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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Xiaohe Xu, Ph.D.

Professor, Department Chair
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-4570
Office: MS 4.02.22

Research area: Sociology of Marriage and Family, Comparative Family Studies, Adolescents, Advanced Statistical Methods, Statistical Research Design

  • Biography

    Dr. Xu received his Master’s degree in sociology from Michigan State University and his PhD from the University of Michigan. His research examines how social change, race and ethnicity, and religion affect family lives in the United States. Over the past few years, Dr. Xu has developed a well-recognized expertise in the area of comparative family studies. His research explores the changing trends in marriage and family relationships in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and the United States. His current projects examine 1) religion and the timing of remarriage among American Women, 2) correlates and public health consequences of intimate partner violence in urban Thailand, and 3) family violence in African societies. He has served as an editorial board member for American Sociological Review, and is currently serving as an editorial board member for Journal of Marriage and Family and Sociological Inquiry. Dr. Xu’s research has appeared in such journals as American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Family Violence, Journal for Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Marriage and Family, Population Research and Policy Review, Review of Religious Research, Social Indicators Research, Social Science Research, Sociological Quarterly, and Youth & Society. He is presently working on a service project to establish a secured laboratory in the Department of Sociology.


    • Ph.D. in sociology, The University of Michigan, 1994
    • M.A. in sociology, Michigan State University, 1985
    • B.A. in philosophy, Sichuan University, PRC, 1982
  • Recent Courses

    Undergraduate Level:

    • Families in Society
    • Introduction to Social Research
    • Data Management for Public Health

    Graduate Level:

    • Research Design
    • Quantitative Methods
    • Advanced Quantitative Methods
    • Family Context and Social Change
    • Racial/ethnic Families
  • Recent Publications

    • Robertson, Angela, Sheena Gardner, Xiaohe Xu, Guangqing Chi, and Lee Mccluskey. 2013. “Mississippi’s DUI Offender Intervention: 40 Years of Programming and Research.” Forthcoming. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.
    • Mason, Philip B., Xiaohe Xu, and John P. Bartkowski. 2012. “The Risk of Overweight and Obesity among Latter-Day Saints.” Review of Religious Research. Doi:10.1007/s13644-012-0096-8
    • Zhang, Huiping, Xiaohe Xu and Sandra K. M. Tsang. 2012. “Conceptualizing and Validating Marital Quality in Beijing: A Pilot Study.” Social Indicators Research. Doi:10.1007/s11205-012-0089-6
    • Xu, Xiaohe, John P. Bartkowski, and Kimberly Dalton. 2011. “The Role of Cohabitation in Remarriage: A Replication.” International Review of Sociology. 21: 549-564. Doi:10.1080/03906701.2011.625664
    • Ogland, Curtis P., Xiaohe Xu, John P. Bartkowski and Emmanuelle G. Ogland. 2011. “The Association of Religion and Virginity Status among Brazilian Adolescents.” Journal of Adolescent Health. 48: 651-653. Doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.09.018
    • Bartkowski. John P., Xiaohe Xu, and Ginny E. Garcia. 2011. “Religion and Infant Mortality: A Preliminary Study of Denominational Variations.” Religions. 2:264-276; Doi: 10.3390/rel2030264
    • Bartkowski, John P. Xiaohe Xu, and Kristi E. Fondren. 2011. “Faith, Family, and Teen Dating: Examining the Effects of Personal and Household Religiosity on Adolescent Romantic Relationships.” Review of Religious Research. 52:248-265.
    • Xu, Xiaohe, Kent R. Kerley and Bangon Sirisunyaluck. 2011. “Understanding Gender and Domestic Violence from a Sample of Married Women in Urban Thailand.” Journal of Family Issues. 32:791-819. Doi: 10.1177/0192513X10386306
    • Ogland, Curtis P., Thankam S. Sunil, John P. Bartkowski and Xiaohe Xu. 2010. “Religious Influences on Teenage Childbearing among Brazilian Female Adolescents: A Research Note.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 49:754–760.
    • Xu, Xiaohe, Xuhui Zeng, Li Zheng, and Christy Flatt. 2010. “How Does Wives’ Unemployment Affect Marriage in Reforming Urban China?” Journal of Comparative Family Studies. 41:717-734.
    • Roberson, Angela, Xiaohe Xu, and Andrea Stripling. 2010. “Adverse Events and Substance Use among Female Adolescent Offenders: Effects of Coping and Support.” Substance Use & Misuse. 45: 451-472.
    • Kerley, Kent R., Xiaohe Xu, Bangon Sirisunyaluck, and Joseph M. Alley. 2010. “Exposure to Family Violence in Childhood and Intimate Partner Perpetration or Victimization in Adulthood: Exploring Intergenerational Transmission in Urban Thailand.” Journal of Family Violence. 25: 337-347. Doi: 10.1007/s10896-009-9295-7
    • Rich, Susan Lynne and Xiaohe Xu. 2009 “Marital Instability: A Comparative Study of China and Taiwan.” The Global Studies Journal 2: 153-168.
    • Roberson, Angela, Sheena Gardner, Xiaohe Xu, and Humphrey Costello. 2009. “The Impact of Remedial Intervention on Three-Year Recidivism among First-Time DUI Offenders in Mississippi.” Accident Analysis & Prevention 41: 1080-1086.