Zachary Van Winkle



I am an assistant professor of sociology at Sciences Po's Observatoire Sociologique du Changement (OSC) and an associate member of Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. 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. My research focuses 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?


Currently, I am the PI of the ANR RÉSILIENCE-COVID-19 funded project “Assessing the Individual and Societal Economic Consequences of Premature Widowhood following the Covid-19 Pandemic” (WIDOW19), the Trilateral Initiatives in Emerging Regions Grant from the Columbia Alliance funded project “A Holistic Approach to Social & Life Course Change in China” with Yao Lu (Columbia), Jia Yu (Peking), and Fangqi Wen (Oxford) as well as the John Fell funded project “The Consequences of Family Complexity for Adults & Children in the UK”.

My BA in the social sciences was earned 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.







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Observatoire Sociologique du Changement

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75007 Paris