I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Utrecht University and an affiliated researcher at the University of Oxford and KU Leuven. I completed my Ph.D. in economics in 2019 at KU Leuven after which I was a postdoctoral researcher in sociology and social demography at the University of Oxford. In my spare time, I am an Associate Editor of Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (IF: 2.731; 37/111 Interdisc. Soc. Sci.), and on the Editorial Board of Sociology (IF: 3.371, 33/150 Sociology).

My research is situated at the intersection of sociology of education and the sociology of the family. I am particularly interested in the role of school and family environment in the development of children’s outcomes. I received the 2021 James Coleman Best Education Article Award and the 2022 Family Article of the Year Award from the American Sociological Association, as well as the 2022 Prize for Best Article from the European Academy of Sociology for my research about children with same-sex parents. I am currently working on the following papers:

Nontraditional families

Fertility Outcomes of Children with Divorced Parents: Evidence from Population Data.
Silvia Palmaccio, Deni Mazrekaj, and Kristof De Witte
Reject and Resubmit. American Sociological Review.
IF: 12.444; 2/150 Sociology.

Mental Health of Children with Gender and Sexual Minority Parents: A Review and Future Directions
Deni Mazrekaj and Yuxuan Jin
Revise and Resubmit. Humanities & Social Sciences Communications.
2.731; 37/111 Interdisc. Soc. Sci.

Early Labor Market Outcomes of Children in Same-Sex Families: Evidence from Population Data.
Silvia Palmaccio, Deni Mazrekaj, and Kristof De Witte

Doing Genders: Analyzing Labor Market Behavior of Individuals with Both Male and Female Partners Using Administrative Panel Data
Eva Jaspers, Deni Mazrekaj, and Weverthon Machado

School dropout

The Effect of Funding for Disadvantaged Students on Academic Underachievement
Oleg Badunenko, Deni Mazrekaj, Kristof De Witte, and Subal C. Kumbhakar
Revise and Resubmit. npj Science of Learning.
IF: 5.513; 21/270 Edu. & Edu. Res.; 8/91 Exp. Psy.; 75/275 Neurosci.

Do Children Perform Better in Religious Schools? Evidence from Population Data.
Deni Mazrekaj and Christiaan Monden

Does a High School Diploma Matter? Evidence Using Regression Discontinuity Design.
Deni Mazrekaj and Sofie Cabus


Is Price Personalization Ethical? The Disutility of Unfairness Perception and Surveillance Aversion.
Deni Mazrekaj, Mark D. Verhagen, Ajay Kumar, and Daniel Muzio
Revise and Resubmit 2. Journal of Business Ethics.
IF: 6.331; 2/56 Ethics; 54/154 Business.

Identifying Politically Connected Firms: A Machine Learning Approach.
Deni Mazrekaj, Fritz Schiltz, and Vitezslav Titl
Revise and Resubmit. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.
IF: 2.518; 20/53 Soc. Sci., Math. Methods; 152/379 Econ.

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