Kathrin Leuze, Prof. Dr. rer. pol., born 1975, is full professor of education sociology at the Leibniz Universität Hannover since October 2012. From 2008 until 2012 she directed the research group "National Education Panel Study: Vocational Training and lifelong learning" at the Berlin Social Science Center and held an associate professorship of education sociology at the Free University of Berlin. Between 2003 and 2007 she was a PhD Fellow of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and worked as a Research Associate for the interdisciplinary research project International Education Politics, part of the Collaborative Research Centre 597 Transformations of the State, University of Bremen. She was granted her doctorate by the University of Bremen in 2007 for a comparative study of the transition from higher education to work in Britain and Germany. Kathrin Leuze wrote a monography on "Smooth path or long and winding road? How institutions shape the transition from higher education to work" (2010) and has published various articles in journals and edited volumes on the topics of occupational sex segregation, higher education-to-work transitions, and gender inequality in the labour market.