Resume Yunsong Chen


Yunsong Chen is a Changjiang Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Nanjing University. He earned his DPhil in sociology from University of Oxford, Nuffield College. From 2017 to 2020 he served as the Chinese Co-director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. His research interest broardly lies in analytical sociology, computational social science, advanced quantitative methodology, social capital and networks, and big data in social science. His recent academic work has appeared in leading sociological journals including British Journal of Sociology, Social Networks, Social Science Research, Poetics, and Social Science & Medicine, as well as first tier Chinese journals. He was awarded the Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award by the Lu Xueyi Sociology Development Foundation. His newer research agenda extends his earlier research to broader fields with novel data extracted from enormous volumes of digitized data (e.g., Google Books N-gram corpus, Baidu Search Engine, Sina-Microblog, Complete Tang Poetry, to name a few) and machine learning method to conduct quantitative sociological analysis.


Refereed Articles in English Journals  (* corresponding author)

  • He, Guangye, Yunsong Chen*, Senhu Wang, Yiqun Dong, Guodong Ju and Buwei Chen. 2020. “PM2.5 Exposure and Depression: The Use of Baidu Search Data as Proxy of Depression in China.” Dose Response. (forthcoming)
  • Zhang, Liangliang, Guangye He, Annan Shi, and Yunsong Chen*. 2020. “Migration Status, Emotional Engagement and Social Exclusion in Chinese Schools.” Journal of Adolescence 80:192-203
  • Chen, Yunsong*, Fei Yan, Guangye He, and Wei Yan. 2020. “The Werther Effect Revisited: Do Suicides in Books Predict Actual Suicides?” Poetics 81(forthcoming)
  • He, Guangye, Xiaoshan Lin, Guodong Ju, and Yunsong Chen. 2020. “Mapping Public Concerns of Electronic Cigarettes in China.” Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 52:1,13-19
  • Chen Yunsong*, Guangye He, Buwei Chen, Senhu Wang, Guodong Ju, and Ting Ge. 2020. “The Association between PM2.5 Exposure and Suicidal Ideation: A prefectural panel study.” BMC Public Health 20:293.
  • Chen, Yunsong, Guangye He, and Shuanglong Li. 2019. “Guanxi Networking, Associational Involvement, and Political Trust in Contemporary China.” Journal of Contemporary China 29(125): 714-730.
  • Chen, Yunsong* and Xiaoguang Fan. 2019. “Subjective Social Status, Income Inequality and Subjective Perceptions of Mobility (2003-2013).” Social Science in China 40(3):70-88.
  • Li Shuanglong, Yunsong Chen*, and Guangye He. 2019. “Mapping Public Concerns about Class Immobility in China.” Social Indicators Research 144(2): 745-765.
  • Yan, Fei, Guangye He, and Yunsong Chen*. 2018. “The Health Consequences of Social Mobility in Contemporary China” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15(12):2644.
  • Chen, Yunsong*, and Fei Yan. 2018. “International Visibility as Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment: An empirical study of Chinese provinces.” Social Science Research 76:23-39.
  • Li, Shuanglong, Yunsong Chen*, and Guangye He. 2018. “Laugh and Grow Fat: Happiness affects body mass index among urban Chinese adults.” Social Science & Medicine 208:55-63.
  • Chen, Yunsong*, and Mark Williams. 2018. “Subjective Social Status in Transitioning China: Trends and determinants.” Social Science Quarterly 99(1):406-422.
  • He, Guangye, Yunsong Chen*, Buwei Chen, Hao Wang, Li Shen, Liu Liu, Deji Suolang, Boyang Zhang, Guodong Ju, Liangliang Zhang, Sijia Du, Xiangxue Jiang, Yu Pan, and Zuntao Min. 2018. “Using the Baidu Index to Predict the Incidents of HIV/AIDS in China.” Scientific Reports 8 (1): 9038.
  • Chen, Yunsong*, Fei Yan, and Yi Zhang. 2017. “Local Name, Global Fame: The International Visibility of Chinese Cities in Modern Times.” Urban Studies 54(11):2652–2668.
  • Chen, Yunsong* and Yi Zhang. 2016. “The Inequality Effects of Urbanization and Social Integration.” Social Science in China 37(4): 117-135.
  • Liu,Weifeng, Yunsong Chen* and Yanjie Bian. 2017, “Occupational Interactions and Income Level.” Journal of Chinese Sociology 4:3.
  • Chen, Yunsong, and Beate Völker. 2016. “Social Capital and Homophily Both Matter for Labor Market Outcomes.” Social Networks 45:18-31.
  • Chen, Yunsong*, and Fei Yan. 2016. “Economic Performance and Public Concerns about Social Class in 20th Century Books.” Social Science Research 59:37-51.
  • Chen, Yunsong*, and Mark Williams. 2016. “Subjective Wellbeing in the New China: Religion, social capital, and social status.” British Journal of Sociology 67(4):719-46.
  • Chen, Yunsong*, and Fei Yan. 2016. “Centuries of Sociology in Millions of Books.” Sociological Review 64(4):872–93.
  • Chen, Yunsong and Xiaoguang Fan. 2015. “Discordance between Subjective and Objective Social Status in Contemporary China.” Journal of Chinese Sociology, 2:14
  • Chen, Yunsong*. 2012. “Do Networks Pay off Among Internal Migrants in China: An instrumental variable analysis.” Chinese Sociological Review 45(1):28-55
  • Chen, Yunsong*. 2011. “The Causal Effect of Social Capital in the Labor Market: Identification challenges and strategies.” Chinese Sociological Review 44(2):76-100.

Selected Chinese Articles


Books and Translation Works

Chen, Yunsong, Guangye He and Fei Yan, 2021. Understanding China Through Big Data: Applications of Theory-oriented Quantitative Approaches, Routledge.

Chen, Yunsong, and Jiankun Liu, 2021. Subjective Social Staus among the Chinese, Nanjing University Press

Chen, Yunsong.2020. New Perspectives of Guanxi Social Capital,  Nanjing University Press

陈云松等译:《牛津社会学词典》(第四版),商务印书馆(2021)Original work: Oxford Dictionary of Sociology (4TH Edition), John Scott (ed.) Oxford University Press

陈云松等译:《解析社会:分析社会学原理》,南京大学出版社 (2010)Original work: Peter Hedström, 2005, Dissecting the Social: On the Principles of Analytical Sociology, Cambridge University Press


Selected Professional Service

Member of International Advisory Board, Sociology (Flagship journal of British Sociological Association) 2021-

Member of Editorial Board, Chinese Sociological Review 2021-

Member of Editorial Board, Social Science Research 2020-

Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Social Computing 2020-

Member of Executive Editorial Board, Journal of Chinese Sociology 2020-

Editor-in-chief,《中国研究》China Studies 2020-

Vice Secretary-General, Chinese Sociological Association 2020-