Kristin Liao

Kristin Liao

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I am a PhD student in Sociology, a Master’s student in Statistics, a predoctoral trainee at the California Center for Population Research (CCPR) and a graduate student affiliate with the Social Inequality Data Science Lab (SIDS-lab). Being trained as a social demographer, my research focuses on the stratification and mobility of immigrants and other sociodemographic minorities, with a particular interest in inequalities in the labor market and higher education.  My recent publication (coauthored with Prof. Andres Villarreal) examines the unequal effects of the COVID-19 epidemic on immigrants’ employment by race/ethnicity and gender.

I am currently studying 1) the heterogeneous returns to education among immigrant workers in the US labor market, 2) immigrant integration from the perspective of daily time use, and 3) gender difference in nighttime use related to social inequality.


M.A. Sociology, UCLA, 2022

LL.B. Sociology (Distinguished), Fudan University, 2020

Fields of Study

Stratification and Inequality, International Migration, Demography, Quantitative Methods


Liao, Kristin and André​s Villarreal. 2022. “Unequal Effects of the COVID-19 Epidemic on Employment: Differences by Race/Ethnicity and Immigrant Status”. PLoS One. 17(11): e0277005.

Awards & Grants

California Center for Population Research Predoctoral Traineeship (NICHD Traineeship), 2023-2024

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2023

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2023

Silton Undergraduate Research Mentor Award 2022

UCLA Sociology Service Award 2022

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2022

Pearl Wang Fellowship, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2021-2022

UCLA Grad Division Fellowship, 2020-2021