I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology department and a Master’s student in the Statistics department at the University of Washington. With relevant backgrounds from both fields, I conduct a variety of theoretically driven empirical research. As a social scientist, my major work concerns the question: “Can we explain the spread of behaviors, such as participating in a protest, promoting health-related behavior, or practicing a religion via networks and media environments?” Driven the needs to answer theoretical questions, I employ the most suitable method, such as social network analysis, structural equation modeling, multi-level methods, or non-parametric modeling. Fruits of this work have been published in major journals such as American Sociological Review, Political Communication, Social Forces, Social Networks, New Media & Society, and Information, Communication & Society.
I am also willing to contribute to research in different fields. I have collaborative work with scholars in Public Health, Communication, Statistics, Psychology, Political Science, and Education. I bring my sociological knowledge to cross-fertilize with other fields when applicable, or I serve as a statistician when specific techniques are called for. Fruits of the collaborations are forthcoming in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Plos One and multiple articles are under review.