WANG Hongyu
Associate Professor & Head

Office: E21-3025
Telephone: (+853) 8822 8840

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D in Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania.

M.A. in Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

B.A. in Library Science, Peking University 1995.

    Research Interests

    ● The role of social capital and cultural capital in the creation of human capital among youth in China and Macau.

    ● The study of civil society in China and Macau

    ● Gene-environmental interaction in predicting youth behavior

    Research Projects

    2015-2018  "A panel study of parental involvement, parenting style and adolescent development in a changing Chinese society". 

    2011- 2013 Multiple Year Research Grant “Youth Associational Participation, Internet Use and Online Political Participation” A case in China, Macau and Taiwan.

    2009 - 2014 Hong Kong Adolescents and Youth Longitudinal Study (HK-AYLS) Chinese Project Title: 香港青少年追蹤研究. Co-PI

    2008 - 2010 “Cultural capital and social capital in the creation of human capital among Macau Adolescents”.

    2007 - 2008 “The Effects of the Prosperity of the Gaming Industry on College Enrollment in Macau”

    Selected Publications

    ● Wang, Hongyu & Tianji Cai “Parental Involvement, Adolescents’ Inner Motivational Resources, and Academic Achievement: A Case in Urban China”. International Journal of Psychology, forthcoming. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12188

    ● Guo Guang, et al. Wang, Hongyu“A natural experiment of peer influences on youth alcohol use" Social Science Research 52 (2015) 193–207.

    ● Guo Guang, et al. Wang, Hongyu“Peer Influence, Genetic Propensity, and Binge Drinking: A Natural Experiment and a Replication”. American Journal of SociologyNovember 2015 issue (vol. 121, no. 3).

    Wang, Hongyu “The Relationship between Parenting Styles and Academic and Behavioral Adjustment in Urban Chinese Adolescents”. Chinese Sociological Review, 2014 Summer, vol. 46, no. 4, Summer 2014, pp. 19–40.

    Wang, Hongyu and Eva P.W. Hung (2012). “Associational participation and political involvement inMacau: A path analysis”. Issues and studies, V48: 191-212. .

    Wang, Hongyu ( 2011-2012 Winter). “The Effects of Cultural Capital on Educational Aspirations among Adolescents in Macau”. Chinese Sociological Review, V44, 52-75.

    Wang, Hongyu, Miosi Kong, Wenjing Shan and SouKuanVong (2010). “The Effects of Doing Part-time jobs on College Student Academic Performance and Social Life in a Chinese Society.” Journal of Education and Work 23: 79-94.

    ● Guo, Guang, Tianji Cai, Rui Guo, Hongyu Wang and Kathleen M. Harris. (2010). “The Dopamine Transporter Gene, a Spectrum of Most Common Risky Behaviors, and the Legal Status of the Behaviors.” PLoS ONE 5(2): e9352. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009352.

    Wang, Hongyu and Grace Kao (2007). “Does Higher Socioeconomic Status Increase Contact between Minorities and Whites An Examination of International Romantic Relationships among Adolescents.” Social Science Quarterly 88: 146-164.

    ● Wang, Hongyu, Grace and Kara Joyner (2006). “Stability of Interracial and Intraracial Romantic Relationships.” Social Science Research 35: 435-453.

    ● Wang, Hongyu, Furstenberg, Frank F., Waller and Maureen R. (2003). "The Well-Being Of California’s Children." Public Policy Institute of California.

    ● Wang, Hongyu and Paul R. Amato (2000). “Predictors of Divorce Adjustment: Stressor Resources, and Definitions.” Journal of Marriage and the Family 62: 655-668.

    Article Reviews

    American Journal of Sociology

    Social Science Research Issues and Studies

    Journal of Education and Work

    Chinese Sociological Review

    Professional Membership:

    Population Association of America

    American Sociological Association

    Eastern Sociological Society

    Courses Taught


    Introduction to sociology

    Classical sociological theory

    Gender and society

    Quantitative social research methods I? & II

    Practicum I & II

    Integrative seminar and paper in the major I & II

    Selected topics in Sociology

    Problem solving approach to social science research design—a seminar in methodology at Ph.D level

    Population and Society

    Advanced Research Methods II

    Quantitative Data Analysis