LEAD Graduate School & Research Network

Karoline Mikus, M.A.

Research Interest

I am interested in the mechanisms behind educational upward mobility. My research examines why some children manage to thrive in education although they are coming from families with a low socioeconomic status. Particularly, I am interested in the relative importance of family and child characteristics in the process of upward mobility. The orientation of my research project is very interdisciplinary: I draw on research from sociology, psychology and educational sciences. Methodologically, my research is primarily quantitative in nature.

The LEAD Graduate School and Research Network provides me the perfect surrounding for my interdisciplinary oriented PhD project. I enjoy the scientific diversity and expertise of the LEAD Graduate School and Research Network members. The atmosphere is very supportive and supervisors are met very regularly. Further, I appreciate that the structured programs allows you to stay focused and to present your research to each other in regular intervals.

Intersection 5: Education, Life Course Development and Social Disparities
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Pia Schober, Dr. Nicole Tieben

Curriculum Vitae

Since 10/2018

Associated PhD Candidate at the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network, University of Tübingen

Since 10/2018

Doctoral Student at the Department of Sociology, University of Tübingen

10/2015-10/2018 PhD Candidate at the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network, University of Tübingen (Germany)
09/2013–07/2015 Master of Arts in Sociology, University of Mannheim (Germany)
09/2014–05/2015 Student Research Assistant, University of Mannheim (Germany) Department of Social Sciences, Chair of Microsociology and Social Psychology, Prof. Dr. Herbert Bless, Supervisor: Dipl.-Psych. Julia Engel
09/2013–05/2014 Exchange Year, Indiana University, Bloomington (USA)
05/2013–08/2013 Research Intern, University of Kingston, London (England)
Department of Psychology, School of Sociology, Criminology and Psychology, Supervisor: Dr. Gaëlle Villejoubert
09/2009–07-2012 Bachelor of Arts Sociology (Major) Educational Sciences (Minor), University of Mannheim (Germany)
09/2011–01/2012 Exchange Semester, University of Bern (Switzerland)

03/2012–07/2012

09/2010–05/2011

Student Research Assistant, University of Mannheim (Germany) Department of Social Sciences, Chair of Microsociology and Social Psychology, Prof. Dr. Herbert Bless, Supervisor: Dr. Sabine G. Scholl