Michaela Kreyenfeld is Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School. Her research focuses on family sociology and family demography. 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. She is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, executive board member of the German Society of Demography (DGD), editorial board member of Comparative Population Studies, advisory board member at the German Institute for Population Research (BiB) and at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) as well as member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Family Issues of the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.