Prof. Dr.

Thorsten Schneider

Institut für Soziologie


University of Leipzig
Institute of Sociology
Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig

Office H3 1.05Phone +49 (0)341 9735668
Consultation hour: In lecture times: Tuesday, 11.00 a.m.-12:00 noon



Fields of Research

  • social and ethnic inequalities of educational opportunity
  • generational relations and family issues
  • longitudinal research methods

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Professor of Sociology - Comparative analysis of contemporary societies, Leipzig University

Previous Positions

2008-2011 Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor) of Sociology with special focus on educational inequalities across the life course, University of Bamberg

2005-2008 Research Assistant, University of Bamberg

2000-2005 (Junior) Research Scientist, DIW Berlin


2005 Doctoral degree (Sociology), University of Zurich. Doctoral thesis on social origins and educational participation (title: “Erfolgreich durchs deutsche Schulsystem”)

2000 Diploma in sociology with minors in economics and history, University of Bremen

1993 University entrance qualification, Simmern

Further Professorship Appointments

2011 Chair of Sociology – Methods of empirical social research, Trier University (appointment declined)

2010 Professor of Sociology – Sociology of Education (W2), TU Munich (appointment declined)


Five publications in English (in alphabetical order)

Leopold, T., and T. Schneider (2011): Family Events and the Timing of Intergenerational Transfers. in: Social Forces 90: 595-616.

Müller, S., and T. Schneider (2013): Educational Pathways and Dropout from Higher Education in Germany. in: Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 4: 218-241.

Obermeier, V. and T. Schneider (2015): Educational Choice and Risk Preferences: How Important is Relative vs. Individual Risk Preferece? in: Journal for Educational Research Online 7: 99-128.

Schneider, T. (2008): Social Inequality in Educational Participation in the German School System in a Longitudinal Perspective. Pathways into and out of the Most Prestigious School Track. in: European Sociological Review 24: 511-526.

Schneider, T. (2013): School Class Composition and Student Development in Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Domains. Longitudinal Analyses on Primary School Students in Germany. in: M. Windzio (ed.): Integration and Inequality in Educational Institutions. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 167-190.

Reviews (selected journals only)

  • American Journal of Education
  • European Sociological Review 
  • Higher Education
  • Journal for Educational Research Online
  • Journal of European Social Policy
  • Journal of Happiness Studies 
  • Schmollers Jahrbuch – Journal of Applied Social Science Studies 
  • Swiss Journal of Sociology
  • Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft
  • Zeitschrift für Familienforschung – Journal of Family Research
  • Zeitschrift für Soziologie




Vorlesung Bachelor | 2 SWS | SS 2018

Einführung in die Sozialstrukturanalyse

Vergleichende Analyse von Gegenwartsgesellschaften
13:15 | wöchentlich
Hörsaalgebäude, Hörsaal 6
Kolloquium Bachelor | 2 SWS | SS 2018

Diskussionen und Befunde aus der Sozialstrukturanalyse

Vergleichende Analyse von Gegenwartsgesellschaften
15:15 | wöchentlich
NSG S 322
Seminar Bachelor | 2 SWS | SS 2018

Theorien und Befunde zu Bildungsungleichheiten im Lebenslauf - Seminar A

Vergleichende Analyse von Gegenwartsgesellschaften
09:15 | wöchentlich
NSG, Raum S 126
Seminar Bachelor | 2 SWS | SS 2018

Theorien und Befunde zu Bildungsungleichheiten im Lebenslauf - Seminar B

Vergleichende Analyse von Gegenwartsgesellschaften
11:00 | wöchentlich
NSG, Raum S 126