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Xiaoling Shu 舒晓灵

Xiaoling Shu, 舒晓灵

Professor,Graduate Director and Vice Chair


2274 Social Sciences & Humanities One Shields Ave
University of California Davis

Davis , CA 95616
Office Phone: 530-754-0771

Office Hours for Winter 2017 :

  • Teaching Soc 46B Winter 2017. Hours: Mon,Wed 11-1pm


  1. Ph.D. Sociology, M.S. Computer Science, University of Minnesota 社会学博士, 计算机信息科学硕士, 明尼苏达大学. 简历如下


Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Social Stratification, Gender, Quantitative Methods, Life Course, Social Demography, Comparative Studies, Computer Simulation, Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining

Expertise in statistical modeling

Confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation models, multilevel linear and nonlinear models, cross-classified fixed- & random-effect models (age-cohort-period cross classified fixed- & random-effect models), event history analysis (discrete-time event history analysis & Cox regression), and dynamic modeling (partial adjustment models).

M.S. in Computer Science specializing in Artificial Intelligence, knowledge discovery and data mining.

Current Projects

Knowledge Discovery in Social Sciences: A Data Mining Approach.  University of California Press (under contract).

My research focuses on the impacts of two of the most profound events of our times--market transition and globalization--on gender inequalities (both in the labor market and within the family), subjective sense of well-being, and gender, family, marriage and sexual attitudes.  My analysis is both country specific (China) and cross-national.

Circuits of Communication and Gender Ideologies in the Age of Globalization: International Telecommunication Networks and Gender Attitudes across Countries (with George Barnett and Bob Faris)

Scholars have posed different hypotheses on the impact of global telecommunications on value orientations. Some argue that it will lead to a global convergence towards Western values, while others envision that both global influences and local adaptations will jointly form a hybridization or fusion of ideas and perspectives.  We analyze and characterize the global telecommunication network, and test a series of hypotheses on the relationship between location in this network and value convergence/divergence among nations. We test if the influences of the West, with high centrality in the global telecommunication networks, reach other countries throughout a global network or countries are embedded in a “localized” information diffusion network that are likely to share similar value orientations and mutually reinforce each other’s beliefs. We use data at two levels: between‐country telecommunications network data and individual‐level data (N = 70,000) from the World Value Survey.

Mapping Gender Ideologies Globally: Gender Attitudes in 47 Countries.

I analyzes cross-national variations in gender attitudes in 47 countries--beliefs about hierarchical gender equality and perspectives on horizontal separate spheres.  Using data from the World Value Survey of more than 70,000 individuals and a series of multilevel models, I map gender ideologies globally.  To unravel the influences of country characteristics, I examine three explanatory variables: national maternity leave policies and proportion of female chief wage earners, level of economic development and proportion of female primary wage earners.

Cohort Size, Historical Times and Life Chances: The Misfortune of Children of China's Cultural Revolution.

I examine the impact of dual societal transformations on individual life chances in China--the population explosion in 1949-1971 and the Cultural Revolution in 1966-1976.   I estimate the effects of cohort size and coming of age during the Cultural Revolution on individuals’ socioeconomic status and subjective evaluation of life.  I use a series of cross-classified age-period-cohort models to analyze national data of almost 12,000 individual from the 2003 and 2005 China General Social Surveys.

Social Plane: On Leveraging Social Informatics for Cyber Security (with S. Felix Wu, Nicholas A. Palomares, Karl Levitt, Robert Faris)

The core of our research is a reference model to allow us to conduct a multidisciplinary study on social informatics in the context of cyber security. We will analyze and model how a particular content will impact the behavior, influence and community formation under our cyber society. We emphasize not only the privacy issues but also the possibility of leveraging these open social intelligence pieces to defend our cyber society against those highly sophisticated attack plans involving online social informatics themselves.

Projects with Graduate Students:

Kelsey Meagher:

We investigate variations in gender attitudes in 50 U.S. states in 1972-2010 by analyzing state-level influences including public policies, political and social environments, as well as how these macro-level influences impact age-cohort-period effects.  We use individual-level data from the GSS and state level data compiled from various sources.

Selected Publications *graduate student

  • Shu, Xiaoling and Jingjing Chen*. Forthcoming. “Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in the Social Sciences.” Chinese Social Science Review (special issue on the Frontiers of Social Science Research Methods) (in Chinese).
  • Shu, Xiaoling and Bowen Zhu*. 2016. “Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining in the Era of Big Data.” Journal of Guizhou Normal University, 203(6):49-53(in Chinese).


Sociology 188: Social Stratification in China;
Sociology 195: Special Topics Seminar: Emerging Middle Classes in China;
Sociology 207A&B: Graduate Seminar: Methods of Quantitative Research;
Sociology 208: Graduate Seminar: Topics in Advanced Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences;
Sociology 295: Graduate Seminar: Social Transformation and Life Course Dynamics: Theories and Methods.


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