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Shige Song


Ph.D., Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles, 2004

Current Projects with Burgard:

Social determinants of early childhood health and growth across the globe:

In press   Song, Shige, and Sarah A. Burgard. “Social Conditions and Infant Mortality in China: A Test of the Fundamental Cause Perspective.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior
2008   Song, Shige, and Sarah A. Burgard. “Does Son Preference Influence Children’s Growth in Height? A Comparative Study of Chinese and Filipino Children.” Population Studies 62(3): 305-320.
In preparation   Burgard, Sarah A. and Shige Song. “Appropriately assessing the effectiveness of pregnancy care in reducing infant mortality: Evidence from China and India.”

Research interests:

Dr. Song is currently assessing the global pattern of childhood overweight/obesity trends and the life course trajectory of overweight/obesity rates in an international comparative perspective. He is also studying the social determinants of early childhood development and health, in collaboration with Dr. Burgard. Dr. Song also studies the demography of China. In one study, he examines the long-term health and demographic consequences of the Great Leap Forward Famine in China (1959-1961) and in another, with collaborators at UCLA, he is studying internal migration and health in contemporary China.

More generally, Dr. Song is interested in the areas of health inequality, early developmental origins of health and disease, spatial demography, quantitative methodology, sex ratio and population dynamics in China.


Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Assistant to Associate Research Scientist, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 2004–Present

Queens College, City University of New York

Assistant Professor of Sociology, 2009–Present
Faculty Associate, CUNY Institute for Demographic Research, City University of New York, 2009–Present

University of California at Los Angeles

Research Associate, California Center for Population Research, 2004–Present

Contact Information:

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