Postdoc Fellows

Dr. Regina Arant (née Kuhl)
Thematic Field C
Affiliated Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 200 3412

Research Interests

  • Social cohesion
  • Construction and change of geopolitical identities
  • Personality and identity development in response to intercultural contact

Dr. Sonja Bastin
Thematic Field B
Affiliated Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 218 66358

Research Interests

  • Family Dynamics
  • Family in eastern and western Germany
  • Education to work transition

Dr. Raphael Heiberger
Thematic Field B
Affiliated Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 218 58528

Research Interests

  • Social Network Analysis
  • Economic Sociology

Methods Expertise

  • Natural Language Processing
  • (Quantative) Network Analysis
  • Econometrics


Dr. Christian Kroll
Thematic Field C
Affiliated Postdoc

Jonathan Latner, Ph.D.
Thematic Field B
Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 218 66409

Research Interests

My research interests include, work and occupations, income dynamics (inequality, volatility, mobility), and urban sociology.  While most work focuses on the United States, recent work focuses on Canada and Germany, and future work includes Britain and Sweden.  Though the areas are broad, they are united by a focus on inequality; the underlying causes, consequences, and possible solutions.  

Specifically, I examine the role of technological change as one important explanation for inequality, especially in the polarization of employment by skills. The evidence points to a capital-intensive economy characterized by a growing ability to produce economic output alongside a growing inability to connect that output to quality employment growth. One outcome of the disconnect between rising economic output and a decline in quality employment opportunities is rising levels of precarious employment and related income volatility. Another outcome of the gradual decoupling of economic and employment growth is that a main challenge of the future may shift from the question of how to generate new employment to the question of how to distribute our expanding output. A minimum income is a way to distribute rising economic growth without depending on rising employment growth.

As a separate research agenda, I am also interested in concepts of urban sociology with particular respect to discrimination and assets within the U.S. home ownership market.  

Dr. Matthias Meyer-Schwarzenberger
Thematic Field C
Affiliated Postdoc

Research Interests

Political Sociology

In the social sciences:

  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Political culture
  • Modernization/civilization
  • Human development
In linguistics:
  • Linguistic relativity
  • Historical grammar
  • Dialect syntax
  • (Alemannic, Gallo-Romance)

Dr. Alex Veit
Thematic Field A
Affiliated Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 218 67471

Research Interests
My research is at the intersection of international relations, conflict studies, and political sociology. Eastern and southern Africa, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo, are my areas of geographic specialization. In the Congo, I have conducted research on humanitarian military intervention, armed groups, and local structures of rule. More recently, I became interested in the dynamics between collective contentious action and forms of internationalized authority. My teaching and research interests also include development cooperation, sovereign debt politics, and post-conflict statebuilding.

Dr. Clara Weinhardt
Thematic Field A
Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 218 66408

Research Interests

International Relations

International Political Economy

EU External Relations

  • Politics of global trade governance
  • North-South relations, in particular EU-ACP trade and development cooperation
  • China as a rising power
  • Constructivist perspectives on international negotiations