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CASER Welcomes New Center Members

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September 1, 2022

The Center for Applied Social and Economic Research (CASER) extends a warm welcome to a few new members who have joined / will join the Center, bringing with them fresh perspectives and a wealth of experience in relevant fields of Social Science. Learn more about their research backgrounds and expertise that they bring to the Center and the university.

Dr. Angran Li has joined the Center in Fall 2022 as Assistant Professor of Sociology. Before joining NYU Shanghai, he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Zhejiang University. Broadly defined, Professor Li’s research examines mechanisms through which social, spatial, and temporal contexts, independently or jointly, lead to the inequality of parental practices and educational outcomes. He explores how those relationships affect intergenerational transmission of advantages/disadvantages across social groups and national contexts from a comparative perspective.

CASER also expects to welcome Dr. Hongbo Wang, who will join NYU Shanghai as Associate Professor of Practice in Sociology in Spring 2023. Professor Wang is currently a lecturer at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). His primary teaching interests lie in social statistics and data science. He has taught relevant courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for more than a decade. His teaching interests also include substantive areas, such as education, migration, and health. As a trained demographer and sociologist, Professor Wang’s primary research interests are immigrant assimilation, educational inequality, and big data analysis for social science.

Earlier in this year, CASER has also welcomed two new postdocs: Siqi Tu, who holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Xin Li, who received her PhD from University of California, Los Angeles in 2022.

Siqi Tu is a postdoctoral research fellow of social science at the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research at NYU Shanghai and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her works focus on issues of global citizenship, elite education, international (im)mobility and migration and political economy of global cities. She explores the convergence and divergence of the global and the local when it comes to the mechanisms of inequality in education, migration, and access to urban infrastructure.

Xin Li received her PhD from University of California, Los Angeles in 2022. Her research falls within the broad categories of the economics of education and education policy. She is particularly interested in the effect of college admissions policies on student higher education access and choice, and how familial and psychosocial attributes interact with student choices and outcomes. Additionally, she also studies the effects of information and behavioral biases and how to incentivize students effectively. Her work uses a mixture of experimental and quasi-experimental designs to address these topics.

CASER is also delighted to welcome two new PhD students, Conor McCutcheon and Xu Han who have both started in Fall 2022.

Conor McCutcheon is a PhD student at the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research (CASER) at NYU Shanghai and the Department of Sociology at NYU. His research interests include social stratification, educational inequality, and social networks. His work focuses on the impact rapid economic development can have on social structure, particularly elite formation. He previously studied at Yenching Academy at Peking University.

Xu Han is a PhD student in Sociology at East China Normal University, whose research field is Urban Sociology, with academic interests including migration and urban policy. By focusing on vulnerable groups in cities, she will investigate issues of regional and social development, especially the living conditions and the change in personal values of new generation immigrants in large cities. She is currently working as an academic intern at CASER, mainly participating in the Shanghai Early Education and Development survey project.

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