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Thomas Leopold

Prof. Dr. Thomas Leopold - Professor of Methods of Empirical Social Research

Research focuses

Social demography, family relations, quantitative methods, life course, inequality, health, comparative research

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Curriculum vitae

Academic Positions:         

  • 2020 Full Professor (W3), Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Cologne
  • 2016–2020 Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam
  • 2014–2016 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam
  • 2012–2013 Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, European University Institute
  • 2009–2014 Research and Teaching Associate, Department of Sociology, University of Bamberg
  • 2008–2011 Research Assistant, National Educational Panel Study, University of Bamberg


  • 2012 PhD (Dr. rer. pol.), , University of Bamberg
  • 2002–2008 MA in Sociology, University of Bamberg

Current research projects:

  • 2020–2025 Principal Investigator: Uncovering the Kinship Matrix: A New Study of Solidarity and Transmission in European Families (KINMATRIX). ERC Starting Grant 2019, 1.487.000 €
  • 2017–2020 Principal Investigator: Critical Life Events and the Dynamics of Inequality:Risk, Vulnerability and Cumulative Disadvantage (CRITEVENTS). NORFACE ERA-NET Cofund Grant, 1.500.000 €
  • 2018–2021 Co-Applicant: Inequality, Early Adult Life Courses and Economic Outcomes at Mid-Life in Comparative Context (EQUALLIVES) PI: S. Harkness. NORFACE ERA-NET Cofund Grant, 1.430.000 €

Selected publications