Stephanie Beyer is currently a visiting scholar in the Center For Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley. She is also a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Bamberg, Germany. In her thesis entitled "Transformation of Higher Education Systems: A Comparison of the University Systems and Academic Career Paths in the USA and Germany", she is analyzing the consequences of the changing university systems (especially after budget cuts and increasing competition) in Germany and the US as well as its consequences on scientific careers.
During her stay at CSHE she is conducting further interviews to learn more about researchers’ career trajectories within US higher education. She is examining how departmental prestige affects academics' views on their careers as well their perception on autonomy within academia. Moreover Stephanie is interested in Pierre Bourdieu's field theory, multiple correspondence analysis as well as the combination of quantitative and qualitative methods.