work and life


Dr. phil. in sociology – summa cum laude
Freie Universität Berlin, Department for Sociology, Prof. Dr. Martin Kohli
Jul 2007 – Jul 2012

Visiting Scholar
New School for Social Research, Department for Sociology, New York
Jan 2007 – Jul 2007

Magister – graduated with “very good” (highest GPA)
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, majors: sociology and business
Oct 2002 – Dec 2006

Work Experience

Group Leader “Wealth and Social Inequality”
Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies
Since Nov 2021

Research Group Leader
Technische Universität Berlin, Department for Sociology, Freigeist-Fellowship “Entrepreneurial Group Dynamics”
Jan 2017 – Oct 2021

University of California Berkeley, Department for Sociology, Academic Hosts: Prof. Heather Haveman & Prof. Marion Fourcade, Berkeley
Jan 2014 – Jun 2016

Research Associate in Political Consulting & Research Agency
GIB – Gesellschaft für Innovationsforschung mbH, Berlin
Jun 2012 – May 2013

Research Associate
Freie Universität Berlin, Department for Sociology, Project: From Generation to Generation – Succession in Family Businesses, Berlin
Jul 2007 – Dec 2010

Part-time Assistant in Business Consultancy
procedo Unternehmensberatung GmbH, Oldenburg
Oct 2002 – Dec 2006

Student Assistant
for Prof. Dr. Gerd Vonderach (Story Hermeneutics) and Prof. Dr. Stefan Müller-Doohm (Habermas Biography)
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Oct 2004 – Dec 2006

Training as Management Assistant in Advertising
Mattfeldt & Sänger Marketing und Messe AG Kempten
Sep 2000 – Jul 2002

Academic Honors (selected)

Outstanding Teaching Award, Faculty VI TU Berlin
2020, Value: 1.500 EUR

FBR Best Article Award in 2018 with Frank Barbera & Rocki-Lee DeWitt, Family Business Review.
2019, Value: 5.000 USD

Freigeist-Fellowship funded by VolkswagenFoundation
supporting the research group “Entrepreneurial Group Dynamics” at Technical University Berlin,
Jan 2017-Dec 2021, Value: approx. 1.000.000 EUR

FOBI-Scholar 2014
with Frank Barbera and Rocki-Lee DeWitt. Funding received by the Family Owned Business Institute at Grand Valley State University to further promote the framework of ‘Intergenerational Innovation’,
2014, Value: 5.000 USD

I am passionately creative, engaged and persistent, a team leader, and productive.
As a mother of two wonderful children I strive to balance work and family life.