PhD, University of California, Los Angeles (2001)
Professor, Division of Social Science
Tel (852) 2358 7827
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Education, Inequality and Mobility, Migration and Urbanization, Survey Research and Quantitative Methods
Wu is a quantitative sociologist by training. He joined HKUST in 2003 after spending two years (2001-2003) as a Mellon post-doctoral fellow in the Population Studies Center at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to his PhD study at UCLA, he had worked as the policy research staff for the Mayor of Shanghai from 1994 to 1996.
Wu’s current research focuses on inequality and mobility, population and migration, and education issues in China from a comparative perspective. With a rigorous theoretical agenda and sophisticated quantitative methodologies, his published work has helped to advance the understanding of social and economic changes and their impact on individuals’ wellbeing in both mainland China and Hong Kong.
Wu has received numerous awards, including the Prestigious Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship from the US National Academy of Education (2006), the Asian and Asian American Section Early Career Award (2007) from the American Sociological Association, and the Prestigious Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences from the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong SAR (2012). Currently he is the Chair of the Advisory Committee of Chinese General Social Survey at the National Survey and Data Center, Renmin University of China.
SELECTED PAPERS & PUBLICATIONS
- 2013. “New Middle Class and the Rule of Law in China" China Review 13(1) Spring Issue: 30-47 [with Cheng Jinhua]
- 2010. “Economic Transition, School Expansion and Educational Inequality in China, 1990-2000.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 28:91-108
- 2010 "Voluntary and Involuntary Job Mobility and Earnings Inequality in Urban China, 1993-2000" Social Science Research 39: 382-395
- 2007, “Inequality and Equality under Chinese Socialism: The Hukou System and Intergenerational Occupational Mobility" [with Donald J. Treiman], American Journal of Sociology 113(2):415-45.
- 2006, “Communist Cadres and Market Opportunities: Entry to Self-Employment in China, 1978-1996”, Social Forces 85 (1): 389-411.
- 2004, "The Household Registration System and Social Stratification in China, 1955-1996" [with Donald Treiman], Demography 41(2):363-384.
- 2003, "Does the Market Pay Off? Earnings Inequality and Returns to Education in Urban China" [with Yu Xie], American Sociological Review 68:425-422.
- 2002, "Work Units and Income Inequality: The Effect of Market Transition in Urban China", Social Forces 80(3): 1069 -99.
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