I am interested in understanding how gender intersects with family and population processes, such as assortative mating, divisions of labor, parenthood, and migration, to shape individual well-being and societal inequality.

My current research focuses on two themes in the American and East Asian contexts. First, I seek to understand how changing gender roles influence assortative mating (i.e., who marries whom). In particular, I am interested in examining the consequences of the reversal of the gender gap in educational attainment for marriage patterns. In a second area of research, I seek to understand how family and population processes, such as divisions of labor, family relations, and immigration, perpetuate gender inequality in various domains. By adopting an international perspective, my research investigates how gendered outcomes in the family domain are shaped by cultural and institutional contexts, such as gender inequality in the labor market and normative expectations about men’s and women’s family roles.



Yavorsky, Jill E., Philip N. Cohen, and Yue Qian. (Forthcoming). “Man Up, Man Down: Race-ethnicity and the Hierarchy of Men in Female-dominated Work.” The Sociological Quarterly.

Qian, Yue and Liana C. Sayer. (2016). “Division of Labor, Gender Ideology, and Marital Satisfaction in East Asia.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 78(2), 383-400

Qian, Yue and Chris Knoester. (2015). “Parental Status and Subjective Well-being among Currently Married Individuals in China.” Journal of Family Issues, 36(10), 1351-1376.

Qian, Yue and Zhenchao Qian. (2015). “Work, Family, and Gendered Happiness among Married People in Urban China.” Social Indicators Research, 121(1), 61-74.

Fan, Wen and Yue Qian. (2015). “Long-Term Health and Socioeconomic Consequences of Early-Life Exposure to the 1959-61 Chinese Famine.” Social Science Research, 49, 53-69.

Jin, Yongai, Yue Qian, and Wei Chen. (2015). “Family Economic Status and Fertility Behaviors: The Moderating Role of Contextual Factors.” Population & Development, 21(2), 72-83. (in Chinese)

Qian, Yue and Zhenchao Qian. (2014). “Gender Divide in Urban China: Singlehood and Assortative Mating by Age and Education.” Demographic Research, 31, 1337-1364.

Winter 2017

SOCI320 Diversity in Family Forms Sections

An examination of diversity within and between families and of diverse family forms.

Winter 2017

SOCI418A Social Statistics II - SOCIAL STATS II Sections

Primary emphasis on applications of statistical techniques to data in Sociology.

Winter 2017

SOCI415A Theories of Family and Kinship - FAMILY & KINSHIP Sections

Theoretical approaches to the study of the family and family forms.



The core of my teaching philosophy is to foster curiosity, critical thinking, and confidence in students.

I will be teaching Theories of Family and Kinship, Social Statistics II, and Diversity in Family Forms at the University of British Columbia.

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Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.A., The Ohio State University
B.A., Renmin University of China


I have a strong commitment to conveying academic research to a wider audience. I am also passionate about promoting gender equality by helping the general public see and understand gender inequality in the public and private domains.

I am the primary founder, editor, and contributor of a public account “Ms-Muses (缪斯夫人)” on WeChat (China’s largest social media platform). I write research-based commentaries on gender and family issues. The number of account subscribers has reached 20,000 and is still growing.