Sociology Research

The Department of Sociology at UAlbany is very proud of the extensive research tradition of both its faculty and students. This strong record of scholarly accomplishment has led to increasing national recognition and stature for the Department. 

Student-Faculty Collaborative Publications

Student-faculty collaboration is a key part of our research productivity in sociology at UAlbany. Below is a partial list of articles published with Albany student-faculty co-authors. For the most part, the other authors are current or past faculty members in the department. 

2019 Articles
  • Dreby, Joanna and Mairead Carr. 2019. “The Social Value of Children for Families that Farm.” Sociological Forum. 
  • Dreby, Joanna, Esperanza Tuñón-Pablos, and Griffin Lacy. 2019. “Children’s Food Practices in Mexican Migrant Households” Childhood.
  • He, Dan and Steven F. Messner. 2019. “Social Disorganization Theory in Contemporary China: A Review of the Evidence and Directions for Future Research.”  Asian Journal of Criminology
  • Major, Aaron and Zhifan Luo. 2019. "The Political-Military Foundations of China’s Global Ascendency." Journal of World-Systems Research 25(2): 420-448.
  • Piatkowska, Sylwia J., Steven F. Messner, and Andreas Hövermann. 2019. “Black Outgroup Marriages and Hate Crime Rates: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of U. S. Metropolitan Areas.”  Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
  • Song, Qian and Zai Liang. 2019.  “Remittance Behaviors in Comparative Perspective: The Case of Fujian, China.” International Migration Review. 53(3):930-955.
  • Strully, K. W., R. Bozick, Y. Huang, L. Burgette. 2019. “Employer Verification Mandates and Infant Health.” Population Research and Policy Review.
  • Yang, Tse-Chuan, Stephen A. Matthews, Feinuo Sun, and Marina Armendariz. 2019. “Modeling the relative importance of within and between county effects in an ecological study of the association between social capital and mental distress.” Preventing Chronic Disease 16: 180491.
  • Zhao, Yunhan, Tse-Chuan Yang, and Steven F. Messner. 2019. “Segregation and Racial Disparity in Post-Stop Outcomes: Insights from New York City.” Journal of Crime and Justice.
  • Zhao, Yunhan, Steven F. Messner, Jianhong Liu, and Cheng Jin. 2019. “Prisons as Schools:  Inmates’ Participation in Vocational and Academic Programs in Chinese Prisons.”  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.
2018 Articles
  • Chung, Angie Y., Kenneth Chen, Gowoon Jung, and Muyang Li. 2018. "Thinking Outside the Box: The National Context of Educational Preparation and Adaptation among Chinese and Korean International Students." Research in Comparative and International Education 13(3): 418-438. [OnlineFirst version:]
  • Huang, Ying, Scott J. South, Amy Spring, and Kyle Crowder. 2018. “A Decomposition of Trends in Blacks’ and Whites’ Exposure to Other-Race Neighbors, 2001-2011.” City & Community 17 (September): 590-614.
  • Liang, Zai, Jiejin Li, Glenn Deane, Zhen Li, and Bo Zhou. 2018. “From Chinatown to Everytown: New Patterns of Employment for Low-skilled Chinese Immigrants in the United States.” Social Forces 97(2): 893–920.
  • Liang, Zai and Qian Song.  2018. “From the Culture of Migration to the Culture of Remittances.”  Chinese Sociological Review.   DOI: 10.1080/21620555.2018.1426988.
  • Liang, Zai and Bo Zhou. 2018.   “The Rise of Market-based Institutions and Labor Market Niches for Low-skilled Chinese Immigrants.”  Russell Sage Foundation Journal of Social Sciences:  Special Issue on New Immigrant Labor Market Niches (edited by Susan Eckstein and Giovanni Peri) 4(1):78-95.
  • Piatkowska, Sylwia J., Steven F. Messner, and Tse-Chuan Yang. 2018. “Understanding the Relationship between Relative Group Size and Hate Crime Rates: Linking Methods with Concepts.” Justice Quarterly.
  • Piatkowska, Sylwia J., Steven F. Messner, and Tse-Chuan Yang. 2018. “Xenophobic and Racially Motivated Crime in Belgium: Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis and Spatial Regressions of Structural Covariates.”  Deviant Behavior 39(11):1398-1418. 
  • Messner, Steven F., Jianhong Liu, and Yunhan Zhao. 2018. “Predicting Re-Incarceration Status of Prisoners in Contemporary China: Applying Western Criminological Theories.”  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 62(4):1018-1042. 
  • Shen, Yinzhi, Steven F. Messner, Jianhong Liu, and Robert J. Sampson. 2018. “What They Don’t Know Says A Lot: Residents’ Knowledge of Neighborhood Crime in Contemporary China.”  Journal of Quantitative Criminology 35(3): 607-629
  • Yang, Tse-Chuan, Lei Lei, and Aysenur Kurtulus. 2018. “Neighborhood ethnic density and self-rated health: Investigating the mechanisms through social capital and health behaviors.” Health & Place 53: 193-202 [PMCID: PMC6172945].
  • Yang, Tse-Chuan, I-Chien Chen, Seulki Kim, and Seung-won Choi. 2018. “Differential investments and opportunities: How do neighborhood conditions moderate the relationship between perceived housing discrimination and social capital?” Social Science Research 72: 69-83 [PMCID: PMC5886033].
2017 Articles
  • Dreby, Joanna, Gowoon Jung and Rachel Sullivan. 2017. "At the Nexus of Work and Family: Family Farms in Upstate New York." Journal of Rural Studies 49:151-61. doi:
  • Friedman, Samantha, Joseph Gibbons, Colleen E Wynn and Recai Yucel. 2017. "Muslim/Non-Muslim Locational Attainment in Philadelphia: A New Fault Line in Residential Inequality?". doi:
  • Gubernskaya, Zoya and Zequn Tang. 2017. "Just Like in Their Home Country? A Multinational Perspective on Living Arrangements of Older Immigrants in the United States." Demography 54(5):1973-98. doi:
  • Huang, Ying, Scott J South and Amy Spring. 2017. "Racial Differences in Neighborhood Attainment: The Contributions of Interneighborhood Migration and in Situ Change." Demography 54(5):1819-43. doi:
  • Napierala, Jeffrey and Nancy Denton. 2017. "Measuring Residential Segregation with the ACS: How the Margin of Error Affects the Dissimilarity Index." Demography 54(1):285-309. doi:
2016 Articles
  • Berman, Elizabeth Popp and Abby Stivers. 2016. "Student Loans as a Pressure on Us Higher Education." Pp. 129-60 in The University under Pressure: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Lachmann, Richard and Abby Stivers. 2016. "The Culture of Sacrifice in Conscript and Volunteer Militaries: The Us Medal of Honor from the Civil War to Iraq, 1861-2014." American Journal of Cultural Sociology 4(3):323-58. doi:
  • Lei, Lei and Scott J South. 2016. "Racial and Ethnic Differences in Leaving and Returning to the Parental Home: The Role of Life Course Transitions, Socioeconomic Resources, and Family Connectivity." Demographic research 34:109. doi:
  • McCabe, Joshua T and Elizabeth Popp Berman. 2016. "American Exceptionalism Revisited: Tax Relief, Poverty Reduction, and the Politics of Child Tax Credits." Sociological Science 3:540-67. doi:
  • South, Scott J, Ying Huang, Amy Spring and Kyle Crowder. 2016. "Neighborhood Attainment over the Adult Life Course." American sociological review 81(6):1276-304. doi: