Is a Professor of Sociology at Jacobs University Bremen, on leave and a Research Fellow at the EUI and Robert Schuman Center. She has been teaching theoretical and methods classes on the graduate and post-graduate level at the Phillips-University of Marburg, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg, Universities of Rostock and Bremen and Jacobs University, Bremen. 

Her substantial interests focus on the interplay of demographic groups (older people, women migrants) and demographic dynamics on social inequality and happiness. Her work has been published i.e. in Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Marriage and Families, European Sociological Review, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Happiness Studies

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