Academic Qualifications

1989Doctorate in Social Sciences [Dr. rer. soc.]
1980Theology Diploma [Dipl. theol.]
1976Intermediate philosophy examination [Philosophicum]
 Theology, German language and literature, philosophy, sociology and law studies at the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen
1974Humanistisches Gymnasium in Nuremberg, university entrance diploma [Abitur]

Professional Career

since 2013

Full Professor at the Sociology of Diversity Chair, Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences, Technical University of Munich


Visiting Professor at the National Pingtung University of Education (NPUE), Pingtung, Taiwan and the Taipei Municipal University of Education (TMUE), Taipei, Taiwan


Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich; since 3.2020 Guest status


Visiting Professor at the “Special Needs and Inclusive Education” Research Unit, Education and Development Section, Department of Education, Faculty of Philosophy and Education, Universität Wien, Austria


Full Professor at the Sociology of Rehabilitation Chair, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Technische Universität Dortmund


Development and Management of the Scientific Research Unit "Lifeworlds [Lebenswelten] of Persons with Disability" and the "Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on the Lifeworlds [Lebenswelten] of Persons with Disability" (Z.I.E.L.), Central Scientific Institute of the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen