I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia and will graduate in May 2022.

My research interests lie in social stratification, sociology of education, higher education, Asia and Asian America, China, quantitative methods, and computational social science. My research is motivated by two overarching questions: (1) How do national and institutional contexts shape social stratification processes? (2) How do class, gender, and/or race/ethnicity intersect to shape educational inequality?

Using statistical and computational methods, I have been pursuing three interrelated research streams. The first research stream uses the unique context of China to extend stratification theories and provide policy implications to reduce social inequality. The second research stream provides new insights into understanding class and gender inequality in higher education in the U.S. through comparing Asian Americans with other racial/ethnic groups. The third stream is a collaborative project with a research team focusing on inequality in U.S. graduate education and its consequences for labor market outcomes.

My recent research has been published in Social Science Research, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

Please feel free to contact me at yw6zd@virginia.edu if you would like to know more information.