Michael Kühhirt

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Hello, 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. These pages provide information on my research and teaching, available also as a cv.

I have attained both an M.A. (sociology, modern history, and economic history) and a PhD in social sciences (Dr. rer. soc.) at the University of Mannheim, Germany. My dissertation research focused on the consequences of having children for paid and unpaid work of men and women in (West) Germany. Coming from a rural working class background, I’ve now grown more and more interested in the role of family characteristics and behaviors in social reproduction through their immediate impact on child development.

Originally, I hail from Southern Thuringia, a region 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. But I also enjoy books, films, music, 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