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Faculty and Staff Profile

Ye Luo


Office: 130G Brackett Hall

Phone: 656-4209


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Educational Background

Ph.D. Sociology
Tulane University 1999

M.S. Information Management
Peking University 1991

M.A. Sociology
Tulane University 1994

B.S. Information Science
Peking University 1988

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology (undergraduate)
Methods of Social Research I (undergraduate)
Methods of Social Research II (undergraduate)
Population Issues and Methods (undergraduate/graduate)
Social Science Data Analysis (undergraduate)
Survey Designs for Applied Social Research (graduate)
Quantitative Research Methods I (graduate)
Quantitative Research Methods II/Advanced Research Methods (graduate)
Resources and Data Management Issues in Survey Research (graduate)


Dr. Luo is a professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at Clemson University. Dr. Luo is also a research associate at Clemson University's Institute for Engaged Aging. Her recent research primarily focuses on three interrelated areas: social determinants of health, social dynamics of aging, and sexual behavior and sexual health. Her research examines the relationship between socioeconomic status and health over the life course, and whether these relationships can be generalized to different populations and different societies. Her work examines how life transitions in old age, such as retirement, grandparenting, and living arrangements, and life events, such as elder abuse and mistreatment, affect health and well-being of older adults. Her research is particularly interested in how social services and social support at individual, community and societal levels modify these relationships. Dr. Luo has also conducted research on the determinants and consequences of changing sexual attitudes and behaviors in China. One of her current projects attempts to identify the mechanisms that explain the effects of loneliness on health and mortality. Another project looks at the relationship between perceived discrimination and health.

Research Interests

Social Demography, Social Gerontology, Life Course and Health, Work and Family, Chinese Societies, Quantitative Methods

Research Publications

Research Publications since 2011:

Zhang, Lingling, Ye Luo, Yao Zhang, Xi Pan, Dandan Zhao*, and Qing Wang. 2022. “Green space, air pollution, weather and cognitive function in middle and old age in China.” Frontiers in Public Health 10: 871104.

Pan, Xi, Ye Luo and Nicholas Joseph Bishop. 2022. “Cognitive function among noncustodial grandparents in China and the United States: A cross-national perspective.” The International Journal of Aging and Human Development.” 95(1):18-41.

Luo, Ye. 2021. “Own health, spousal health and transitions in loneliness among middle-aged and older adults in China.” Ageing and Society, 1-27. Online First Article.

Luo, Ye. 2020. “Achieved status.” Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition, Edited by George Ritzer, Wiley.

Luo, Ye. 2020. “Neighborhood social environment and health.” Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging, edited by Danan Gu and Matthew E. Dupre, Spinger.

Luo, Ye, Lingling Zhang and Xi Pan. 2019. “Neighborhood environments and cognitive decline among middle-aged and older people in China.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 74(7): e60-71.

Luo, Ye, Xi Pan, and Zhenmei Zhang. 2019. “Productive activities and cognitive decline among older adults in China: Evidence from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study.” Social Science & Medicine 229: 96-105.

Liu, Jing, Ye Luo, William Haller, Brenda Vander Mey, and Ellen Granberg. 2018. “Neighborhood environments and self-rated health in Mainland China, Japan and South Korea.” PLoS ONE 13(9): e0204910.

Pan, Xi, Ye Luo, and Amy Roberts. 2018. “Secondhand smoke and women’s cognitive function in China.” American Journal of Epidemiology 187(5): 911-918. (Published with an invited commentary and author’s response)

Pan, Xi, Ye Luo, and Amy Roberts. 2018. “Respond to ‘Secondhand smoke and cognitive decline’” American Journal of Epidemiology 187(5): 922-923.

Luo, Ye. 2016. “Gender and job satisfaction in urban China: The role of individual, family, and job characteristics.” Social Indicators Research 125(1): 289-309.

Yates, Adam, Ye Luo, Catherine Mobley, and Erin Shealy. 2015. "Changes in public and private environmentally responsible behaviors by gender: Findings from the 1994 and 2010 General Social Survey." Sociological Inquiry 85: 503-531.

Shakona, Maloud Y., Kenneth Backman, Sheila Backman, William Norman, Ye Luo, and Lauren Duffy. 2015. "Understanding the traveling behavior of Muslims in the United States." International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research 9(1): 22-35.

Luo, Ye, Zhenmei Zhang, and Danan Gu. 2015. "Education and mortality among older adults in China." Social Science & Medicine 127 (Special Issue): 134-142.

Zhang, Zhenmei, Danan Gu, and Ye Luo. 2014. "Coresidence with elderly parents in contemporary China: The role of filial piety, reciprocity, socioeconomic resources, and parental needs." Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 29(3): 259-276.

Luo, Ye and Linda J. Waite. 2014. "Loneliness and mortality among older adults in China." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 69(4): 633-645.

Nie, Lulu, Ye Luo, William M. Wentworth, and Douglas K. Sturkie. 2014. Gender, family, socioeconomic status, and work values in China." American International Journal of Social Science 3(2): 53-64.

Luo, Ye, Tracey A. LaPierre, Mary Elizabeth Hughes, and Linda J. Waite. 2012. "Grandparents providing care to grandchildren: A population-based study of continuity and change." Journal of Family Issues 33(9): 1143-1167.

Luo, Ye, Louise Hawkley, Linda Waite, and John Cacioppo. 2012. "Loneliness, health, and mortality in old age: A national longitudinal study." Social Science & Medicine 74(6): 907-914.

Luo, Ye, Jun Xu, Ellen Granberg, and William M. Wentworth. 2012. "A longitudinal study of social status, perceived discrimination, and physical and emotional health among older adults." Research on Aging 34(3): 275-301.

Konetzka, R. Tamara and Ye Luo. 2011. "Explaining laps in long-term care insurance markets." Health Economics 20(10): 1169-1183.

Luo, Ye and Linda Waite. 2011. "Mistreatment and psychological well-being among older adults: Exploring the role of psychosocial resources and deficits." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 66B(2): S217-S229.

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards since 2011

2022 Clemson University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award
2021 Nominated for Clemson CBSHS’s Excellence in Graduate Student Advising/Mentoring award
2020 Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society full membership
2020 GSA Fellow awarded by Gerontological Society of America
2016 Highly Commended Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence

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