Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Sociology of Social Policy

Welcome to Dr. Emanuela Struffolino

Philipp Lersch will be on parental leave from the 22th of September 2020 until the 21st of March 2021. We wish him all the best and a wonderful time. Also, we are happy to announce that he will be substituted by Emanuela Struffolino who will complement our research group's interesting research and teaching. She will be introducing herself in the following:




I am currently guest Professor of Social Policy (W2 Vertretungsprofessur) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Social Sciences. Between April and September 2020, I was guest Professor of Macrosociology (W3 Vertretungsprofessur) at the Institute of Sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin.

I am long-term guest researcher at the research unit “Skill Formation and Labor Markets" at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Between 2015 and 2019 I was a postdoctoral fellow at research group “Demography and Inequality" Research Group at the WZB. I obtained my PhD in Sociology at the University of Milano-Bicocca and worked as research fellow at the Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research “LIVES - Overcoming vulnerability: A life-course perspective" at the University of Lausanne.

My research interests include life-course sociology, gender inequalities in the labor market, social stratification dynamics, poverty, and methods for longitudinal data. I am a member of the Executive Board of the SAA-Sequence Analysis Association (

You can find more information on my ongoing projects and publication at