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Chenyang Xiao

Assistant 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

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.  Refereed.  

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.  Refereed.  

 

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

 

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

 

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.  Refereed.

 

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.  Non-refereed.

 

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.  Refereed.

 

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

 

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.  Refereed.

 

2009.  Xiao, Chenyang, and Dayong Hong.  “Pro-Environmental Behaviors among the Chinese Public: Gender, Environmental Knowledge and Willingness-to-Pay.”  Paper presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.  San Francisco, CA, August 8-11, 2009.  Refereed.

 

2009.  Xiao, Chenyang, and Dayong Hong.  “Gender and Perceptions of Environmental Issues in China: Safety Concern, Economic Salience, and Postmaterialist Hypotheses.”  Paper presented at the International Conference on Gender and Social Transformation: Global, Transnational and Local Realities and Perspectives. Beijing, China.  July 17-19, 2009.  Refereed.

Selected Publications

2014 (expected).  Xiao, Chenyang, and Aaron M. McCright.  “Gender Differences in Environmental Concern: Revisiting the Institutional Trust Hypothesis in the USA.”  (Accepted at Environment and Behavior, April 2013, DOI: 10.1177/0013916513491571.  Word count: 6,356)  

2014 (expected).  Clements, John M., Aaron M. McCright, and Chenyang Xiao. “Green Christians:  An Empirical Examination of Environmental Concern within the U.S. General Public.” (Accepted at Organization and Environment, April 2013, DOI: 10.1177/1086026613495475.  Word count: 6,850).  

2014 (expected).  Kojola, Erik, Chenyang Xiao, and Aaron M. McCright.  “Union Membership and Concern for the Environment.”  (Accepted at The Sociological Quarterly, March 2013.  Word count: 6,519).  

2013 (expected).  Xiao, Chenyang, and Aaron M. McCright.  “A Test of the Biographical Availability Argument for Gender Differences in Environmental Behaviors.” (Accepted at Environment and Behaviors, June 2012, DOI: 10.1177/0013916512453991  Word count: 6,774)  

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 and 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.  De Jesus, Maria and Chenyang Xiao.  “Predicting Internet Use as a Source of Health Information: A “Language Divide” Among the Hispanic Population in the United States.”  Policy & Internet  4 (2): 1-11.

 

2012.  Xiao, Chenyang, and Dayong Hong. “Gender and Perceptions of Environmental Issues in 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.

Work In Progress

 

McCright, Aaron M., and Chenyang Xiao.  “Gender and Environmental Concern: Insights from Recent Work and For Future Research.”  (Submitted to Society and Natural Resources)

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.”  (Submitted to Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion)  

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