Prof. Pia S. Schober, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, with focus on microsociology.


Postal adress:



Institut für Soziologie, Wilhelmstr. 36 (Hegelbau)
Zimmer 108
72074 Tübingen


+49 7071 29-73462




+49 7071 29-4216


Svitlana Benz


Office Hours: appointments via Pia Schober


Since 2016, Pia Schober has taken over the Chair of Microsociology. From 2012 to 2016, Pia Schober was a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Education and Family at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and she remains associated with the DIW Berlin as a Research Fellow. Previously, she held two postdoctoral research fellowships funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and by the British Academy and was based at the Department of Sociology at University of Cambridge (2009-2012). In 2009, she completed a Ph.D. in Social Policy at the London School of Economics.


Research interests

•    Social and gender inequalities in child care, education, and child development

•    Gender division of labour and work-family balance

•    Demographic processes of family formation and dissolution

•    Family policy and early childhood education and care policy

•    Quantitative methods


Current research projects

•  GENSEG - Understanding the impact of parental gender differences in field of study choice in Germany (Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship, European Commission)

Sex hormones, childhood socialisation and gendered development of abilities and personality (Intramural Research Grant of the LEAD Graduate School)

State and company-level work-family reconciliation policies and maternal employment. An analysis from a capability approach perspective


Previous projects

•    Early childhood education and care quality in the Socio-Economic Panel (K2iD-SOEP)


•    Early childhood education and care quality and child development: an extension study of twins (K2iD-Twins)


Current PhD students

•    Juliane Stahl (DIW Berlin and International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course)
•    Gundula Zoch (Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Bamberg)
•    Karoline Mikus (LEAD Graduate School, University of Tübingen)
•    Isabelle Fischer (LEAD Graduate School, University of Tübingen)

•    Luisa Streckenbach (German Youth Institute, Munich)


Teaching topics

•    Analysis of social structure and change
•    Family sociology
•    Sociology of education
•    Gender, demography and welfare state
•    Quantitative longitudinal data analysis
•    Quantitative methods of policy and programme evaluation

Thesis Supervision

To discuss possible supervision of master and Bachelor thesis in Sociology, students should come to the first session of the colloquium in the respective semester or make an office hour appointment with Svitlana Benz ( A list of rough suggestions for thesis topics which currently are of particular interest to team members of the chair of microsociology can be found here.  An overview of formal requirements for registration, submission and format of theses can be downloaded here. Students are required to download and include with their thesis a signed declaration of originality (Eigenständigkeitserklärung) either in English or German.