Pia N. Blossfeld

Institut für Soziologie


Leipzig University,
Institute for Sociology
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig

Office H3 1.11
Telephone [+49] (0)341 / 97-35655
Email pia.blossfeld[at]uni-leipzig.de

ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0001-8629-2873

Office Hours: Wednesday 14:00-15:00 (appointments by email).



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Fields of Research

  • Life Course Research
  • Sociology of Labour Markets
  • Sociology of Education
  • Stratification, Class, and Mobility
  • Sociology of Work and Occupations
  • Statistical Methods
  • Methods of Social Research
  • Cross-National Comparative Research
  • Welfare Regimes
  • Middle Class Research

Curriculum Vitae

Academic positions

09/2017-present Assistant Professor,  University of Leipzig (DE)

10/2016 - 08/2017    PostDoc, University of Leipzig (DE)


10/2012 – 07/2017 DPhil, Nuffield College, University of Oxford (GB)

09/2015 - 11/2015 Visiting Researcher, Observatoire Sociologique de Changement (OSC), Sciences Po (FR)

09/2014 - 10/2014 Visiting Researcher, Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE), Yale University (US)

03/2010 - 08/2010 Erasmus, University of Trento (IT)

10/2007 - 08/2012 Diploma in Sociology, University of Bamberg (DE)




Blossfeld, P. N. (2014). Neue und alte Ungleichheiten. Inter- und intragenerationale Mobilitätsprozesse von Männern. Opladen: Budrich Verlag. [Link]

Blossfeld, P. N. (2018). Changes in Inequality of Educational Opportunity. The Long-Term Development in Germany. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag. [Link]

Refereed Journal Articles

Blossfeld P. N., Blossfeld G. and Blossfeld H.-P. (2015). Educational Expansion and Inequalities in Educational Opportunity: Long Term Changes for East and West Germany. European Sociological Review 31: 144-160. [Link]

Blossfeld, P. N. (2016). Inequality of Educational Opportunity and Welfare Regimes. World Studies in Education 17: 53-85. [Link]

Blossfeld, P. N. (2018). Social background and between-track mobility in the general education system in West Germany and East Germany after German unification. Zeitschrift für Soziologie 47: 255-269. [Link]

Blossfeld, P. N. (2019). A multidimensional measure of social origin: theoretical perspectives, operationalization and empirical application in the field of educational inequality research. Quality & Quantity 53: 1347-1367. [Link]

Blossfeld, H.-P., Blossfeld, G. J. and Blossfeld, P. N. (2019). Social inequality and educational decisions over the life course: An educational sociology perspective. Journal for Educational Research Online 11: 16-30. [Link]

Blossfeld, P. N. (2019). Labour market entry and early career mobility of men before, during, and after the Great Recession in Germany. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 10: 175-200. [Link]

Blossfeld, P. N. (2019). Soziale Herkunft und langfristige Veränderungen der Übergänge zwischen akademischen und nicht-akademischen Karrieren nach dem ersten Bildungsabschluss: Bedeutung für das berufliche Bildungssystem. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaften 22: 535-565. [Link]

Blossfeld, P. N. (2020). The role of the changing social background composition for changes in inequality of educational opportunity: An analysis of the process of educational expansion in Germany 1950-2010. Advances in Life Course Research 44: 100338. [Link]

Book Chapters

Blossfeld, P. N., Blossfeld, G. J. and Blossfeld, H.-P. (2016). Changes in Educational Inequality in Cross-National Perspective. In: M. J. Shanahan, J. T. Mortimer and M. K. Johnson (eds.): Handbook of the Life Course. Volume II. Heidelberg: Springer Press, pp. 223-247. [Link]

Blossfeld, P. N., Blossfeld, G. J. and Blossfeld, H.-P. (2017). The Speed of Educational Expansion and Changes in Inequality of Educational Opportunity. In: T. Eckert und B. Gniewosz (eds.): Bildungsgerechtigkeit, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 77-92. [Link]

Blossfeld, P. N. (2017). Labour Market Entry Before and After the Financial Crisis in Germany: Duration of Labour Market Entry, Quality of First Job, and Fixed-Term Employment. In: J. Bynner and I. Schoon (eds.): Young People's Development and the Great Recession. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 208-232. [Link]

Blossfeld, P. N., Carstensen, C. H. and von Maurice J. (2019). Zertifikatsarmut gleich Kompetenzarmut? Zum Analysepotential des Nationalen Bildungspanels bei Fragen der Bildungsarmut. In: G. Quenzel and K. Hurrelmann (eds.): Handbuch Bildungsarmut. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 467-489. [Link]

Blossfeld, G. J., Blossfeld P. N. and Blossfeld H.-P. (2019). A Sociological Perspective of Education as a Lifelong Process. In: R. Becker (ed.): Research Handbook on the Sociology of Education. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 18-34. [Link]

Working Papers

Blossfeld, P. N. (2018). A note on the Mare model. Arbeitsbericht des Instituts für Soziologie Nr. 76. [Download]

Blossfeld, P. N. (2018). A multidimensional measure of social origin: Theoretical perspectives, operationalization and empirical application in the field of educational inequality research. LIfBi Working Paper No. 73. [Pre-print version]


Seminar Bachelor | 2 SWS | WS 2020/2021

Seminar B: Institutionen und sozialer Wandel

Institutionen und Sozialer Wandel
09:15 | wöchentlich
NSG S 315
Seminar Bachelor | 2 SWS | WS 2020/2021

Seminar A: Strukturwandel und soziale Ungleichheit

Institutionen und Sozialer Wandel
11:15 | wöchentlich
NSG S 315