Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhofer, Prof., Dr. rer. soc., is full professor for Empirical Research Methods – Sociology at the University of Siegen. He received his training in Sociology and Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (Dipl.-Soz., 1979) and the University of Bielefeld (Dr. rer. soc., 1984, ‘Habilitation’ 1997). He worked as research scientist at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (1980-83), the University of Bielefeld (1983-85 and 1989-91), the Muenchner Projektgruppe fuer Sozialforschung (1986-1990) and the Psychiatric Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (1986-92) until he was awarded a grant to complete his ‘Habilitation’ degree (1992-94). He worked as an associate professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich from 1995 to 1999 before becoming full professor at the University of Leipzig (1999-2003) and at the University of Siegen (2003 till present). He was editor (articles) of the journal European Societies (1999-2001), is editor-in-chief of the ‘Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie’ since 2005 and co-editor of the ‘Zeitschrift für Soziologie’ (2007-2011). The fields in which he has published include social inequality and social stratification, unemployment, labor market policies, sociology of education, sociology of the family, research methods, poverty, sociology of law and deviant behavior. He has directed several research projects, among others a project on money, couples and individualization at the Special Research Unit ‘Reflexive Modernization’ (headed by Ulrich Beck) at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, a project on regional mobility in Germany and a project on the administration of labor market policy reforms in Germany.