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, voting for a candidate, 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 Social Networks (IF: 2.95), New Media & Society (IF: 4.80), Information, Communication & Society (IF: 4.12), and in the Routledge Series on Taiwan Social Movements. Further ongoing research are revise and resubmit at American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Political Communication, and Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
I am also willing to contribute to research in different fields. I have collaborative work with scholars in Communication, Statistics, Psychology, Political Science, Public Health, and International Studies. 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 (IF: 2.49), Plos One (IF: 2.78) and multiple articles are under review.