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Alexander Schmidt-Catran, born 1983, is Professor for Sociology with a main emphasis on methods of quantitative social research at the Department of Social Sciences of the Goethe University Frankfurt. Previously, he held the professorship for Sociology of the Welfare State at the University of Mannheim. During his doctorate and postdoc phase, he held a position as a research associate and academic councilor at the chair of empirical social and economic research at the University of Cologne.

Alexander Schmidt-Catran studied social sciences at the University of Cologne. He completed his doctoral thesis on attitudes to the welfare state and the redistribution of income as well as the statistical analysis of context effects within the DFG-funded graduate program SOCLIFE (Social Order and Life Chances). As a postdoc, he dealt primarily with the effects of migration and migration-critical attitudes on income redistribution attitudes. He was a visiting scholar at the Universities of Umea in Sweden, Tilburg in the Netherlands, Bristol in the United Kingdom and the German Institute for Economics in Berlin. In 2017, Alexander Schmidt-Catran was awarded the Hans Kelsen Young Talent Prize for his scientific work, which honors him as the best young scientist in the faculties of economics, social sciences and law at the University of Cologne.

His research interests include social inequality, migration, welfare states, and statistical modeling of longitudinal and multilevel data. In teaching, Alexander Schmidt-Catran at the Goethe University devotes himself to the basic statistics training of social scientists and social scientists.