Americans’ Changing Social Attitudes: COVID-19, China, and Community

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2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Welcome Remarks

Tong Shijun, NYU Shanghai Chancellor

Jeffrey S Lehman, NY Shanghai Vice Chancellor

Joanna Waley-Cohen, NYU Shanghai Provost

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Project Introduction and Findings

Xiaogang Wu, Host

Founding Director of CASER at NYU Shanghai, Yufeng Global Professor of Social
 Science and Professor of Sociology at NYU Shanghai and NYU’s Faculty of Arts and

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM


Michael Hout, Co-host

Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Director of CASSR, Faculty of Arts and
 Science at New York University

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel with Audience Questions

Yanzhong Huang

Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University

Life Experience and Community during COVID-19 in the US” (LECC-US) is our survey of nationally representative adult Americans that asked questions about health and infection, subjective well-being, social attitudes, and experiences during and after the pandemic at three points in time beginning in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. In September 2020, 4,407 people participated. In March 2021, 3,439 agreed to be reinterviewed, and in July 2023, 3001 people completed a third interview. In this presentation, we share the main findings from the project, including the degree to which the pandemic negatively affected Americans’ attitudes towards China, their sense of community, and their trust in neighbors, state government, and federal government.

LECC-US is the first joint data-collection project between NYU Shanghai and New York University. Study participants were part of the probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel compiled by NORC at the University of Chicago.

Patrick J. Egan

Patrick J. Egan is a political scientist who studies Americans’ political attitudes and behavior and their consequences for public policy, partisanship, and identity. He’s an Associate Professor at NYU’s Wilf Family Department of Politics, with courtesy appointments in NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and NYU’s Department of Sociology. Egan is a faculty convener for the Identities & Ideologies Project @ NYU. Egan is the author of Partisan Priorities: How Issue Ownership Drives and Distorts American Politics (Cambridge University Press), which investigates the origins of issue ownership within parties, showing that in fact the parties deliver neither superior performance nor popular policies on the issues they “own.” His peer-reviewed research has been published in journals including Nature, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and the British Journal of Political Science.

Michael Hout

Michael Hout, Professor of Sociology at New York University and Director of the Center for Advanced Social Science Research (CASSR), uses demographics to explore social change in areas like inequality, religion, and politics. His notable works include Immigration, Race, and Polarization (2020) and America’s Social Climate and Trends (2021). He currently chairs the Board of Advisors of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Hout also holds an honorary degree from University College, Dublin and memberships in professional societies, including the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Yanzhong Huang

Yanzhong Huang is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he directs the Global Health Governance roundtable series. He is also a professor and director of global health studies at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Dr. Huang obtained his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and has previously taught at Barnard College and Columbia University. He has written extensively on China and global health, testified before U.S. congressional committees multiple times, and is regularly consulted by major media outlets, the private sector, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations on global health issues and China.

Xi Song

Xi Song is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. Son uses statistical and computational techniques to investigate social inequality across generations. Her current research examines the perception gap in inequality, multigenerational social mobility, kinship inequality, and occupational structure evolution. She received the 2021 William Julius Wilson Early Career Award from the American Sociological Association. Her previous publications have received multiple awards from the American Sociological Association, the International Sociological Association, the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, and Demographic Research.

Xiaogang Wu

Xiaogang Wu is the Founding Director of CASER at NYU Shanghai, and the Yufeng Global Professor of Social Science and Professor of Sociology at NYU Shanghai and NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Science. He is also a Global Scholar at Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (2020-2024). Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, Wu worked at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) for 17 years, where he was Chair Professor of Social Science and Public Policy. Prof. Wu directed the Hong Kong Panel Study of Social Dynamics (HKPSSD) from 2011-2021, and co-directed the Shanghai Urban Neighborhood Survey (SUNS) (2015-2019). Prof. Wu’s research interests include China, education, inequality and stratification; social demography, survey and quantitative Methods, urban studies. His research team has collected data on Life Experience and Community During the Covid-19 in Wuhan and Hong Kong. Prof. Wu has been serving as the Chief Editor of Chinese Sociological Review since 2011.


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