Acton Jiashi Feng

Acton Jiashi Feng

Graduate Student


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Acton Jiashi Feng is a Ph.D. student of sociology at UCLA. He studies family issues taking a cultural and demographic perspective. His previous research examined educational assortative mating in contemporary China. Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, some of his current projects investigate (1) how regional categories shape social relations, (2) the regional variation of culture, (3) the consequence of educational assortative mating in fertility behavior, (4) the (reverse) socialization of gender attitudes.


  • M.A. in Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2020
  • B.A. in Sociology, UW Madison, 2018

Fields of Study

Cultural sociology, family sociology, social stratification, mixed methods.


  • Acton Jiashi Feng. 2022. “Revisiting Horizontal Stratification in Higher Education: College Prestige Hierarchy and Educational Assortative Mating in China.” Demography, 59(1):349–369.

Awards & Grants

  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award, UCLA, 2022.
  • Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award, UCLA, 2021.
  • Maroon Scholar Research Award, University of Chicago, 2019.
  • Alfred Reschke Social Science Scholarship, UW Madison, 2018.
  • Bromley Research Conference Travel Grant, UW Madison, 2018.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2018.


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