Zai LiangDirector of the Developmental Core, Center for Social & Demographic Analysis
Professor, Department of Sociology

Phone: (518)442-4676
Office: Arts & Sciences 303

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One major aspect of Dr. Liang’s current research is the study of how migrant children fare in China’s history-making migration and urbanization process.  Specifically, he studies equality of educational opportunity, access to health service, and health outcomes such as self rated health, mental health, and mortality for children in destination cities as well as for migrant children left behind in rural China using most update data from censuses and surveys. He is one of the first researchers to study contemporary Chinese migration patterns in the age of market transition in China.  For nearly two decades, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NIH, NSF, Spencer Foundation, and CCK Foundation, he has been engaged in a research program to examine the massive flow of internal migrants (mainly from rural to urban) in China.  Some of the most important issues examined so far include: patterns of migration during 1950-2010, rural industrialization and migration, consequences of migration for women and children, migration and rural transformation.  The second major aspect of his research is on international migration from China to the United States.   With support from NIH, NSF, and the Ford Foundation, he has completed a major data collection project and has been analyzing data from this project.  A more recent project, sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation, examines new settlement patterns of low skilled Chinese immigrants in the U.S.

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