Knut Petzold

Leibniz University Hannover
Institute of Sociology

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Sociology Section

knut.petzold (at)

Knut Petzold is a sociologist with expertise in social stratification, sociological action theory, and quantitative research methods. He is particularly interested in methodological issues in the social sciences with a specific focus on methods of causal inference and survey design. His current research interest covers topics including higher education and work, residential mobility and migration, ethnic discrimination, social norms, and the validation of survey experiments. He holds a diploma degree (with distinction) and a PhD (summa cum laude) in Sociology from the University of Leipzig and is currently admitted for Habilitation (postdoctoral dissertation) at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

At present, he is affiliated as Interim Professor at the Institute of Sociology of the Leibniz University Hannover and as Akademischer Rat a.Z. at the Sociology Section of the Ruhr University Bochum (excused in winter term 18/19).


New position: Interim Professor at the Chair of Sociology of Education, Leibniz University Hannover (winter term 18/19)

New article: Occupational Status Benefits of Studying Abroad and the Role of Occupational Specificity – A Propensity Score Matching Approach. Social Science Research, DOI 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.05.006 (together with Stine Waibel & Heiko Rüger)

New article: Fachspezifische Entscheidungen zum Auslandsstudium. Ein experimenteller Test der Wert-Erwartungstheorie. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft, DOI 10.1007/s11618-017-0788-5

New article: The Role of International Student Mobility in Hiring Decisions. A Vignette Experiment Among German Employers. Journal of Education and Work, DOI 10.1080/13639080.2017.1386775

Last update: October 2018