Institut für Sozialwissenschaften  (» Postanschrift)

A06 3-324 (» Adresse und Lageplan )

vorl.freie Zeit: Sprechstunde nach Vereinbarung (bitte schicken Sie mir eine E-Mail)

+49 441 798-4038  (F&P

Dr. Kai P. Willführ

Dr. Kai P. Willführ ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Sozialwissenschaft an der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg. Kai forscht interdisziplinär in Evolutionärer Anthropologie, Demografie und anderen Gebieten der quantitativen Sozialwissenschaften. Ein Forschungsschwerpunkt liegt hierbei auf Familiennetzwerken und wie diese historische und rezente Lebensverläufe beeinflussen.

Curriculum Vitae

Apr/2020 - today    Research Scientist at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany, Methods of Empirical Social Research

Mar/2019 - today    Guest researcher, Center for Economic Demography, Department of Economic History, University of Lund, Sweden

Oct/2019 - Mar/2020    Administration of the professorship for “Methods of Empirical Social Research” at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg (Germany) on an interim basis

Sep/2017 – Sep/2019    Research Scientist at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany, Methods of Empirical Social Research

Apr/2014 – Aug/2017    Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany. Laboratory of Population Health 

Jun/2015 – Mar/2015    Guest Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany.

Jun/2014 – Mar/2014    Associated member of the Institute for Philosophy, Justus‐Liebig‐University Giessen (JLU), Germany.

Jun/2014 – Sep/2014    Consultant for The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) 

Jun/2013 – May/2014     Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany. Laboratory of Evolutionary Biodemography

Nov/2010 – May/2013     Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany. Max Planck Research Group: Lifecourse Dynamics and Demographic Change 

May/2007 – Oct/2010     Research assistant at the ‘Center of Philosophy and Foundations of Science’, Justus‐Liebig‐University Giessen (JLU)

Oct/1998 – Jan/2005    Study of Biology at the Justus‐Liebig‐University Gießen (JLU) Areas of specialization: Bio‐Philosophy, Genetics, Plant physiology


Fachartikel (peer-reviewed)

XV - Willführ KP, Eriksson, B, Dribe, M (2021). The impact of kin proximity on net marital fertility and maternal survival in Sweden 1900–1910—Evidence for cooperative breeding in a societal context of nuclear families, or just contextual correlations? American Journal of Human Biology, e23609.

XIV - Pink KE, Willführ KP, Voland E, Puschmann P (2020) Effects of individual mortality experience on out of wedlock fertility in 18th and 19th century Krummhörn, Germany. Human Nature.

XIII - Willführ KP, van Dijk IK (2019) Another Helping - A Plea for an Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Role of Kin over the Life Course. Historická demografie 43:157-181.

XII - Johow J, Willführ KP, Voland E (2019) High consanguinity promotes intergenerational wealth concentration in socioeconomically privileged Krummhörn families of the 18th and 19th centuries. Evolution & Human Behavior 40: 204-213.

XI - Cody T. Ross, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Seung-Yun Oh, Samuel Bowles, Bret Beheim, John Bunce, Mark Caudell, Gregory Clark, Heidi Colleran, Carmen Cortez, Patricia Draper, Russell D. Greaves, Michael Gurven, Thomas Headland, Janet Headland, Kim Hill, Barry Hewlett, Hillard S. Kaplan, Jeremy Koster, Karen Kramer, Frank Marlowe, Richard McElreath, David Nolin, Marsha Quinlan, Robert Quinlan, Caissa Revilla-Minaya, Brooke Scelza, Ryan Schacht, Mary Shenk, Ray Uehara, Eckart Voland, Kai Willführ, Bruce Winterhalder, John Ziker (2018) Greater wealth inequality, less polygyny: rethinking the polygyny threshold model. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 15: 20180035. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2018.0035

X - Willführ KP, Johow J, Voland E (2018) When the mother-in-law is just as good—Differential mortality of reproductive females by family network composition. PLoS ONE 13(3):e0193252. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0193252

IX - Arslan RC, Willführ KP, Frans E, Verweij KJH, Bürkner P-C, Myrskylä M, Almqvist C, Zietsch BP, Penke L. (in 2017). Older fathers’ children have lower evolutionary fitness across four centuries and in four populations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences,284 (1862) doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.1562.

VIII - Voland E, Willführ KP (2016) Why does paternal death accelerate the transition to first marriage in the C18-C19 Krummhörn population? Evolution & Human Behavior.

VII - Fox J, Willführ KP, Gagnon A, Dillon L, Voland E (2016) The consequences of sibling formation on survival and reproductive success across different ecological contexts: A comparison of the historical Krummhörn and Quebec populations. The History of the Family. DOI:10.1080/1081602X.2016.1193551

VII - Willführ KP, Störmer C (2015) Long-term trends and short-term fluctuations in the reproductive behavior of landless agricultural workers, small farmers, and the economic elite in the historical Krummhörn region (East Frisia, Germany, 1720-1870) Historical Life Course Studies 2, 58-85.

V - Willführ KP, Myrskylä M (2014) Disease load at conception predicts survival in later epidemics in a historical French-Canadian cohort, suggesting functional trans-generational effects in humans. PLoS One 9:4, e93868-e93868.

IV - Willführ KP, Myrskylä M (2013) Phenotype-Environment Mismatch Due to Epigenetic Inheritance? Programming the Offspring’s Epigenome and the Consequences of Migration. American Journal of Human Biology 25(3):318-328.

III - Willführ KP, Gagnon A (2013) Are Step-parents Always Evil? Parental Death, Remarriage, and Child Survival in Demographically Saturated Krummhörn (1720-1859) and Expanding Québec (1670-1750). Biodemography & Social Biology 59(2):191-211.

II - Willführ KP, Gagnon A (2012) Are Stepmothers Evil or Simply Unskilled? Infant Death Clustering in Recomposed Families. Biodemography & Social Biology 58(2):149-61.

I - Willführ KP (2009) Short‐ and Long‐term Consequences of Early Parental Loss in the Historical Population of the Krummhörn. American Journal of Human Biology 21(4):488‐500.

Beiträge in Büchern und Sammelbänden

V - Schnettler S, Willführ KP(2019) Step-Parenting. In: Shackelford T., Weekes-Shackelford V. (eds) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_2301-1

IV - Willführ KP, Fox J, Voland E (in press) Historical family reconstitution databases as a valuable source in the study of kinship influences on demographic outcomes. Invited contribution to Human Evolutionary Demography edited by Rebecca Sear, Oskar Burger, Ron Lee

III - Willführ KP, Störmer C (2016) Crop prices and demographic outcomes - A critical re-evaluation of the proxy. In: Matthijs K, Hin SC, Kok J, Matsuo H (eds.) The future of historical demography: upside down and inside out. Acco: Leuven

II - Johow J, Voland E, Willführ KP (2013) Reproductive Strategies in Female Post-Generative Life. In: Fisher ML, Garcia JR, & Chang RS (eds.) Evolution's Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women. Oxford University Press: New York

I - Störmer C, Willführ KP (2010) Mortality Crises and Their Consequences for Human Life‐Histories. In: Frey U, Störmer C, Willführ KP (eds.) Homo novus. A Human without illusions. Springer: Heidelberg


Willführ KP (in prep) Kinship effects or affected kinship? - Differential mortality of reproductive females by family network composition

Willführ KP, Klüsener S (in prep) Contemporary Paternal Ages at Childbirth are Not Unprecedented.

Willführ KP & Preetz R (in prep) Investing until it is too late? – Does Life History Theory explain the maladaptive postponement of childbirth?


Frey U, Störmer C, Willführ KP (eds.) (2010) Essential building blocks of human nature. Contributors: Grammer K, Kappeler P, Krebs N, Mace R, Shenk M, Schmidt‐Salomon M, Sosis R, Purzycki B, Rösler F, Uhl M. Springer: Heidelberg

Frey U, Störmer C, Willführ KP (eds.) (2010) Homo novus. A Human without illusions. Contributors: Bayertz K, Chasiotis A, Dunbar R, Euler H, Fischer J, Kanitscheider B, Pradel J, Fetchenhauer D, Roth G, Sear R, Sommer V, Parish A, Vogel C & Vollmer G. Springer: Heidelberg

Sonstige Publikationen

Willführ KP, van Hedel K, Myrskylä M (2016) Eine Langzeitperspektive auf die Entwicklung sozialer Unterschiede bei der Lebenserwartung. MPIDR Forschungsbericht. DOI 10.17617/1.2N

Aktuelle Lehrveranstaltungen


Sommersemester 2021

(Stand: 09.06.2021)