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Faculty and Staff Profile

Ye Luo

Associate Professor

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 an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Clemson University. Dr. Luo is also a research affiliate at the National Opinion Research Center/ University of Chicago. She serves on the Committee on Sociological Practice of the Southern Sociological Society. 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

Publications since 2008:

Pan, Xi, Ye Luo, and Amy Roberts. “Secondhand smoke and women’s cognitive function in China.” American Journal of Epidemiology, forthcoming.

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.

Wang, Tianfu, William L. Parish, Edward O. Laumann, and Ye Luo. 2009. “Partner violence and sexual jealousy in China: A population-based survey.” Violence Against Women 15(7):774-798.

Waite, Linda J., Ye Luo, and Alisa C. Lewin. 2009. “Marital happiness and marital stability: Consequences for psychological well-being.” Social Science Research 38(1):201-212.

Luo, Ye, William L. Parish, Edward O. Laumann. 2008. “A population-based study of childhood sexual contact in China.” Child Abuse & Neglect 32(7):721-731.