Institute of Sociology

Helen Law, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher with focus on microsociology

Postal address

Department of Sociology
Wilhelmstr. 36 (Hegelbau), room 104
72074 Tübingen



Office hours: by appointment

Helen Law is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Sociology. She completed her PhD in sociology at the Australian National University. In her dissertation, she adopts a life course perspective and draws on the theories of gender stratification and educational psychology to examine why engagement in advanced mathematics and related disciplines are strongly segregated by gender in Australia. Her doctoral research was supported by the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship from the Australian Government, the University Research Scholarship from the Australian National University and a PhD top-up scholarship provided by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.


Research interests
  • Gender differences in educational and occupational choices
  • Educational inequalities
  • Quantitative methods

Her current project with Professor Pia Schober is entitled: "Understanding the impact of parental occupation on gender differences in field of study choice in Germany” and is funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowship from the European Commission.

Description of the current research project