Ning Hsieh

Ning  Hsieh
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Sociology
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2014
  • 406 Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI 48823
  • 517-353-9505


Ning Hsieh


Ning Hsieh is an assistant professor of sociology at Michigan State University. Her research broadly concerns health and healthcare disparities faced by sexual minorities and older adults in the U.S. and across national contexts. Much of her work examines how structural issues (e.g., prejudice and discrimination) shape individuals’ social networks and relationship quality, and how access to social resources are linked to health and well-being. Her recent studies also investigate the impact of intersecting identities, including sexual, gender, and racial identities, on health and healthcare access. Hsieh’s research appears in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior,Demography, Health Affairs, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences,American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and other peer-reviewed journals and book volumes. Her research was recognized by the dissertation award from the ASA Sociology of Mental Health Section in 2015. Before joining MSU, Hsieh was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. She received her doctoral degree in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.


  • Center for Gender in Global Context
  • Diversity Research Network


Hsieh, Ning, and Hui Liu. Forthcoming. “Bisexuality, union status, and gender composition of the couple: Reexamining marital advantage in health” Demography

Hsieh, Ning, and Linda Waite. 2019. “Disability, psychological well-being, and social interaction among older adults in China.” Research on Aging41(4): 362-389

Wong, Jaclyn, and Ning Hsieh. 2019. “Functional status, cognition, and social relationships in dyadic perspective.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 74(4): 703-714

Hsieh, Ning, and Louise Hawkley. 2018. “Loneliness in the older adult marriage: Associations with dyadic aversion, indifference, and ambivalence.” Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 35(10): 1319-1338

Hsieh, Ning and Matt Ruther. 2017. “Despite increased insurance coverage, nonwhite sexual minorities still experience disparities in access to care.” Health Affairs 36(10): 1786-1794

Hsieh, Ning. 2017. “A global perspective on religious participation and suicide.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 58(3): 322-339

Hsieh, Ning, and Matt Ruther. 2016. “Sexual minority health and health risk factors: Intersection effects of gender, race, and sexual identity.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 50(6): 746-755

Hsieh, Ning. 2015. “Economic security, social cohesion, and depression disparities in post-transition societies: A comparison of older adults in China and Russia.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 56(4): 534-551