Short CV/Education and training

  • Daniela Grunow is a Full Professor of Sociology at the Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main (Germany). Daniela received her Ph.D. (summa cum laude) from the Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg (Germany) in 2006. From 2006 – 2008 Daniela was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course, Yale University (CT, USA). Before joining the Goethe-University Daniela had been a faculty member at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, 2008 – 2012.

  • Daniela's research and teaching address the interaction of market work, domestic work and gender relations in different welfare regimes from a life-course perspective. She is interested in quantitative and qualitative methods, especially longitudinal data analysis.

  • In 2010 Daniela Grunow received an ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant, awarded by the European Research Council. Since January 2011 she is the principal investigator and director of the 5-year research programme APPARENT, Transition to parenthood: International and national studies of norms and gender division of work at the life course transition to parenthood.

Selected publications

  • Daniela Grunow, Florian Schulz & Hans-Peter Blossfeld (2012): What Determines Change in the Division of Housework over the Course of Marriage? International Sociology. First published online February 9, 2012, doi: 10.1177/0268580911423056

  • Daniela Grunow, Silke Aisenbrey & Marie Evertsson (2011): Familienpolitik, Bildung und Berufskarrieren von Müttern in Deutschland, USA und Schweden (Family Policy, Education, and Employment Careers of Mothers in Germany, the U.S. and Sweden). Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. 63(3): 395-430.

  • Torsten Biemann, Anette E. Fasang, and Daniela Grunow (2011): Do economic globalization and industry growth destabilize careers? An analysis of career complexity and career patterns over time. Organization Studies. 32(12): 1638-1662.

  • Silke Aisenbrey, Marie Evertsson & Daniela Grunow (2009): Is there a career penalty for mothers' time out? A comparison between Germany, Sweden and the U.S. Social Forces, 88(2), 573-605.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • APPARENT -- Transition to parenthood: International and national studies of norms and gender division of work at the life course transition to parenthood.

    The project assesses contemporary parenting norms and practices and their diffusion in seven European countries. The international collaboration includes Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Poland. The project develops a comparative framework to study prevalent motherhood and fatherhood norms, images, identities and behaviour in current societies. The focus is on how mothering and fathering is constructed by professionals, welfare states, and popular media, and will assess how cultural and institutional norms and images are perceived and realized by expecting and new parents. Apparent is a 5-year research program which started in January 2011.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Panel member. Expert for evaluation of proposals under an ERC Coordination and Support Action 2012

  • International Kanter Award Committee. Rosabeth Moss Kanter award for Excellence in Work-Family Research


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