Assistant Professor

Office: Social Sciences 422
Phone: 773-834-0335

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Xi Song is interested in the origin of social inequality from a multigenerational perspective. Her recent work draws on genealogical data from as many as twelve generations of imperial and peasant families in historical China to explore how families maintain, change, and reproduce their social statuses. She is now extending her work to the context of the United States and several other societies, from a broader perspective that addresses macro-level social changes in fertility, mortality, and family structure, and micro-level patterns of families’ social mobility. Findings from her research have shown that families’ demographic behaviors—such as whether, when, and whom to marry and whether to have children—modify their social mobility outcomes. The joint effects of demography and mobility result in diverse socioeconomic status trajectories of families.

Her methodological work focuses on developing demographic and statistical models to analyze family pedigrees from genealogies, longitudinal data, and prospective and retrospective family histories.

Selected Publications

Song, Xi and Robert D. Mare. Forthcoming. “Retrospective Versus Prospective Approaches to the Study of Intergenerational Social Mobility.” Sociological Methods and Research.

Song, Xi, Cameron D. Campbell, and James Z. Lee. 2015. “Ancestry Matters: Patrilineage Growth and Extinction.”American Sociological Review 80(3): 574-602.

Song, Xi and Yu Xie. 2014. “Market Transition Revisited: Changing Regimes of Housing Inequality in China, 1988-2002.” Sociological Science 1: 277-291.

Wu, Xiaogang and Xi Song. 2014. “Ethnic Stratification in China’s Economic Transition: Evidence from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.” Social Science Research 44: 158-172.