Wei-hsin Yu is a sociologist and social demographer specializing in the areas of social stratification and gender inequality. Her research focuses on how macrolevel forces influence individuals, paying special attention to their labor market outcomes, family behaviors, and psychological health. She has published two books and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, including American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Demography. Her current project examines how different working conditions are linked to wage inequality and family dynamics in the United States. One of her recent articles, for example, shows that the structural characteristics of occupations play an important role in shaping the price women pay for motherhood. She is also conducting research on gender attitudes and the formation of romantic unions in East Asia (e.g., Japan, Taiwan).


  • PhD
    The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
SOCY325 Sociology of Gender Fall 2014
SOCY699E Special Social Problems; Gender Stratification Fall 2014

Current Students

3129 Art Sociology
Department of Sociology
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