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 how class and gender inequalities are interegenerationally transmitted within families. I devote special attention to how father’s domestic behaviors affect their children’s  gender expressions or cognitive abilities. Recently, I have also studied (a) how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting women’s concerns and well-being, and (b) the causal effect of poverty on child development. Empirically, I use a variety of techniques, primarily quantitative methods 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.  

Results of the research have been published in journals like European Sociological ReviewJournal of Marriage and Family, or Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, and I have recently co-edited a  book on fatherhood (in Spanish). Results of these studies were featured in outlets like The Economist, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, or El País

Previous work was awarded by the International Sociological 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


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