Welcome!

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I am Assistant Professor of Sociology and Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. As a social demographer and family sociologist, my research examines social inequality through the lens of marriage and family.  

My primary interests include gender, fertility, union formation, politics of reproduction, and innovative methods. My work combines statistical analysis of survey data, original in-depth interviews, and agent-based computational modeling. Under the Research tab, you will find my current projects and recent publications. 

I received my BA in Urdu Literature from Peking University, China, in 2011, and my PhD in Sociology from Harvard University in 2017. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor in 2019, I was Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Studies (2017-2019) at the Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University. 


Listen to my discussion of China’s gender inequality in a recent episode of CSCC Podcast, produced by the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania.

Read about my reflection on being a rape crisis hotline counselor with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center in Boston.com.