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Yiwan Ye


  • MA Sociology, University of California, Davis, 2018
  • MA Applied Quantitative Research, New York University, 2015
  • BA Economics & Sociology, University of Iowa, 2014


I study social determinants of health and happiness from a demographic and cross-cultural perspective. My research aims to unravel age, cohort, and period patterns in happiness and other forms of health and social inequalities.

Research Focus

Subjective Wellbeing, Health and Illness, Social Demography, Multilevel Modeling, Education, and Family.

Current Projects:

  • Rising Morbidity and Mortality in "Midlife" among Non-Hispanic White Americans: A Cohort Size Effect?
  • Is Cohort Size Linked to Happiness?: A Comparison of American and British Baby Boomers (2020 ASA Section Presentation, ISQOLS) [w/ Shu, X.]
  • Does Obamacare Help Reduce Single Motherhood and Racial Disparities in Children's Health Access [w/ Searl, E., Fogleman, E.]
  • Motherhood, Race, and Parental Education Engagement (2019 ASA Roundtable)
  • Institutional Grants & Student Success: Assessing Sector Performance among the U.S. Colleges (2019 ASA Roundtable)

Selected Publications

Ye, Y., Shu, X. Forthcoming. "Lonely in a Crowd: Cohort Size and Happiness in the United Kingdom" Journal of Happiness Studies.  

Shu, X., Ye, Y. Forthcoming. “The Misfortune of Children of the Cultural Revolution: Cohort Size, Historical Times, and Life Chances in China.” Handbook of Sociology of China. Ed., Yaojun Li and Yanjie Bian. Imperial College Press.

Shu, X., Ye, Y. 2021. "China, Quality of Life and Well-Being." China, Quality of Life, and Well-Being. In: Maggino F. (eds) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Cham.

Zhu, B., Ye, Y. 2020. "Gender disparities in the education gradient in self-reported health across birth cohorts in China." BMC Public Health 20, 375.

Working Paper:

Ye, Y. 2019. "Keeping Promises: Single Mothers, Race, and Elementary Educational Engagement." Center for Research on Child Wellbeing Working Paper. WP19-11-FF.

Ye, Y. 2018. “The Impact of Postnatal Education on Union Dissolution: Evidence from Fragile Families.” Center for Research on Child Wellbeing Working Paper. WP 19-10-FF.


Associated in Soc 46A (Research Method) and Soc 6 (Health & Illness)

Teaching Assistant: SOC 170, SOC 106 (x2), SOC 46B (x3), SOC 46A, SOC 1 (x3), and SOC 4.

Reader: Soc 188 and Soc 141.


Internal Funding:

Graduate Program Fellowship Allocation Funds, Winter 2022

Graduate Student Association Travel Award, 2019

Department of Sociology Travel Grant, 2019

Graduate Student Association Travel Award, 2018

Department of Sociology Research/Travel Grant, 2017