Hongwei Xu

Hongwei Xu

Ph.D., Brown University, 2012
M.A., Brown University, 2007
B.A., Peking University, 2003

Dr. Hongwei Xu is an associate professor of sociology at Queens College-CUNY. He has employed the developmental idealism framework to examine the impact of body weight and shape on marriage entry in post-reform China. His current project seeks to develop a new behavioral measure of culture and apply the new measure to examine cultural influences on demographic and health outcomes. His other research interests include population health disparities and spatial demography.

Research Profile


Dec 8: Arland Thornton revisits his 2001 PAA Presidential Address on "Reading History Sideways."

Recent Pub

Special Issue On Developmental Idealism, Sociology of Development, 2019.

Recent Pub

Allendorf, Thornton, Mitchell, and Young-Demarco. "The Influence of Developmental Idealism on Marital Attitudes, Expectations, and Timing." Journal of Family Issues.

Reading History Sideways

The method of reading history sideways is described and critiqued by Arland Thornton

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