Zachary Van Winkle

Assistant Professor of sociology at Sciences Po
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research interests and academic background

Zachary Van Winkle research revolves around individual and institutional factors that shape life courses and life course transitions as well as the consequences those life courses have for individuals in a comparative perspective.

He defended his doctoral dissertation on the complexity of family life courses in 20th century Europe and the United States in early October of 2018, which was awarded the best PhD thesis prize from the European Consortium for Sociological Research and the German Society for Demography.

Starting in September of 2015, he was employed as a pre-doctoral research fellow at the department of microsociology at the Humboldt University and the research group on demography and inequality at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. He was hosted by Stockholm University, Princeton University and the University of Amsterdam for research visits.

Up to 2020, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in sociology and social demography at the department of sociology and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford.

latest publications

  • 2023 (with Rob Gruijters & Anette Fasang), "Life Course Trajectories and Wealth Accumulation in the United States: Comparing Late Baby Boomers and Early Millennials", American Journal of Sociology, 2023, vol. 129,  n° 2, p. 530-569. Available on The University of Chicago Press Journals
  • 2023 (with Carla Rowold), "Cohort Change in Family Life Course Complexity of Adults and Children", In: Robert Schoen (ed.), The Demography of Transforming Families, Springer, p. 203-225, First Published 23 August. Available online on Springer Link.
  • 2022 (with Fangqi Wen), A Holistic Approach to Family Life Course Change across 1930-1978 Chinese Birth Cohorts, Population and Development Review, First Published, 20 March. Available online in Open Access
  • 2022 (with Bartholomew Konechni), "The Role of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions for the Mental Health Consequences of Widowhood during the COVID-19 Pandemic", SocArXiv Papers, September.  Available online in Open Access
  • 2022 (with Antonino Polizzi and Emanuela Struffolino), "Family demographic processes and in-work poverty: A systematic review", Advances in Life Course Research, vol. 52, 100462. Available on Elsevier or SOCArXiv (preprint)
  • 2022 (with Christiaan Monden), "Family Size and Parental Wealth: The Role of Family Transfers in Europe", European Journal of Population, vol. 38, n° 3, p. 401-428. Available on Springer Link (open access)
  • 2021 (with Emanuele Ferragina and Ettore Recchi), "The Unexpected Decline in Feelings of Depression among Adults Ages 50 and Older in 11 European Countries amid the COVID-19 Pandemic", Socius, vol. 7, First Published 10 August. Available in Open Access on Sage Journals
  • 2021 (with Dalton Conley), "Genome-Wide Heritability Estimates for Family Life Course Complexity", Demography, vol. 58, n° 4, p. 1575-1602. Paper in Open Access
  • 2021 (with Anette Fasang), "The complexity of employment and family life courses across 20th century Europe: More evidence for larger cross-national differences but little change across 1916‒1966 birth cohorts", Demographic Research, vol. 44, art. 32, p. 775-810. Available Online
  • 2021 (with Thomas Leopold), "Family size and economic wellbeing following divorce: The United States in comparative perspective", Social Science Research, vol. 96, 102541. Available Online on ScienceDirect
  • 2021 (with Tina Baier) "Does Parental Separation Lower Genetic Influences on Children's School Performance?", Journal of Marriage and Family, vol. 83, n° 3, p. 898-917. Wiley Online Library


WINDOW - ERC Starting Grant 2023-2028. A Social Demography of Widowhood across Ageing Societies.

WIDOW19 - Assessing the Individual and Societal Economic Consequences of Premature Widowhood following the Covid-19 Pandemic (ANR Résilience Covid19. July 2021-June 2022).

Collaborations internationales - International Collaborations

CRITEVENTS - Critical Life Events and the Dynamics of Inequality: Risk, Vulnerability, and Cumulative Disadvantage, NORFACE Network.

EQUALLIVES - Inequality, early adult life courses and economic outcomes at mid-life in comparative context,
NORFACE Network.

Responsabilités scientifiques - Scientific Responsabilities

  • Member of the Population Association of America, the European Population Association, the Sequence Analysis Association, and the German Society for Demography.
  • Journal of Family Research: Member of the editorial board.


the American Sociological Review, Demography, the Journal of Marriage and Family, the European Sociological Review, Social Forces, the European Journal of Population, the Journal of European Social Policy, Advances in Life Course Research, Acta Sociologica, Demographic Research, Population Studies, the Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, and SAGE Open

Article mis à jour le 20-11-2023
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