Xiaogang Wu

Xiaogang Wu
Director of the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research, Yufeng Global Professor of Social Science, NYU Shanghai; Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU

Xiaogang Wu is the Director of the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research (CASER) at NYU Shanghai, a Yufeng Global Professor of Social Science at NYU Shanghai and a Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU. Wu joined NYU/NYU Shanghai from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2020, where he was Chair Professor of Social Science and Public Policy. 

Wu received a BA from Renmin University of China, an MA from Peking University, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was the Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at the Population Studies Center and a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at University of Michigan, Ann Abor from 2001 to 2003. He joined HKUST afterward as an Assistant Professor of Social Science, rising to full professor in 2011. Wu was the recipient of the US National Academy of Education/Spencer Post-doctoral Research Fellowship for 2006 to 2007, the Asia and Asian American Early Career Award from the American Sociological Association in 2007, and the Prestigious Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong in 2012. In 2022, he was elected a member of the Sociological Research Association (SRA), the honor society to recognize leading researchers in the sociology.

Wu has been the editor-in-chief of the Chinese Sociological Review since 2011, a quarterly journal published since 1968. In AY 2023-2024, He is on sabbatical leave from Shanghai.   

Read more in Leading Scholar to Direct New Social Science Research Center at NYU Shanghai.



Select Publications

  • Zeng, Donglin and Xiaogang Wu. 2022. “Neighborhood collective efficacy in stressful events: The stress-buffering effect” Social Science and Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115154.

  • Miao, Jia, and Xiaogang Wu. 2022. “Social Consequences of Homeownership: Evidence from the Home Ownership Scheme in Hong Kong” Social Forceshttps://doi.org/10.1093/sf/soac011.

  • Zeng, Donglin, Xiaogang Wu and Zhuoni Zhang. 2022. “Residential and industrial enclaves and labor market outcomes among migrant workers in Shenzhen, China.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Vol. 48(3):750–772. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2020.1867522.

  • Xu, Duoduo and Xiaogang Wu. 2021. “From Political Power to Personal Wealth: Privatization and Elite Opportunity in Post-Reform China.” Journal of Contemporary China 30 (132): 993-1013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10670564.2021.1893562.

  • Wu, Xiaogang 2019. “Inequality and Social Stratification in Post-socialist China." Annual Review of Sociology 45: 363-382.

  • Hu, Anning and Xiaogang Wu 2019. “Parental Education and College Students’ Attitudes toward Love: Survey Evidence from China.” Journal of Marriage and Family 81 (3), 584-600.

  • Hu, Anning and Xiaogang Wu 2019. "Science or Liberal Arts? Family Background, Cultural Capital, and College Major Choice in China" British Journal of Sociology 70 (1):190-213

  • Miao, Jia, Xiaogang Wu, Xiulin Sun. 2019. “Neighborhood, social cohesion, and the Elderly's depression in Shanghai.” Social Science & Medicine 229:134-143

  • He, Guangye, Xiaogang Wu. 2017. "Marketization, Occupational Segregation, and Gender Earnings Inequality in Urban China." Social Science Research 65:99-111

  • Zhang, Zhuoni and Xiaogang Wu. 2017. "Occupational Segregation and Earnings Inequality: Rural Migrants and Local Workers in Urban China." Social Science Research 61:57-74




  • PhD, Sociology
    University of California, Los Angeles

  • MA, Sociology
    Peking University

  • BA, Sociology
    Renmin University of China


Research Interests

  • Education, Inequality and Social Mobility 

  • Survey Research and Quantitative Methods

  • Urban Sociology

  • Social Demography

  • Chinese Society