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Chenyang Xiao

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology

  • Dr. Xiao earned his MA at University of Toledo, OH, and PhD at Washington State University. His main research interests include environmental beliefs, attitudes, behaviors and public opinion over environmental issues. He is also interested in applied social statistics and quantitative research methodology. Dr. Xiao's current project compares the USA and China in terms of environmental concern, specifically gender differences in this subject.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Sociology, Washington State University
    MA, Sociology, University of Toledo, OH
    BA, Sociology, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Languages Spoken:

    Chinese, English
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Research Interests

Environmental Sociology: Environmental Attitudes, Beliefs, and Values; Global Environmental Change; Science and Technology; Sustainable Development

Research Methods/Statistics: Survey Methods; ANOVA and Regression Analysis; Limited Dependent Variable/Logit and Log-Linear Analysis; Structural Equation Modeling; Event History Analysis

Comparative Sociology:Comparative Methodology; Cross-National Comparisons of Citizen Concern for the Environment; Public Opinion and Policy-Making on Environmental Issues in China; Energy Consumption and Quality of Life in China

Professional Presentations

2014.  Buhrmann, Jan, and Chenyang Xiao.  “Assessing the Integrity of Environmental Worldview Over Time Using the New Environmental Paradigm Scale.”  Paper accepted for presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting of American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA, August 10-13, 2014.

 

2013. McCright, Aaron M. Riley E. Dunlap, and Chenyang Xiao.  “Increasing Influence of Political Orientation on Support for Government Action on Climate Change in the USA, 2006-2012.”  Paper accepted for presentation at the 2013 Annual Meeting of American Sociological Association.  New York City, NY, August 10-13, 2013.

 

2013.  Xiao, Chenyang, Dayong Hong, and Erik Kojola.  “Explaining the Rising Environmentalism in China—Postmaterialism, Affluence, Or Global Environmentalism?”  Paper accepted for presentation at the 2013 Annual Meeting of American Sociological Association.  New York City, NY, August 10-13, 2013.

 

2012.  Clements, John M., Aaron M. McCright, and Chenyang Xiao.  “Green Christians?  An Empirical Examination of Environmental Beliefs, Attitudes, and Behaviors.”  Paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of American Sociological Association.  Denver, CO, August 17-20, 2012.

 

2012.  Kojola, Erik, and Chenyang Xiao.  “Union Membership and Concern for the Environment.”  Paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of American Sociological Association.  Denver, CO, August 17-20, 2012.

 

2011.  Xiao, Chenyang.  “Public Attitudes toward Science and Technology and Concern for the Environment: A Paradoxical Relationship.”  Paper presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of American Sociological Association.  Las Vegas, NV, August 20-23, 2011.

 

2011.  Xiao, Chenyang.  “China: Gender Differences in Perceptions of Environmental Issues.”  Invited talk at American University Center for Asian Studies: 163rd Washington Asian Forum, March 1, 2011, Washington, DC.  Invited Talk.

 

2010.  Xiao, Chenyang, and Dayong Hong.  “The Belief Constraints and Social Bases of Environmental Concern in China.”  Paper presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.  Atlanta, Georgia, August 14-17.

 

2010.  Xiao, Chenyang.  “Gender Differences in Environmental Behaviors in China.”  Invited lecture at World Bank headquarter, March 11, 2010, Washington, DC.  Invited Talk.

 

2010.  Villanueva, Deanna M. and Chenyang Xiao.  “City Level Green Planning: San Jose Case Study and a Quantitative Analysis of 40 Cities' Recycling Programs in the United States.”  Presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society.  Boston, Massachusetts, March 18-21, 2010.

Selected Publications

2015 (expected).  McCright, Aaron M., and Chenyang Xiao.  “Gender and Environmental Concern: Insights from Recent Work and For Future Survey Research.”  (Published online at Society and Natural Resources, July 2014, DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2014.918235.  Word count: 2,169).

 

2015.  Xiao, Chenyang, and Aaron M. McCright.  “Gender Differences in Environmental Concern: Revisiting the Institutional Trust Hypothesis in the USA.”  Environment and Behavior 47(1): 17-37.

 

2014.  McCright, Aaron M., Riley E. Dunlap, and Chenyang Xiao. “The impacts of temperature anomalies and political orientation on perceived winter warming.” Nature Climate Change 4: 1077-1081.

 

2014.  McCright, Aaron M., Chenyang Xiao, and Riley E. Dunlap.  “Political Polarization on Support for Environmental Spending in the USA, 1974-2012.”  Social Science Research 48: 251-260.

 

2014.  Clements, John M., Aaron M. McCright, and Chenyang Xiao.  “An Examination of the ‘Greening of Christianity’ Thesis within the U.S. General Public, 1993-2010.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 53(2): 373-391.

 

2014.  Kojola, Erik, Chenyang Xiao, and Aaron M. McCright.  “Union Membership and Concern for the Environment.”  The Sociological Quarterly, 55 (1): 72-91.

 

2014.  Xiao, Chenyang, and Aaron M. McCright.  “A Test of the Biographical Availability Argument for Gender Differences in Environmental Behaviors.”  Environment and Behaviors  46(2): 241–263.

 

2013.  Xiao, Chenyang, Riley E. Dunlap, and Dayong Hong.  “Nature and Sources of Environmental Concern in China.”  Social Science Quarterly 94(3): 672-690.

 

2013.  De Jesus, Maria and Chenyang Xiao.  “Cross-Border Health Care Utilization Among the Hispanic Population in the United States: Implications for Closing the Health Care Access Gap.” Ethnicity & Health 18 (3): 297-314.

 

2013.  McCright, Aaron M., Riley E. Dunlap, and Chenyang Xiao.  Perceived Scientific Agreement and Support for Government Action on Climate Change in the USA.”  Climatic Change 119: 511-518.

 

2013.  Xiao, Chenyang.  “Public Attitudes towards Science and Technology and Environmental Concern: A Model of Indirect Feedback Effects.”  Environment and Behavior 45 (1): 113-137.

 

2012.  Xiao, Chenyang, and Aaron M. McCright.  “Explaining Gender Difference in Concern about Environmental Problems.”  Society and Natural Resources 25 (11): 1067-1084.

 

2012.  Xiao, Chenyang, and Dayong Hong. “Gender and Concern for Environmental Issues in Urban China.”  Society and Natural Resources 25 (5): 468-482.

 

2010.  Xiao, Chenyang, and Dayong Hong.  “Gender Differences in Environmental Behaviors in China.”  Population and Environment 32 (1) 88-104.

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