Key Positions and Responsibilities

  • Research professor (Chair) for the Sociology of Work at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main
  • Co-Director for the interdisciplinary Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations (CLBO).
  • First-ever Vice-Rector for Human Resources Management and Development and first woman in Rectorate of the RWTH Aachen University, 2008 – 2011
  • Professor for Sociology with the specialty of Gender and Life Course Research at RWTH Aachen, 2007-2011
  • Board of Trustees for the Technical University of Munich since 2018
  • Board of Trustees for the TUM Institute for Advanced Studies since 2011
  • Board of Trustees for the University of Bamberg, 2011-2019
  • Dean of Studies for 5000 students and 12 courses of study at the School of Social Sciences, GoetheUniversity, 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
  • Guest Professor, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, 2022
  • Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Economy and Society, Cornell University, 2014-15
  • CTI Co-Active™ coach, trained in Oslo and London, 2018
  • Graduate of the Summer University Leadership Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Institute for Educational Management, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2009
  • Deputy director of the GLOBALIFE project at the University of Bamberg, 2003-2006, a 2006 EU Descartes Prize finalist
  • Responsible for the Introduction to Sociology course at Goethe University, Frankfurt for 800+ students each year since 2012
  • Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University, 2002
  • Masters in Sociology from Cornell University, 1999
  • Three decades studying work, family, gender, and life courses with an international comparative perspective.


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