Research Interests: Sociology, Quantitative Methodology, Social Stratification and Mobility, Contemporary Chinese Society.

Xiang Zhou is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. His research focuses on quantitative methodology, social stratification and mobility, and contemporary Chinese society. He has published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Social Forces, Sociological Methodology, Sociological Research and Methods, and China Economic Review. Before coming to Harvard, Zhou worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. He received a PhD in Sociology and Statistics from the University of Michigan in 2015.



Zhou, Xiang, and Geoffrey T. Wodtke. Forthcoming. “Income Stratification among Occupational Classes in the United States”. Social Forces, (Forthcoming)

Zhou, Xiang, and Yu Xie. 2016. “Propensity-Score-Based Methods versus MTE-Based Methods in Causal Inference: Identification, Estimation, and Application.”. Sociological Methods & Research 45 (1):3-40.

Xie, Yu, Siwei Cheng, and Xiang Zhou. 2015. “Assortative Mating without Assortative Preference”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (19):5974-5978.

Zhou, Xiang. 2015. “Shrinkage Estimation of Log Odds Ratios for Comparing Mobility Tables.”. Sociological Methodology 45 (1):320-356.

Xie, Yu, and Xiang Zhou. 2014. “Income Inequality in Today’s China”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (19):6928-6933.

Zhang, Chunni, Qi Xu, Xiang Zhou, Xiaobo Zhang, and Yu Xie. 2014. “Are Poverty Rates Underestimated in China? New Evidence from Four Recent Surveys”. China Economic Review 31:410-425.

Zhou, Xiang. 2014. “Increasing Returns to Education, Changing Labor Force Structure, and the Riseof Earnings Inequality in Urban China, 1996-2010”. Social Forces 93 (2):429-455.

Xie, Yu, and Xiang Zhou. 2012. “Modeling Individual-level Heterogeneity in Racial Residential Segregation”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109 (29):11646-11651.

Zhou, Xiang. 2012. “A Nonparametric Index of Stratification”. Sociological Methodology 42 (1):365-388.

Wang, Yanhui, Liang Hao, Xiang Zhou, and Guilu Long. 2008. “Behavior of quantum coherence of Ξ-type four-level atom under bang–bang control”. Optics Communications 281 (18):4793-4799.

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies