Sangsoo Lee

Sangsoo Lee
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Sangsoo Lee is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at NYU Shanghai. He studies family, gender, and inequality using quantitative methods. Much of his work adopts a cross-national comparative perspective, with a regional focus on Korea and other East Asian countries. Currently, he is pursuing three lines of work. The first project focuses on gender dynamics in marriage and family, with a particular emphasis on the implications of couples' relative socioeconomic status on their individual and marital outcomes. The second line of research investigates issues related to marital formation, dissolution, and repartnering. The third research line examines how children's life chances and experiences are gendered and stratified across families and societies. His work has been published in Social Science & MedicineDemographic ResearchPopulation Research and Policy Review, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.


Select Publications

  • Lee, Sangsoo, and Myoung-Jin Lee. 2023. "Religious homogamy and marital satisfaction in South Korea: Exploring variations across religious groups." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (online first). doi: 10.1111/jssr.12861

  • Lee, Sangsoo, and Jaesung Choi. 2023. "Gendered trends and patterns of attitudes toward remarriage among the divorced in South Korea." Population Research and Policy Review 41(1): 11. doi: 10.1007/s11113-023-09760-8

  • Lee, Sangsoo, and Youngshin Lim. 2022. "The gendered playing field: Family socioeconomic status and national gender inequality in adolescents' out-of-school physical activity." Social Science & Medicine 305: 115062. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115062

  • Lee, Sangsoo, and Hyunjoon Park. 2021. "Trends and educational variation in the association between spouses' marital histories in South Korea, 1993-2017." Demographic Research 45: 857-870. doi: 10.4054/DemRes.2021.45.27)



  • PhD, Sociology and Demography
    University of Pennsylvania 
  • MA, Demography
    University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, Sociology
    Korea University
  • BA, Sociology and Media
    Korea University


Research Interests

  • Family
  • Gender
  • Inequality
  • Cross-national study
  • East Asia