Yun Zhou

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Studies

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. Another line of Yun’s ongoing work examines the causal policy effect of ending the one-child policy on China’s population structure and gender equity level. Yun adopts a mixed-methods approach and a comparative framework. Combining conventional statistical modeling, qualitative in-depth interviews, and agent-based computational models, she focuses on both Western and non-Western societies.

Yun holds B.A. degrees in Urdu Literature and Sociology from Peking University, China, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University.  


Agent-based computational demography, Family, Fertility, Gender, Inequality and Stratification, Quantitative and mixed methods