Nicole Kapelle

Nicole Kapelle

Postdoctoral Researcher in Sociology and Social Demography


I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Oxford University, working on the FamSizeMatters project. In this project, I investigate how family size affects the (re)production of social inequalities.

I obtained my PhD in Sociology at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland, Australia, on 9th November 2020. My thesis “May your wealth be easily divisible by two” examined the association between marital dissolution and men’s and women’s wealth using a life course perspective. Prior to joining the Department of Sociology at Oxford University, I also held positions as Research Fellow at Humboldt University Berlin (2018-2021) and at University of Cologne (2017-2018).

Using predominantly household panel survey data and longitudinal data analysis methods, my research focuses on the causes and consequences of social inequalities over and between life courses of individuals with a particular focus on economic wellbeing, gender, and the family.

My research has been published in journals such as European Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, or International Journal of Social Research Methodology.

Research Areas: 

  • Family Dynamics
  • Gender Practices in Households
  • Life Course and Human Development
  • Economic Inequalities, and particularly Wealth Stratification
  • Quantitative Methods