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Before joining GESIS in December 2015, Sebastian worked as a research associate at the LIfBi — Leibniz-Institute for Educational Trajectories, at the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), and in his own BMBF-funded project on "Discrimination in Education: Micro Mechanisms and Macro Determinants".

From 2003 to 2009 he studied Social Sciences (Sociology, Social Psychology, Statistics, Educational Psychology) at the University of Mannheim (Germany) and Indiana University Bloomington (USA).

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Sebastian is scientific coordinator of both the GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology and the Spring Seminar.

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In his research, Sebastian is concerned with different questions from fields and areas that include: sociology of education, discrimination, stereotypes and prejudice, theories of action, analytical sociology, quantitative methods and methodology, philosophy of science. In his dissertation he makes methodological and theoretical contributions and uses observational and experimental data to provide new empirical evidence on discrimination in German education.

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Journal article

Hoenig, Kerstin, and Sebastian E. Wenz. 2020. "Education, health behavior, and working conditions during the pandemic: evidence from a German sample." European Societies. doi:

Wenz, Sebastian E., and Kerstin Hoenig. 2020. "Ethnic and Social Class Discrimination in Education: Experimental Evidence from Germany." Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 65 100461. doi:

Wenz, Sebastian E.. 2019. "What Quantile Regression Does and Doesn't Do: A Commentary on Petscher & Logan (2014)." Child Development 90 (4): 1442-1452. doi:

Wenz, Sebastian E., and Tobias Linberg. 2017. "Ausmaß und Verteilung sozioökonomischer und migrationsspezifischer Ungleichheiten im Sprachstand fünfjähriger Kindergartenkinder." Journal for Educational Research Online 9 (1): 77-98.

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Contribution to edited volume

Berendes, Karin, Doreen Fey, Tobias Linberg, Sebastian E. Wenz, Hans-Günther Roßbach, Thorsten Schneider, and Sabine Weinert. 2011. "13 Kindergarten and Elementary School." In Education as a Lifelong Process: The German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Hans-Günther Roßbach, and Jutta von Maurice, Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft. Special Issue 14, 203-216. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. doi:

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Wenz, Sebastian E.. 2020. Discrimination in Education: Methodology, Theory, and Empirics of Teachers' Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discriminatory Behavior. GESIS Scientific Series 26. Cologne: GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. doi:

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Working and discussion paper

Wenz, Sebastian E., Melanie Olczyk, and Georg Lorenz. 2016. Measuring Teachers' Stereotypes in the NEPS. NEPS Survey Papers 3. Bamberg: Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories.


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Conference contribution

Wenz, Sebastian E.. 2018. "Poster: Useful and not so Useful Definitions of Discrimination by Human and Non-Human Decision Makers." 2nd European Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science: Bias and Discrimination.