Kristin Liao

Kristin Liao

Graduate Student

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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). Interested in both formal and social demography, I study the social stratification and mobility of immigrants and other sociodemographic minorities, with a particular interest in inequalities in the labor market and families.  For example, one of my work (coauthored with Prof. Andres Villarreal) examined the unequal effects of the COVID-19 epidemic on immigrants’ employment by race/ethnicity and gender.


M.A. Sociology, UCLA, 2022

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

Fields of Study

Demography, Social Stratification and Inequality, Immigrants in the US, Quantitative Methods


I am currently studying 1) the heterogeneous returns to education among immigrant workers in the US labor market, 2) the effect of immigration on Mexican workers’ occupational status, 3) assortative mating patterns by intergenerational mobility trajectory,  4) gender disparity in nighttime use revealing “nighttime scare” that restricts women’s nighttime activities, and 5) immigrant integration from the perspective of daily time use patterns.


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

UCLA Sociology Excellence in Teaching Award, 2023

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


Jennie Brand, Andres Villarreal


Natasha Quadlin

Acton Feng, Shichao Du

Yvonne Carrillo, Tate Kihara