I am a PhD candidate in Public Policy (Sociology) at Duke University. I am also a Graduate Fellow at the Kenan Institute of Ethics, and a student affiliate at the Duke University Population Research Institute (DUPRI), Duke Network Analysis Center (DNAC), and the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. I received my Master of Arts in Economics at Duke University in 2017, Master of Philosophy in Social Sciences with a Demography concentration at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2014, and Bachelor of Law in Sociology at Tongji University in 2012.
As a sociologist-demographer, my research interests lie at the intersection of health and aging, marriage and family, and inequality. My work aims to improve the understanding of 1) how household contexts and marriage market conditions affect individual health in the long run; 2) the demographic and socioeconomic disparities in population health; 3) the pattern of inequality of opportunities; 4) how public policies affect household members' behaviors and well-being .
I am also a quantitative methodologist. I am particularly interested in developing and evaluating methods to model trajectories and life transitions in order to better understand how demographic and socioeconomic inequalities shape the health and well-being of individuals from life course perspectives. My ongoing work explores 1) Bayesian approaches to modeling group-based trajectories, incorporating Bayesian Model Averaging techniques; 2) Bayesian approaches to making multi-state life tables using high-dimensional survey data; 3) evaluations of Age-Period-Cohort (APC) models. My work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Demography, Social Science & Medicine, Sociological Science, Social Indicators Research, and International Journal of Epidemiology.