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Siwei Cheng

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. 2015 (Public Policy and Sociology) University of Michigan; M.A. 2012 (Statistics), University of Michigan; B.A. 2009 (Economics), Peking University; B.Sc. 2009 (Mathematical Statistics), Peking University.

Office Address: 

Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012

Personal Homepage:

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility; Work and Family; Life Course; Quantitative Methods.

Research Description: 

Cheng's research focuses mainly on four areas:

1. Stratification and mobility: How inequality gets produced and reproduced over the life course and across generations.

2. Work and family: How work and family interact in shaping individuals' behavior and attainment, and how individuals' employment trajectories are linked by family and other social relations.

3. Social networks. The structural effect of social context on the formation of social networks; how networks shape the stratification and mobility in the labor market.

4. Quantitative methodology. Causal inference in cross-sectional and longitudinal data; discrete choice models, network analysis.

Curriculum Vitae


Siwei Cheng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at New York University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Public Policy (2015) and M.A. in Statistics (2012) from the University of Michigan, where she was also trained at the Population Studies Center. In 2009, she graduated with a B.A. in Economics and B.Sc. in Statistics from Peking University, China. Prior to coming to NYU, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UCLA.


Cheng, Siwei (2016). The Accumulation of (Dis)advantage: The Intersection of Gender and Race in the Long-term Wage Effect of Marriage. American Sociological Review 81(1): 29-56.

Yu Xie, Siwei Cheng and Xiang Zhou (2015). Assortative Mating without Assortative Preference. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(19): 5974-5978.

Cheng, Siwei (2014). A Life Course Trajectory Framework for Understanding the Intracohort Pattern of Wage Inequality. American Journal of Sociology 120(3): 633-700.

Cheng, Siwei & Yu Xie (2013). Structural Effect of Size on Interracial Friendship. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110 (18): 7165-7169.

Updated on 06/10/2016