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I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Sociological Research of KU Leuven. My current research interests lie in family sociology, social stratification, and agent-based computational modeling.

Between 2013–2017, I have been a member of the GENDERBALL project team at KU Leuven (principal investigator: Jan Van Bavel). In the context of this project, I have examined the implications of the shifting gender balance in education for reproductive behavior in Europe, mostly by means of agent-based computational modeling. A short overview of my research activities in this project can be obtained hereGerman speakers can learn more about our research in an article in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

In my Ph.D. research at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology at the University of Groningen, I have examined the emergence of status differentiation from small group interaction by means of agent-based computational modeling and social network analysis (supervisors: Rafael Wittek and Andreas Flache). I was particularly interested in the social construction of status characteristics such as gender, age, and ethnicity. A digital copy of my dissertation can be obtained here

News and upcoming events

  • On the 27th of February 2018, I will give a guest lecture in the Master course European Social and Population Issues at the Vrije Universiteit BrusselBelgium.
  • I will present our work on agent-based modeling in the workshop Sozialwissenschaftliche Simulationen und die Soziologie der Simulation (Simulation in the Social Sciences and the Sociology of Simulation), which takes place 910 March 2018 at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
  • In June 2018, I will present the paper "The Changing Importance of Women’s Labor Market Position for Union Formation: Evidence from European Cohorts Born between the 1940s and the 1980s" at the European Population Conference in Brussels, Belgium.
  • I am member of the program committee of the 2018 Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science, which will take place 1215 July at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
  • I am member of the program committee of the 2018 SocInfo conference, which will take place 2528 September in Saint Petersburg, Russia.