Yun Zhou

PSTC | Postdoctoral Fellow
Yun Zhou


Yun Zhou’s research approaches the study of social inequality through the lens of marriage and family. Her dissertation explores the interplay between individuals’ ascriptive and achieved characteristics in marriage sorting across various social boundaries and resulting implications for social openness and closure. Yun’s current project examines the intended and unintended consequences of China’s recent end of the One Child Policy, particularly with respect to gender equity. Yun adopts a mixed-methods approach and a comparative framework. Combining conventional statistical modeling, original qualitative in-depth interviews, and agent-based computational modeling, she focuses on both Western and non-Western societies.

Yun received her B.A. degrees in Urdu Literature and Sociology from Peking University, China in 2011, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 2017.

Peer-Reviewed Work

Zhou, Yun. “The Dual Demands: Gender Equity and Fertility Intentions After the One-Child Policy," Journal of Contemporary China, forthcoming.

Scholarly Interests

Family, Fertility, Gender, Union formation, Inequality and stratification, Quantitative methods, Agent-based modeling, Mixed methods, China