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 and reproductive rights , I investigate the intended and unintended consequences of China's recent shift toward a universal "two-child policy". I draw on over 110 original in-depth interviews collected in two Chinese metropolitan areas, national surveys, 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. 

Findings from the Project

Upcoming Presentation

  • “Paradoxical Autonomy”

    • American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York NY, August 2019.