Michaela Kreyenfeld is Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance. She also serves as PhD Director at the Hertie School. Her research focuses on family behaviour, life course analysis, social policy and migration. Until 2016, she led the research group Life Course, Social Policy, and the Family at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock. Between 2005 and 2012, she was a Junior Professor of Demography at Rostock University. Kreyenfeld is on the board of the German Society of Demography (DGD) and is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Family Research and of Comparative Population Studies. She is a member of the Expert Commission on Demography of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for Family Issues of the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. She serves on the Expert Commission for Population Projections of the Federal Statistical Office Germany. She studied social science at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Rostock in 2002.