Prof. Felix Elwert, Ph.D.

Portrait Foto Prof. Felix Elwert, Ph.D. (David Ausserhofer)
David Ausserhofer


felwert [at]
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Sociology

Former Visiting Researcher of the Research Unit
Former Head of the Completed Research Unit

Research fields

Social Inequality | Social Demography | Methods of Causal Inference


09 2015 - 08 2016 Acting Director of the research unit “Inequality and Social Policy”, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany

2014 – 2015 Karl W. Deutsch Visiting Professor, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany

since 2013 Associate Professor (Affiliated) of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

since 2012 Vilas Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2007 – 2012 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

2007 Ph.D. in Sociology, Harvard University

2006 A.M. in Statistics, Harvard University

1999 M.A. in Sociology, New School for Social Research, USA

1997 Vordiplom in Sociology, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Selected Publications

Wodtke, Geoffrey T., David J. Harding, and Felix Elwert (2016): "Neighborhood Effect Heterogeneity by Family Income and Developmental Period". In: American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 121, No. 4, pp. 1168-1222.

Elwert, Felix/Winship, Christopher (2014): "Endogenous Selection Bias: The Problem of Conditioning on a Collider Variable". In: Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 40, S. 31-53.

O’Malley, James A./Elwert, Felix/Rosenquist, Niels/Zaslavsky, Alan M./Christakis, Nicholas A. (2014): "Estimating Peer Effects in Longitudinal Dyadic Data Using Instrumental Variables". In: Biometrics, Vol. 70, No. 3, S. 506-515.

Elwert, Felix (2013): "Graphical Causal Models". In: Stephen L. Morgang (Ed.): Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research. Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media, S. 245-274.

Sharkey, Patrick/Elwert, Felix (2011): "The Legacy of Disadvantage: Multigenerational Neighborhood Effects on Cognitive Ability". In: American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 116, No. 6, S. 1934-81.

Wodtke, Geoffrey T./ Harding, David J./Elwert, Felix ( 2011): "Neighborhood Effects in Temporal Perspective: The Impact of Long-Term Exposureto Concentrated Disadvantage on High School Graduation". In: American Sociological Review, Vol. 76, No. 5, S. 713-736.

Jin, Lei/Elwert, Felix/Freese, Jeremy/Christakis, Nicholas A. (2010): "Preliminary Evidence Regarding the Hypothesis That the Sex Ratio at Sexual Maturity May Affect Longevity in Men". In: Demography, Vol. 47, No. 3, S. 579-586.

Elwert, Felix/Christakis, Nicholas A. (2008): "Wives and Ex-Wives: A New Test for Homogamy Bias in the Widowhood Effect". In: Demography, Vol. 45, No. 4, S. 851-873.

Elwert, Felix/Christakis, Nicholas A. (2006): "Widowhood and Race". In: American Sociological Review, Vol. 71, No. 1, S. 16-41.