Hongwei Xu

Hongwei Xu

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

Dr. Hongwei Xu is a research assistant professor in the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. 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.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Profile at the Population Studies Center

Articles & Chapters

Xu, Hongwei. 2016. "Developmental Idealism, Body Weight and Shape, and Marriage Entry in Transitional China." Chinese Journal of Sociology, 2(2): 235-258.

Recent Pub

Developmental Idealism special issue, Chinese Journal of Sociology

Recent Pub

Allendorf. "Conflict and Compatibility? Developmental Idealism and Gendered Differences in Marital Choice." Journal of Marriage and Family.

Recent Pub

Hongwei Xu. Developmental Idealism, Body Weight and Shape, and Marriage Entry in Transitional China. Chinese Journal of Sociology.

Reading History Sideways

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

Video Lecture

Arland Thornton speaks on "Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of Worldwide Development Programs"

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