, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2009
  • Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University, 2002
  • Masters in Sociology from Cornell University, 1999
  • Bachelors in Sociology from Rice University, 1995


  • Responsible for the Introduction to Sociology course at Goethe University, Frankfurt for 800+ students annually since 2012
  • Three decades studying work, family, gender, and life courses with an international comparative perspective.


Recent Uni Lecture