I am Professor in the Division of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. My research focuses on stratification and inequality, especially in China and in comparative perspective.
With other members of the Lee-Campbell group, I am conducting a study of the Qing civil service and the careers of civil officials by construction and analysis of a database of office holders based on the Jinshenlu (缙绅录) and related sources, and participating in other group projects related to the study of the origins of educational elites in China from the Qing to the present. I am involved in two other major projects with the Lee-Campbell Group that involve the creation and analysis of large, longitudinal, individual-level databases from archival records: a study of the social origins and careers of university students, professionals, and other elites in the first half of the twentieth century and a study of rural society in mainland China from 1949 to the mid-1960s using village-level microdata. I continue research on kinship, inequality, and demographic behavior in China and in comparative perspective using large multi-generational population databases that we have constructed, most notably the the China Multigenerational Panel Datasets (CMGPD). In connection with this, I have published on a wide variety of related topics, including economic, family and social influences on demographic outcomes such as birth, marriage, migration, and death, fertility limitation in historical China, and the role of kin networks in shaping social mobility. Related books were published by MIT Press and Cambridge University Press.
I was named a Changjiang Scholar by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China in 2017, nominated by Central China Normal University, where I am a Changjiang Scholar Professor (長江學者講座教授). I was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004. My papers have appeared in such journals as American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Demography, Population Studies, and Demographic Research.
Some links related to personal interests and experiences:
- My photography website. My favorite subjects include
- A reminisce and reflection on my time as an undergraduate at Caltech many years ago.
- An essay about the origins of my interest in conducting research on China.
- A summary of my interests, including listening to jazz, electronic, alternative and classical music, reading mystery novels, and hiking.
- My profile at Bandcamp, where I buy a lot of music. I buy more music than I probably should at Bandcamp.
- My sister Kellas Campbell’s art, which focuses on minimalist representations of cats and other animals.