Zachary Van Winkle
I am an assistant professor of sociology at Sciences Po's Observatoire Sociologique du Changement (OSC). Up to 2020, I was a postdoctoral research fellow in sociology and social demography at the department of sociology and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. I was employed within a research project funded by the European Research Council, which seeks to better understand the consequences of low fertility for social inequalities in European countries and beyond. My research continues to focus on the interplay between family demography and social inequality from a comparative life course perspective. For example how do transitions to parenthood, marriage, and divorce affect individuals’ economic wellbeing, such as household income and poverty risk, across time and space.
I earned my BA in the social sciences from the Humboldt-University Berlin in 2013, followed by a MA in 2015. Starting in September of 2015, I was employed as a pre-doctoral research fellow at the department of microsociology at the Humboldt University and the research group on demography and inequality at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. During that time, I was hosted by Stockholm University, Princeton University and the University of Amsterdam for research visits. I defended my doctoral dissertation on the complexity of family life courses in 20th century Europe and the United States in early October of 2018, which was awarded the best PhD thesis prize from the European Consortium for Sociological Research and the German Society for Demography.