Hongbo Wang

Associate Professor of Practice in Sociology, NYU Shanghai

Hongbo Wang

Associate Professor of Practice in Sociology, NYU Shanghai

Dr. Wang Hongbo is currently an Associate Professor of Practice in Sociology at NYU Shanghai. Before joining NYU Shanghai, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago and worked as Research Assistant Professor and Lecturer at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Hongbo received his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2008.

Hongbo’s primary teaching specialties include 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 lie in substantive areas, such as education, migration, and health. As a trained demographer and sociologist, Hongbo’s broad research interests lie in quantitative studies of social inequality and application of big data analysis in social science.

Select Publications

  • GBD 2019 Demographics Collaborators. 2020. “Global age-sex-specific fertility, mortality, healthy life expectancy (HALE), and population estimates in 204 countries and territories, 1950–2019: a comprehensive demographic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019”. The Lancet. Vol. 396.
  • Li, Jun, and Hongbo Wang. 2012. “Home Ownership and Political Participation in Urban China,” Chinese Sociological Review, 44(4), 58-81.
  • Sweeney, Megan, Hongbo Wang, and Tami Videon. 2009. “Reconsidering the Association between Step-families and Adolescent Well-Being,” chapter in Marriage and Family: Multiple Complexities and Perspectives (edited by E. Peters and C. M. Kamp Dush). New York: Columbia University Press.


PhD, Sociology, UCLA (2008)

Research Interests

  • Immigrant assimilation
  • Educational inequality
  • Human development
  • Big data analysis for social science

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