Prof. Heather Hofmeister, Ph.D.

Position: Principal Investigator


RISS Project No. 2: Intergenerational Transmission of Work- Family Trajectories in Germany

Role: Heather Hofmeister is the PI for Project 2 and specializes in paid and unpaid work, family, gender, inequalities, and the life course. She researches geographic mobility aspects of life course inequalities, gender within the family, the role of policy and culture on gendered careers, and transitions into and out of the labor market. Hofmeister has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative methods and years of experience managing projects.

About: Heather is Professor for the Sociology of Work in Frankfurt since 2011 and co-director of the Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations (CLBO). She arrived in Germany in 2002 with a Ph.D. from Cornell University (USA). After her postdoctoral positions in Bielefeld and Bamberg and before starting in Frankfurt, Heather became RWTH Aachen's first professor of Sociology specializing in Gender and Life course and served as Aachen's first female Pro-Rector.

Link to personal page at Goethe University

Link to external website

Twitter: @profheatherhof

Selected Publications:

Zinn, I., & Hofmeister, H. (2022). The gender order in action: consistent evidence from two distinct workplace settings.Journal of Gender Studies, 1-15. doi:10.1080/09589236.2022.2115019 Online Version

Cano, T., & Hofmeister, H. (2022). The intergenerational transmission of gender: Paternal influences on children's gender attitudes.Journal of Marriage and Family, n/a (n/a).doi: Online Version

Margaryan, A., & Hofmeister, H. (2021). The Life Course: An interdisciplinary framework for broadening the scope of research on crowdwork. Human Computation, 8(1), 43-75. doi: Online Version

Hofmeister, H. (2019). Gender and Work Using Figuration Theory: A Narrative Exercise to UnpackGender Inequalities and Conceptions of “Work".In S. Ernst & G. Becke (Eds.),Transformationen der Arbeitsgesellschaft: Prozess-und figurationstheoretische Beiträge (pp.81-104). Wiesbaden: Springer VS. Online Version

Hofmeister, H. (2019). Work Through a Gender Lens: More Work and More Sources of Meaningfulness. In R. Yeoman, C. Bailey, A. Madden, & M. Thompson (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work (pp. 302-326). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Online Version

Hofmeister, H. (2016). Gender and Science: A Trial. Women versus 16 other suspects guilty for causing women's underrepresentation in science careers. In N. Baur, C. Besio, M. Norkus, & G. Petschik (Eds.),Wissen–Organisation–Forschungspraxis. Der Makro-Meso-Mikro-Link in der Wissenschaft(pp. 626–670). Weinheim: Beltz-Juventa. Online Version

Hofmeister, H., & Baur, N. (2015). The Idealization of the 'New Father' and 'Reversed Roles Father' in Germany. Family Science,6(1), 1–16. Online Version

Hofmeister, H. (2015). Individualisation of the Life Course. International Social Science Journal, 62 (213), 279-90. Online Version

Viry, G., Hofmeister, H., & Widmer, E. D. (2013). Residential Trajectories in the Early Life Course and Their Effects. In R. Levy & E. D. Widmer (Eds.), Gendered Life Courses between Standardization and Individualization. A European Approach Applied to Switzerland (pp. 141–160). LIT Verlag. Online Version

Hofmeister, H., Baur. N., & Röhler, A. (2009).Versorgen oder Fürsorgen? Vorstellungen der Deutschen von den Aufgaben eines guten Vaters. In P. I. Villa & B. Thiessen (Eds.), Mütter-Väter: Diskurse, Medien, Praxen (pp. 194–212). Westfälisches Dampfboot. Online Version

Blossfeld, H., & Hofmeister, H. (2006). Globalization, Uncertainty and Women's Careers: An international Comparison. Edward Elgar. Online Version