Tomás Cano

Sociologist, University of Frankfurt 


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Tempelhof, Berlin, 2017. 

Welcome to my website. I am research scientist at Goethe University of Frankfurt (Germany), affiliate to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (Australia) and Early Career Scholar 2020-2021 of the Work & Family Research Network (United States). In 2020, I’ve been  awarded a JQ Young Academy Fellowship. Previously, I worked as a PhD candidate at DemoSoc Research Unit (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona), and was visiting scholar at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW-Berlin), and Universities of Queensland, Cologne, and College of London. Starting in October 2021, I will be Assistant Professor of Sociology at the National University of Distance Education (UNED) in Madrid.

My research focuses on the study of 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. Most recently, I used computational, mixed 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 part of the editorial board of Journal of Marriage and Family and I’ve been reviwer for journals like American Sociological Review or Social Forces, among  others. My research 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 this network of collaborators, mentors, and friends