Siwei Cheng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at New York University.
Cheng received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Public Policy (2015) and M.A. in Statistics (2012) from the University of Michigan, where she was also trained at the Population Studies Center. She received B.A. in Economics and B.Sc. in Statistics (2009) from Peking University, China. Prior to coming to NYU, Cheng was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCLA (2015-2016).
Cheng's research focuses mainly on four areas:
1. Stratification and mobility. How inequality gets produced and reproduced over the life course and across generations.
2. Work and family. How work and family interacts to shape individuals' behavior and attainment, and how individuals work trajectories are linked by family and other social relations.
3. Social networks. The structural effect of social context on the formation of social networks; how networks shape the stratification and mobility in the labor market.
4. Quantitative methodology. Causal inference in cross-sectional and longitudinal data; discrete choice models, network analysis.
Cheng's work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.