Dr. Jana Heinz
Post-Doc at the Friedrich Schiedel Endowed Chair of Sociology of Science, Technical University of Munich


Studied English literature & language and German as a foreign language at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (M.A., 1996), Oxford Brooks University, Great Britain (Diploma in Advanced Study, 1993) and at Université Nr. X Nanterre-Paris, France (Licence d’Etudes Franco-Allemande, 1995). Research assistant at the chair of general and theoretical sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Ph.D., 2006). Post-doc at the chair of pedagogical psychology at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, the chair of teaching and learning research, and chair of sociology of science, Technische Universität München.

Main Research

  • International comparative sociology of education
  • Politics of Participation
  • Reproduction of social inequality in families and education

Teaching - Main Focus

  • Sociologies of education
  • Theories in sociology
  • Qualitative and quantitative empirical methods


  • European Sociological Association (ESA
  • Research Network 10 – Sociology of Education
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)
  • Sektion Bildung und Erziehung
  • Munich Institute for Social and Sustainability Research

Publications (Selection)

  • Heinz, Jana (2016): Digital Skills and the Influence of Students’ Socio-Economic Background. An Exploratory Study in German Elementary Schools. In: Italian Journal of Sociology of Education. 8 (2), S. 186–212. DOI: 10.14658/pupj.
  • Heinz, Jana; Enghag, Margareta; Stuchlikova, Iva; Cakmakci, Gultekin; Peleg, Ran; Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet (2016): Impact of initiatives to implement science inquiry: a comparative study of the Turkish, Israeli, Swedish and Czech science education systems. In: Cultural Studies of Science Education 11, S. 1–32. DOI: 10.1007/s11422-015-9704-6.
  • Heinz, Jana; Brand, Karl-Werner (2015): Schulische Defizite und bürgerschaftliches Engagement. In: Leviathan 43 (4), S. 593–615. DOI: 10.5771/0340-0425-2015-4-593.
  • Heinz, Jana; Jochum, Georg (2014): The emergence and development of the German dual vocational system: Between crises and praises. In: Ammatillista opettajankoulutusta (Vocational Teacher Education) (4), S. 9–27.