Steffen Hillmert, Prof. Dr., is Professor of Sociology with specialization in research methods and social stratification at the University of Tübingen. He studied sociology and related subjects at the Universities of Bamberg, Cambridge/UK and FU/HU Berlin and received his Ph.D. in sociology from Free University, Berlin. From 1996 to 2003, he was a doctoral research fellow and a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Center for Sociology and the Study of the Life Course. From 2003 to 2006, he was an assistant professor at the University of Bamberg. During the academic year 2005/06, he was John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. Research interests include issues of education; the life course; labor markets; social stratification; and the sociology of science. In the last few years, much of his research has focused on mutual relationships between life-course developments, institutions and structural changes in society. Associations between education, employment and social inequality have been of particular interest. Current projects focus on intergenerational social reproduction as well as regional variation and gender differences in educational attainment.