Ning Hsieh

Ning  Hsieh
  • Associate 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’s research broadly concerns health, sexuality, aging, and social relationships. Their current work examines health and health care inequities faced by sexual minority and older populations in two focal areas: (1) how structural inequalities influence health and well-being through shaping social networks and relationship quality, and (2) the impact of intersecting social positions and identities, particularly sexuality, gender, and race/ethnicity, on health and health care experiences. Dr. Hsieh’s research appears in Demography, Gerontologist, Health Affairs, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Journal of Marriage and Family, LGBT Health, Society and Mental Health, and other peer-reviewed journals and book volumes. Their scholarship has been recognized by awards from the American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and IPUMS. They have also received the 2022 Teacher-Scholar Award at Michigan State University. Before joining MSU, Dr. Hsieh was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. They received their doctoral degree in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.


  • Center for Gender in Global Context
  • Diversity Research Network


 Hsieh, Ning, and stef m. shuster (equal authorship). 2021. “Health and healthcare of sexual and gender minorities” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 62(3):318–333

 Hsieh, Ning, Hui Liu, and Wenhua Lai. 2021. “Elevated risk of cognitive impairment among older sexual minorities: Do health conditions, health behaviors, and social connections matter?” Gerontologist 61(3):352–362

 Hsieh, Ning, and Hui Liu. 2021. “Social relationships and loneliness in late adulthood: Disparities by sexual orientation” Journal of Marriage and Family 83(1):57–74

 Hsieh, Ning, and Jaclyn Wong. 2020. “Social networks in later life: Similarities and differences between sexual-minority and heterosexual older adults” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. (open access)

 Hsieh, Ning, and Hui Liu. 2019. “Bisexuality, union status, and gender composition of the couple: Reexamining marital advantage in health” Demography 56(5): 1791-1825

 Hsieh, Ning, and Linda Waite. 2019. “Disability, psychological well-being, and social interaction among older adults in China.” Research on Aging 41(4): 362-389

 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

 Hsieh, Ning. 2014. “Explaining the mental health disparity by sexual orientation: The importance of social resources.” Society and Mental Health 4(2): 129-146