My Goal: Using Sociology and common sense to identify new paths to a better world of paid work and a more humane place for paid work in the life course.

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Sociology | Work, Gender and Life Course Research

About Heather Hofmeister

Heather Hofmeister, American, is Professor for the Sociology of Work at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt in the Faculty of Social Sciences and a co-director of the Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations (CLBO). She served as Vice-Rector of Human Resources Management and Development at RWTH Aachen University between 2008 and 2011 as the first woman in the Rectorate in the history of the university. Between 2007 and 2011 she held a professorship of Sociology with the specialty in Gender and Life Course Research at RWTH Aachen University. She obtained her Ph.D. from Cornell University (New York, USA) in 2002 and has also taught and researched at Ithaca College, Bielefeld University, and Bamberg University. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Technical University of Munich Institute for Advanced Studies (TUM-IAS) and on the Advisory Council of the Hertie Foundation Work and Family Division. She also serves as a Board member of the University Council at the Otto-Friederich-University in Bamberg, Germany.

In research and teaching, Hofmeister specializes in contemporary themes in the sociology of work, life course and gender. She sets a priority on applying research into policy and practice. Hofmeister cooperates with communities, firms, local and national organizations, universities, and EU partners to improve the performance and success of organizations by successfully applying research findings to solve human resource challenges. Her passion is to help individuals navigate contemporary challenges around work, family, home, dreams, and life.

Hofmeister’s open, congenial style combined with her ability gently to challenge her listeners through thought-provoking questions has endeared her to students, employees, and opinion-leaders throughout Europe and North America. Her international comparative expertise in the areas of work, family, gender, leadership, and science has brought international press attention, and she is a sought-after interview partner.

Research Interests

  • Life Course Research
  • International Comparative Research
  • Sociology of Work
  • Gender
  • Social Structure
  • Social Inequality
  • Sociological Methods
  • Community and Urban Sociology