Tomás Cano

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)


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Tempelhof, Berlin, 2017. 

Welcome to my website. I am assistant professor of sociology at the National University of Distance Education (UNED) in Madrid. Prior to this I was a postdoc at Goethe University of Frankfurt (Germany), and PhD candidate at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). I am affiliate to the Life Course Centre (Australia), Early Career Scholar of the Work & Family Research Network (United States), and fellow of the JQ Young Academy (Germany). I was visiting scholar at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW-Berlin), and Universities of Queensland, Cologne, and College of London.  

I study class and gender inequalities over time and across generations. In my PhD I analysed two channels through which parents (particularly fathers) transmit advantage to their children: time and emotional investments. Currently, I am working on several projects analysing how different patterns of demographic and work behavior affect family dynamics, child development, and social inequalities. Empirically, I use a variety of techniques, primarily quantitative methods for causal analysis and large scale datasets such as the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, the German Socio-Economic Panel or Time-Use Surveys.  I also have extensive experience using qualitative methods.  

My research has been published in journals like European Sociological Review or Journal of Marriage and Family and I have recently co-edited a book on fatherhood (in Spanish). Results of these studies were featured in outlets like The Economist. I am in the editorial board of Journal of Marriage and Family. 

Previous work was awarded by the International Sogiological Association, the Spanish Research Council, the Sociological Association of Madrid, Goethe-University of Frankfurt, and Pompeu Fabra University. These awards deserve a massive ‘thank you’ to  collaborators, mentors, and friends