Jing Li

Dr. Jing Li is an adjunct associate professor and the Quantitative Methodologist in the Department of Sociology. As the Quantitative Methodologist, Dr. Li teaches a statistical programming course to all the first-year Sociology graduate students in their first semester here at Rice. She also teaches advance graduate courses on quantitative analysis including multilevel modeling and longitudinal data analysis. She serves as the in-house statistical research consultant and gives regular workshops on a variety of topics of quantitative methods to faculty, postdocs, students and research staff that are affiliated with Sociology. She is passionate about numbers and communication of numbers.

Dr. Li was trained as a social demographer and graduated with her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2011 from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also earned a Master’s degree in Statistics. Dr. Li’s main research interests are health, education, immigration and social stratification, broadly speaking. Her early research examined mental and physical health disparities among U.S. immigrants and she continues working on these areas. Her postdoctoral work at Baylor University was on social stratification in rural America. Her current projects investigate educational and economic outcomes among racial/ethnic groups with a special focus on immigrant groups and Asian Americans. Dr, Li’s published studies has appeared journals such as Population Research and Policy Review, Rural Sociology and Public Health.

Recent Publications:

Sakamoto, Art, Chi-Tsun Chiu, Jing Li, Sharron Xuanren Wang. 2016. “The Life Satisfaction of Asian Americans: Evidence from the U.S. General Social Survey, 1972-2010.” Sociological Mind, 6, 40-52. doi: 10.4236/sm.2016.62003.

Tolbert, Charles M., F. Carson Mencken, Troy Blanchard and Jing Li. 2015. “American Civic Community over Space and Time” in Reclaiming Space: New Middle-Range Theory in Spatial Demography. F. Howell, J. Porter and S. Matthews (eds). Springer Press.

Li, Jing and Hummer, Robert. A. 2015. The Relationship between Duration of U.S. Residence, Educational Attainment, and Adult Health among Asian Immigrants. Population Research and Policy Review, 34(1), 49-76.

Tolbert, Charles M., F. Carson Mencken, T. Lynn Riggs, and Jing Li. 2014. "Restructuring of the Financial Industry: The Disappearance of Locally Owned Traditional Financial Services in Rural America." Rural Sociology, 79(3), 355-379.
* Outstanding Publication at the 2015 Southwestern Sociological Association annual meeting

Blanchard, Troy C., Jing Li, Carson Mencken, and Charles Tolbert. 2012. “Entrepreneurial Environment and the Prevalence of Diabetes in U.S. Counties.” ISRN Public Health (2012), Article ID 359473.

Su Yeong Kim, Yijie Wang, Shiying Deng, Rocio Alvarez, and Jing Li. 2011. “Accent, Perpetual Foreigner Stereotype and Perceived Discrimination as Indirect Links between English Proficiency and Depressive Symptoms in Chinese American Adolescents.” Developmental Psychology, Vol. 47, No. 1: 289-301.

Research Areas

Demography, Health, Immigration, Social Stratification and Inequality, Statistics and Methods


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