How does the state exert control over individuals through family and population policies? What strategies do individuals adopt in order to differentially resist or comply with such control? With a focus on gender equity, reproductive rights and governance, I investigate the intended and unintended consequences of China's recent shift toward a universal "two-child policy". I draw on more than 120 original in-depth interviews collected in two Chinese metropolitan areas, and supplementary textual analysis of policy memos, briefs, and news articles and highlight the policy change's impacts on China's gender equity level and population structure. 


  • Zhou, Yun. 2018. “The Dual Demands: Gender Equity and Fertility Intentions After the One-Child Policy”, Journal of Contemporary China. [PDF]

  • Zhou, Yun. “Growing up with Working Mothers.” (Under review).

  • Zhou, Yun. “The Paradoxical Autonomy.” (Manuscript in preparation).

  • Zhou, Yun. “‘Making it Count’.” (Manuscript in preparation).

Selected Presentations (since 2015)

  • “The Dual Demands: Gender Equity and Fertility Intention After the One-Child Policy”

    • Workshop on Confronting a Grey Society, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, August 2017.

    • Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Denver CO, April 2018.

    • American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA , August 2018.

  • “The ‘Problem’ of (Low) Fertility: State Engineering and Reproductive Governance in China”

    • Invited Lecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, November 2018.