Social Sciences

Lei LEI
Research Interests: social determinants of health, family dynamics, and social inequality in different societies, including China, India, and the U.S.

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Lei Lei is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She studies social determinants of health, family dynamics, and social inequality in different societies, including China, India, and the U.S. One line of her research seeks to understand how social factors, such as residential context, working conditions, family dynamics, and gender roles, get under the skin to produce and perpetuate health inequalities. Another strand of her research investigates contemporary changes in family behaviors in different societies undergoing social, economic, and demographic transitions. Currently, she employs longitudinal data from the Indian Human Development Survey to analyze how the health of wives and children changes after male out-migration and whether the health effects depend on remittances, duration of migration, and frequency of home visit.

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