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.
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.