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Katja Möhring

Visiting Scholar 2017-2018

Residency Dates: September 1 – December 31, 2017


Katja Möhring

Katja Möhring is Assistant Professor for Sociology of the Welfare State at the University of Mannheim since 2015. She leads the projects "Welfare State Support From Below" at the Collaborative Research Center, "Political Economy of Reforms" and "Women's Late Careers in Europe and the USA" at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES). In 2009, Katja Möhring graduated with a Diploma in Social Sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Cologne in 2013 with a dissertation on the relationship of employment histories and later life income and labor market participation in Europe. Before coming to Mannheim, she was postdoctoral researcher at the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy and at the Collaborative Research Center "Transformations of the State," both at the University of Bremen.

Katja's research interests are at the intersection of comparative welfare state research and life course sociology. She combines quantitative analyses of panel and life history data with policy analyses focusing on labor market, pensions, and gender inequality. During her stay at CES, Katja will work on a project on the implementation of and attitudes towards gender quotas in Europe with a case study on Germany.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Assistant Professor for Sociology of the Welfare State, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Visiting Scholar, CES, Harvard University


  • Katja Möhring, “Life course regimes in Europe: The structure of individual life courses in comparative perspective,” Journal of European Social Policy, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 124–139, 2016.
  • Katja Möhring and J. Bennett, “Cumulative (dis)advantage? The impact of labour market policies on late career employment from a life course perspective,” Journal of Social Policy, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 213–233, 2015.
  • Katja Möhring, “Employment histories and pension incomes in Europe: A multilevel analysis of the role of institutional factors,” European Societies, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 3–26, 2015.

Research Project

Citizens’ support for gender equality in leadership positions across Europe – historical roots of attitudes and affirmative action policies today



Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Welfare State Research
  • Life Course Sociology
  • Gender Inequality
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Aging and Pension Systems