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Asta Breinholt Københavns Universitet Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet Fællessekretariatet Antropologi og Sociologi

My research addresses the consequences and reproduction of social inequality. Specifically, I study the mechanisms through which inequalities in parents’ socioeconomic resources translate into inequalities in parenting and children’s educational performance.

My work can be categorized into two programs: (1) the role of parenting in the process of the intergenerational transmission of education, and (2) the interplay between genetic makeup, parents’ socioeconomic resources, parenting practices, and children’s outcomes. My research draws on multiple disciplines beyond sociology including economics, psychology, and genetics.

Empirically, I use quantitative methods for causal analysis and large-scale data sets such as Danish register data, the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Kindergarten Cohort, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Children and Young Adults, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and the Danish Longitudinal Survey of Children.

I earned my Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Copenhagen in 2018. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan, funded by an International Postdoc grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark won in competition.

In September 2020, I will begin as an Assistant Professor in Social Studies at Roskilde University, the Department of Social Sciences and Business (