1993-1996: B.A. (eq.) in Sociology (Prediploma in Sociology), Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg
1996-1997: Erasmus Scholarship, Roehampton Institute of Higher Education, London.
1997-2000: M.A. (eq.) in Sociology (Diploma in Sociology), Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg Diploma-Thesis: Alleinlebende im Lebensverlauf (Single Living across the Life-Course).
2000-2001: Research Associate, State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg (ifb).
Since 2001: Research Associate, German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), DIW Berlin.
Since 2007: Research Associate, Chair of Sociology & Family Demography (Prof. Heike Trappe), Institute of Sociology & Demography, University of Rostock.
2004-2008: Ph.D. (eq.) in Sociology (Dr. phil.), University of Bielefeld, International Graduate School in Sociology (IGSS), Dissertation Thesis: The Effects of Labour Market Participation on Fertility Decisions: Gender Differences in Cross-National Perspective" (Summa cum Laude), Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Diewald.
2009: Visiting Fellow at Yale University, Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE), Yale University, New Haven (CT) USA, (July - September)
2013-2014: Deputy Professor in Sociology & Methods in Social Sciences, Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg