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Hans-Peter Blossfeld joined the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, as Professor and Chair of Sociology in September 2012. He is Professor and Chair of Sociology I at Bamberg University since 2002, where he is on leave since Sept. 2012. Up to his appointment at the EUI, he directed the State Institute for Family Research (IFB) at Bamberg University (2003-2012) and the Institute of Longitudinal Studies in Education (INBIL) (2008-2012). 2006-2012 Blossfeld conceptualized, founded and then directed the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), supported by a 95 Mio. euro grant from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany.
Blossfeld was born 1954 in Munich, Germany, and received his Diplom studying sociology, economics, social statistics and computer science at the University of Regensburg (Dipl.-Soz., 1980), his Doctor in economics from the University of Mannheim (Dr. rer. pol., 1984), and his Habilitation in sociology from the Free University of Berlin (Venia Legendi, 1987). He worked as Research Scientist at the University of Mannheim (1980-1984) and as Senior Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin (1984-1992), where he was on leave 1988-1992. In the academic year 1988-1989 he was Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Wassenaar, the Netherlands. 1989-1992 he was Professor of Sociology and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, 1992-1998 Professor and Chair of Social Statistics and Sociological Research Methods at the University of Bremen, and 1998-2002 Professor and Chair of Theory and Empirical Analysis of Social Structures and Economic Systems at Bielefeld University.
Blossfeld has also taught and held visiting positions at Harvard and Cornell University, the Nuffield College in Oxford, and the University of Southampton, the Universities of Haifa and Tel Aviv, the Karl-Franzens University in Graz and the University of Vienna, the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, the Université de Genève, the Universities of Utrecht, Nijmegen, and Groningen, the Universities of Trento and Torino, the Université de Montréal, and the State University in St. Petersburg.
Blossfeld received the Honorary Doctor from Tallinn University, Estonia, in 2010 and the “Honorary Badge with Ribbon” from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia in 2011. In 2012 he was appointed IAB Research Fellow by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the Research Institute of the Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg, Germany, and ROA Fellow by the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
Blossfeld is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) in Germany (since 2005), the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW) (since 2007), the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (BAW) (since 2008), and the European Academy of Sociology (since 2000). 2004-2009 he was the Chairman of the European Consortium of Sociological Research (ECSR).
1990-2012 Blossfeld was Editor-in-Chief of the European Sociological Review (ESR) and 2003-2012 Editor-in-Chief of the Zeitschrift für Familienforschung (ZfF) (Journal of Family Research). Currently, he is Co-Editor of International Sociology (IS) and the Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft (ZfE) (Journal for Educational Research). He serves on the scientific advisory board of the Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie (KZfSS), the Zeitschrift für Soziologie (ZfS), the journal Studies of Transition States and Societies (STSS), the journal Društvena istraživanja.Časopis za opća društvena pitanja (Journal for General Social Studies), The Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology (JSSA) and the journal Revista Sociologia.
Blossfeld has published 35 books and over 240 articles on life course research, social inequality, youth, family, and educational sociology, labor market research, demography, social stratification and mobility, the modern methods of quantitative social research and statistical methods for longitudinal data analysis – which have been cited about 13,000 times (H-Index = 49; I10-Index = 138; Google Scholar, Nov. 2012).