316 Berkey Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
I was born and grew up in the most populous country in the world, China. I received my undergraduate and graduate education in Nankai University and acquired both the B.A. and M.A. in Economics there. My interests in social and population issues led to my pursuit of a doctoral training in sociological and demographic research in the University of Texas at Austin, where I acquired a M.S. in Statistics in 2007 and a Ph.D in sociology and demography in 2008. After years of rigorous training, my fascination with social and population research remains. To fulfill my interests, I joined the Department of Sociology at the Michigan State University in 2008 as an assistant professor to continue my research and teaching in sociology and population studies.
My current research interests specialize in marriage and family, health/mortality disparities, social demography and quantitative methodology. Within theses broad areas of interests, I have been devoted to developing, testing and promoting scientific understanding about marriage and family processes related to population health and well-being using innovative quantitative methods. My interests in marriage also extend to other “marriage-like” intimate relationships such as heterosexual and homosexual cohabitation relationships and how they are related to individuals’ health and well-being. My research has been published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science Research, Structural Equation Modeling and etc.
My studies on marriage and health/mortality trends have been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, ABC News, Fox News, CBS News, The Times of India, People’s Daily, China Daily, Iran Daily, etc.
Watch a discussion of my research on marriage and mortality.
- Health and mortality disparities related to marriage and family.
- Marriage, Cohabitation, Same-sex relationships, Work-family conflict, Parenthood.
- Health and mortality, Family demography.
Liu, Hui and Daniel A. Powers. 2007. “Growth Curve Models for Zero-Inflated Count Data: An Empirical Application to Smoking Behavior.” Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal 14(2): 247-279.
Liu, Hui and Debra Umberson. 2008. “The Times They Are A Changin’: Marital Status and Health Differentials From 1972 to 2003.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 49:239-253.