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

  • Life Course Transitions and Social Inequality
    • Family Dynamics and Expansion
    • Education to Work Transitions
  • Social Structure and Social Change

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. Armin Müller
Thematic Field B
Affiliated Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 200-3473

Research Interests

  • Social policy in China and East Asia
  • Healthcare system in China and East Asia
  • Technical and vocational education and training in China and East Asia
  • International and international migration, social protection of migrants

Dr. Anna Safuta
Thematic Field B
Affiliated Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 218 58597

Research Interests

  • welfare states and social policy
  • transnational migration and policy diffusion between Central-Eastern and Western Europe
  • gender, class, and ethnicity in an intersectional perspective

Dr. Dora Ṥimunović
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3968

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary psychology of intergroup conflict and dynamics between minorities and majorities
  • Management of common resources in heterogeneous societies
  • Impact of religious belief and secular authority on social behaviour

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. Ruth Abramowski
Thematic Field B
Affiliated Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 218 58550

Research Interests

  • Gender and work
  • Sociology of families and intimate lives
  • European analysis of social structure
  • Comparative welfare state research
  • Social inequalities and well-being
  • Quantitative methods


Dr. Lara Minkus
Thematic Field B
Affiliated Postdoc
Tel.: +49 421 218 58536

Research Interests

  • Sociology of the Family
  • Gender
  • Sociology of Work
  • Inequality
  • Public Opinion
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Europeanization
  • Life course reserach