Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University at Albany, SUNY.
Brief Bio: My substantive research interests include rural-urban health disparities, spatial demography, and the neighborhood effects on health outcomes. As for research methods, I am interested in developing novel analytic tools in geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial statistics. I am currently working on two projects. One is to investigate if an individual’s discriminatory experience and distrust of health care system are adversely related to health and, if so, whether the negative associations can be attenuated by developing a cohesive and safe neighborhood environment. The other project is to develop innovative algorithms in GIS that aim to simultaneously preserve spatial data confidentiality and maintain the utilities of spatial statistics.
Penn State’s Demography Program: Penn State’s Demography Program not only provides strong methodological and substantive training to me, but also offers an interdisciplinary environment where I learned how to work with scholars from different disciplines. The Demography Program has prepared me for the challenges in career development.