Qing Lai is a PhD student of Sociology and MA student of Statistics at the University of Michigan. He is also a trainee at the Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research. He holds a Quantitative Methodology Program Fellowship. His areas of interest include life course, social stratification, Chinese studies, and research methods in social science. Qing participated in the 2008 interview data collection in Gansu, China for the Developmental Idealism project.