Yao Lu

Yao Lu

Professor Lu received her MS in public health and PhD in sociology from UCLA. Her research focuses on how migration intersects with social and political processes in China. Her current work examines how migration affects the political consciousness and collective action of people who remain in rural China, how the feminization of migration reconfigures gender attitudes and practices in rural areas, and how the migration of parents shapes family dynamics and the well-being of left-behind children.

Professor Lu’s recent publications on China include “Female Migration, Cultural Context, and Son Preference in Rural China,” Population Research and Policy Review (2015); “Emigration from China in Comparative Perspective,” Social Forces (2013); “From General Discrimination to Segmented Inequality: Migration and Inequality in Urban China,” Social Science Research (2013); “Social Capital and Economic Integration of Migrants in Urban China,” Social Networks (2013); “Academic and Psychological Well-being of Migrant Children in China: School Segregation and Segmented Assimilation,” Comparative Education Review (2013); and “Education of Children Left Behind in Rural China,” Journal of Marriage and Family (2012).