About Tilo Beckers:

Tilo Beckers is Senior Research Associate (“Akademischer Oberrat auf Zeit”) in Sociology and Research Methods at the University of Düsseldorf.

Tilo has studied at the University of Düsseldorf (MA 1999) and at the New School for Social Research (New York City). Thereafter, he has been a research assistant and lecturer at the University of Cologne and accomplished his PhD (2008) with a thesis on "Homosexuality and Human Development. Genesis, Structure and Change of Attitudes Towards Same-Sex Sexual Contacts in a Cross-National Contextual Analysis" (in German).

His postdoc study at the University of Cologne has been published as a book chapter on "Islam and the Acceptance of Homosexuality: the Shortage of Socio-Economic Well-being and Responsive Democracy" (in: Samar Habib (ed.) 2009: Homosexuality and Islam. Praeger). In the summer term 2010, he has been on leave as an interim professor (W2) for "Methods of Empirical Research and Social Stratification" at the University of Osnabrück, Germany.

Tilo’s current substantial research focuses on biopolitics and attitudes towards beginning- and end-of-life issues. His methodological research is closely linked to issues of cross-national comparison, the analysis of social change and multilevel analysis.

At the Department of Social Sciences, he offers lectures in methods and statistics, BA courses in Sociological Theory, Religion, Biopolitics, Boundaries of Life, Sexuality and Gender, Family and the Life Course, as well as BA and MA courses in applied and advanced multivariate quantitative methods.