Dr. Hannah Zagel

Profilbild Hannah Zagel
Anna Kluge


hannah.zagel [at] wzb.eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Visiting Researcher of the Completed Research Group

Research fields

Welfare State and Social Inequality | Reproduction and Family | Life Courses | Comparative policy analysis


02-07/2024 Visiting Researcher, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies Harvard University

Since 04/2022 Head of the Research Group "Varieties of Reproduction Regimes"

10/2021 - 03/2022 Interim professor of Microsociology, Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

10/2020-03/2021 Guest professor, Institute of Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

since 03/2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, Microsociology, Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin

03/2016 - 12/2019 Associated Researcher in the Research Group Demography and Inequality

05/2014 - 03/2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, Sociology, in particular Social Research Methods, Department of Socioeconomics, University of Hamburg

06/2015 - 09/2015 Visiting Researcher, Department of Education and Family, Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin)

02/2014 - 04/2014 Visiting Researcher, Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE), Yale University, USA

01/2013 - 04/2014 Postdoctoral Researcher, SFB 597 "Transformations of the State" and Zentrum für Sozialpolitik (ZeS), University of Bremen


Varieties of Reproduction Regimes: Institutions, Norms and Inequalities, 2022-2028, Emmy-Noether Research Group, Principal Investigator, WZB Berlin.

Household structures and economic risks during the COVID-19 pandemic in East and West Germany: Compensation or accumulation? (KOMPAKK), 2020-2021, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs‘ Support network for interdisciplinary social policy research (FIS) 2020-2021, Co-PI with Anette Fasang (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Emanuela Struffolino (Università degli Studi di Milano).

Selected Publications

Zagel, Hannah (2024): "Reproduction Policy as Life Course Policy. Normative Modelling of Reproductive Life Courses in Germany". In: Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, Vol. 70, No. 1, S. 31-53.
Fasang, Anette Eva/Struffolino, Emanuela/Zagel, Hannah (2023): "Household-level Prevalence and Poverty Penalties of Working in Non-teleworkable and Non-essential Occupations. Evidence from East and West Germany in 2019". In: Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, Vol. 69, No. 2, S. 85-117.
Nieuwenhuis, Rense/Zagel, Hannah (2023): "Housing Conditions of Single Mothers in Europe. The Role of Housing Policies". In: European Societies, Vol. 25, No. 2, S. 181-207. (vorab online publiziert 11.9.2022)
Zagel, Hannah/Van Lancker, Wim (2022): "Family Policies' Long-Term Effects on Poverty. A Comparative Analysis of Single and Partnered Mothers". In: Journal of European Social Policy, Vol. 32, No. 2, S. 166-181.
Zagel, Hannah/Van Winkle, Zachary (2022): "Women’s Family and Employment Life Courses Across Twentieth-Century Europe. The Role of Policies and Norms". In: Social Politics - International Studies in Gender, State & Society, Vol. 29, No. 2, S. 446-476. (vorab online publiziert 03.01.2020)

Zagel, Hannah, Sabine Hübgen, Rense Nieuwenhuis (2021): Diverging trends in single mother poverty across Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom: Toward a comprehensive explanatory framework, Social Forces, soab142, [Open Access].

Struffolino, E., Zagel, H. (2021): Limited Detraditionalization of Intimacy. Growing Socioeconomic Differences in Contraception at First Intercourse in Italy, Advances in Life Course Research.

Van Winkle, Z., Zagel, H. (2020): Women’s Family and Employment Life Courses Across Twentieth-Century Europe: The Role of Policies and Norms, Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society.

Lohmann, H., Zagel, H. (2020): Conceptualising State-Market-Family Relationships in Comparative Research: A Conceptual Goodness View on Defamilization”, Journal of Social Policy.