Research

In most of my research, I deal with gender specific questions, even though my scholarly work is marked by a variety of focal points which are approached in an interdisciplinary perspective.

My research areas are:

– gender & family/couples

– gender & crime

– job-related spatial mobility & labor market

– social inequality & life course

– organizational culture

In my dissertation I dealt with job-related spatial mobility in combination with gender and social inequality, a purely interdisciplinary approach. The manuscript was published by Barbara Budrich, a well-known German publisher in the social sciences, and is titled:

Labor Market Requirement Job Mobility: The Crisis of Gender Equality?
Aspects of Social Inequality in Couples Against the Background of Job-Related Spatial Mobility

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I am currently working on the second manuscript. The topic has been with me for some time now, and I seek to explore the category of female serial killers from a sociological and cultural perspective. Here’s a very short excerpt:

„It will probably surprise many that the first documented serial killer in history was a female. Locusta, a woman born during the reign of Claudius in an outer province of Rome, well a century after Julius Caesar’s reign, was well acquainted with the herbal arts, and her service was in great demand in Rome during a time when its citizens were very engaged in acquiring wealth and social status. Many of the wealthy sought her expertise in making a death seem natural, and with great success she climbed the social ladder into the higher strata (Ramsland, 2005).
Serial killers fascinate and scare us. We choose to confront ourselves with them when we watch films in which they are the main characters or consume fictional literature about them. Then why do we know so little about female serial killers? Nobody but a handful of researchers from different disciplines pay close attention to them, among them well-known authors Peter Vronsky, Deborah Schurman-Kauflin, Katherine Ramsland, or Carol Anne Davis. Even the media, usually catching up fast with and exploiting novel trends in society, especially those related to violence, seem to mostly disregard this social phenomenon.“

 

 

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