Fourth annual freshman orientation to social science
Date & Time:
Friday Sept. 3, 9-11am (CST)
Thurs Sept. 2, 9-11pm (EST)
Link to register: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3w7ZGZGNACZqGQm
Organized by the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, DKU
This event is open to DKU community members only.
9am: Welcome, CSCC Co-Directors
9:05am: Doing social science with surveys – Yu Wang
9:45am: Doing social science with big data – Charles Chang
10:20am: Doing social science with fieldwork – Keping Wu with students Zhiye Ding, Rudy Lu, Yutong Shi, Sally Wang and Xiaomeng Yan
11:05am: Wrap up
Yu Wang, assistant professor of social science, has a B.Sc. and M.S. in sociology from Renmin University and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on the role of intermarriage and individual achievement as pathways to social mobility in China. A second line of her research focuses on sexuality and reproductive behavior in the United States. Her current project is about the interaction between demographic changes and assortative mating in contemporary China. Her articles have appeared in journals including Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, American Journal of Public Health, and Contraception.
Charles Chang, assistant professor of environment and urban studies, has a B.A. from Beijing Normal University and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was the 2016-17 postdoctoral fellow in Chinese studies at Stanford and as the 2018-19 postdoctoral associate in Chinese studies at Yale. His research focuses on the design of the built environment and on how the study of such environment is affected by the quality of information and the rise of communication technologies in contemporary China. Broadly speaking, his research addresses issues in the use of big data and computational methods in social science and in certain aspects of the humanities. His articles have appeared in journals including Landscape and Urban Planning, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Political Analysis, and Journal of Chinese History.
Keping Wu, associate professor of anthropology, was educated at Peking University and received her Ph.D. from Boston University. Her research focuses on the making and crossing of ethnic, spiritual, gender and urban-rural boundaries in China and the United States. Her articles have appeared in journals including Modern China, Journal of Asian Studies, and Current Anthropology. Her most recent publication is a co-edited book, “It Happens Among People: Resonances and Extensions of the Work of Fredrik Barth” (Berghahn, 2019).
Zhiye Ding is a rising junior majoring in culture and movements (sociology track). He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology after graduation.
Rudy Lu is a rising senior. She is from Taiwan and majors in media and arts (creative practice track). She hopes to pursue a master’s in religious studies or anthropology after graduation.
Yutong Shi is a rising sophomore. She is yet to declare her major. She is mainly responsible for information collecting and fieldwork in Keping Wu’s summer research project: Mapping Temples in Kunshan: Urbanization and Transitions.
Sally Wang is a rising junior majoring in culture and movements (cultural anthropology track). She hopes to pursue a master’s in anthropology/development studies after graduation.
Xiaomeng Yan is a rising junior majoring in global culture studies (world literature track). She is interested in culture studies and anthropology.