Hello and welcome, I’m a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer (akad. Rat auf Zeit) at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Cologne, Germany. I have attained both an M.A. (sociology, economic and social history/modern history) and a PhD in social sciences (Dr. rer. soc.) at the University of Mannheim, Germany. My research focuses on the formation and development of social inequality over the life course. I'm particularly interested in the role of specific life events (e.g., childbirth) in this process as well as in social stratification in childhood and its determinants. Over the years, I have taught a variety of substantive and methodological courses. My CV in PDF format is available here.

Concluding on a personal note, I come from a rural working class background hailing from Southern Thuringia, a region in Germany known for its winter sports athletes, sausages, and unexpected Franconian dialect. This birthplace has naturally endowed me with an inexhaustible enthusiasm for all things mountain and forest. I'm also very fond of books, films, music, SV Werder Bremen, and BBC nature documentaries narrated by Sir David Attenborough.


Michael Kühhirt
University of Cologne
Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology
Greinstrasse 2
50939 Cologne

Email: michael.kuehhirt[at]uni-koeln[dot]de
Phone: +49 (0) 221 470 3363