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I am a sociologist. I am interested in things that matter to people: aging, happiness, and technological progress. I am also keen to experiment with new methodologies.
Currently, I am on leave from Jacobs University Bremen, spending time at the
EUI setting up the new ‘data clinic’. I am also associated to the Robert
Schuman Center, where I work on cross-national differences in parenting styles,
the happiness of women in leadership, as well as health literacy. I began my
career studying Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Public Law, and
empirical methods in Germany, the UK and the USA. I have worked at the laboratory of longevity at the Max-Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, at the scientific institute of the AOK, Germany’s largest health insurer, at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and at the East-West-Institute in New York. I taught at the universities of the Federal Armed Forces, Hamburg, Philipps University Marburg, Bremen University and Shanghai University.