Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2015
    Postdoc at the ALLBUS research data centre in the department "Data Archive for the Social Sciences", GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

  • 2015
    Doctorate (Dr. rer. soc.) at the University of Mannheim, Germany (summa cum laude). Examiners: Prof. Dr. Clemens Kroneberg (University of Cologne), PD Dr. Dietrich Oberwittler (Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg)

  • 2009 – 2015
    Research associate and lecturer at the University of Mannheim, Germany, and Utrecht University, The Netherlands

  • 2008
    Diplom degree in sociology from Bielefeld University, Germany (cumulative grade: with distinction). Diplom thesis: Familial socialization and youth violence. A comparative analysis of the relationship between experiencing parental violence in childhood and youth violence.

Selected publications

  • Schulz, Sonja. 2016. "‘Don’t Blow Your Cool’: Provocation, Violent Coping, and the Conditioning Effects of Self-Control." Journal of Quantitative Criminology 32 (4): 561-587. doi:

  • Beier, Harald, and Sonja Schulz. 2015. "A Free Audio-CASI Module for LimeSurvey." Survey Methods: Insights from the Field. doi:

  • Schulz, Sonja. 2014. "Individual Differences in the Deterrence Process: Which Individuals Learn (Most) from Their Offending Experiences?." Journal of Quantitative Criminology 30 (3): 215-236. doi:

  • Schulz, Sonja, and Harald Beier. 2012. "Die Vernachlässigung langfristiger Folgen in der Entscheidung zu abweichendem Verhalten. Entwicklung und Gütekriterien einer neuen Messung von Selbstkontrolle." Soziale Probleme 23 (2): 251-281.

  • Schulz, Sonja, Stefanie Eifler, and Dirk Baier. 2011. "Wer Wind sät, wird Sturm ernten. Die Transmission von Gewalt im empirischen Theorienvergleich." Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 63 111-145. doi:

  • Schulz, Sonja. 2009. "Intergenerationale Scheidungstransmission und Aufwachsen in Stieffamilien. Gibt es den Transmissionseffekt auch bei Stiefkindern?." Zeitschrift für Familienforschung 21 5-29.

  • Eifler, Stefanie, and Sonja Schulz. 2009. "Rational Choice, Handlungskontrolle und Alltagskriminalität." Soziale Probleme 18 139-162.

  • Schulz, Sonja. Forthcoming. "Selbstkontrolle und kriminelle Neigung in der modernen kriminologischen Theoriediskussion." In Handbuch Kriminalsoziologie, Dieter Hermann and Andreas Pöge (Eds.), Baden-Baden: NOMOS.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Harmonizing and synthesizing partnership histories from different research data infrastructures (German Research Foundation (DFG),

Media coverage

  • 08 Jan. 2012 "Das sind Wunden, die hat man. Wiederholen Scheidungskinder als Erwachsene die Fehler ihrer Eltern?" (Those are wounds people have. Do children of divorce repeat the errors of their parents as adults?), Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAZ newspaper, Sunday edition)

  • 08 March 2010 "Was Scheidungskindern hilft" (What helps children of divorce), Gehirn & Geist (magazine)

  • November 2009 "Hohes Scheidungsrisiko. Menschen, die nach der Scheidung der Eltern in Patchworkfamilien aufgewachsen sind, erleben häufiger als andere eine Trennung" (High risk of divorce. People who grow up in patchwork families after their parents' divorce are more likely than others to experience divorce). Psychologie Heute (Psychology Today magazine)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Partnered, with 1 child (*2016)


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