Department of Sociology and the College
Xi Song is interested in the origin of social inequality from a multigenerational perspective. The overarching question that guides her research is the rise and fall of families: Why do some families successfully preserve their social advantages over a long period of time while others fall into oblivion? Her recent work draws on genealogical data from as many as 16 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.
Her research has appeared, or is forthcoming, in American Sociological Review, Social Science Research, Sociological Methods and Research, and Sociological Science.
Song received a PhD in sociology and an MS in statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MPhil in social science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a BA in sociology from Renmin University of China.