Assistant Professor

Li Yi received his BA and MA in Sociology from Nanjing University and Peking University, respectively. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the University of Macau, he worked as a postdoctoral associate at Duke University and a tenure-track Assistant Professor (Lecturer) of Demography at the Australian National University. He is interested in how social environments and genes jointly influence human behavior. He is also interested in marriage, population health, and quantitative methods.

His peer-reviewed work appeared in a number of top-tier SSCI journals including Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion, Biodemography and Social Biology, Asian Population Studies, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Demography, and Social Science Research.

  • 2015, Ph.D., Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2010, M.A., Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2007, M.A., Sociology, Peking University
  • 2004, LL.B., Sociology, Nanjing University
  • Interaction between Social Environments and Genes
  • Health and Health Behavior
  • Marriage
  • Social Networks
  • Delinquency and Crime
  • Causal Inference
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Courtship, Marriage and Family
  • Social Statistics
  • Survey Methods and Sampling

Peer-Reviewed Articles (*corresponding author):

  1. *Yi Li and Guang Guo. forthcoming. “Heterogeneous peer effects on marijuana use: Evidence from a natural experiment.” Social Science & Medicine
    (SSCI Q1, 2/164 in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health, 1/45 in Social Sciences, Biomedical, 5-year IF:4.0)
  2. *Yi Li, Robert Woodberry, Hexuan Liu, and Guang Guo. forthcoming. “Why are women more religious than men?: Do Risk Preferences and Genetic Risk Predispositions Explain the Gender Gap?” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
    (SSCI Q1, 36/148 in Sociology, 5-year IF:2.2)
  3. *Yi Li and Guang Guo. 2016. “Peer influence on aggressive behavior, smoking and sexual behavior: A Study of randomly-assigned college roommates.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 57:3 297-318
    (SSCI Q1, 19/148 in Sociology, 5-year IF:4.3)
  4. *Guang Guo, Yi Li, Tianji Cai, Hongyu Wang, and Greg Duncan. 2015. “Peer influence, genetic propensity, and binge drinking: A natural experiment and a replication.” American Journal of Sociology 121:3 914-954
    (SSCI Q1, 5/148 in Sociology, 5-year IF:5.9)
  5. *Yi Li, Hexuan Liu, and Guang Guo. 2015. “Does marriage moderate genetic effects on delinquency and violence?” Journal of Marriage and Family 77:5 1217-1233
    (SSCI Q1, 6/148 in Sociology, 5/46 in Family Studies5-year IF:3.7)
  6. *Guang Guo, Yi Li, Craig Owen, Hongyu Wang, and Greg Duncan. 2015. “A natural experiment of peer influences on youth alcohol use.” Social Science Research 52 193-207
    (SSCI Q1, 3/148 in Sociology, 5-year IF:2.5)
  7. *Hexuan Liu, Yi Li, and Guang Guo. 2015. “Gene by social-environment interaction for youth delinquency and violence: Thirty-nine aggression-related genes.” Social Forces 93:3 881-903
    (SSCI Q1, 8/148 in Sociology, 5-year IF:3.4)
  8. *Guang Guo, Yilan Fu, Hedwig Lee, Tianji Cai, Yi Li, and Kathleen M. Harris. 2014. “Reply to Comment: Recognizing a small amount of superficial genetic differences across African, European and Asian Americans helps understand social construction of race.” Demography 51:6 2337-2342
    (SSCI Q1, 1/29 in Demography, 5-year IF:4.0)
  9. *Yi Li and Guang Guo. 2014. “Data quality control in social surveys using genetic information.” Biodemography and Social Biology 60:2 212-228
    (SSCI Q3, 88/148 in Sociology, 5-year IF:1.8)
  10. *Guang Guo, Yilan Fu, Hedwig Lee, Tianji Cai, Kathleen M. Harris, and Yi Li. 2014. “Genetic bio-ancestry and social construction of racial classification in social surveys in the contemporary United States.” Demography 51:1 141-172
    (SSCI Q1, 1/29 in Demography, 5-year IF:4.0)
  11. *Yi Li and Zachary Zimmer. 2013. “Child and adolescent obesity and employment sector in urban China.” Asian Population Studies 9:3 264-279
    (SSCI Q4, 26/29 in Demography, 5-year IF:1.0)
  12. *Wen Hu, Hao Zhang, Yi Li, Shiding Liu, and Guang Guo. 2012. “The influences of genetics on sociology.” Sociological Studies (社会学研究) 5 224-241 (in Chinese)
  13. *Jianxin Li and Yi Li. 2009. “Health among older Chinese: A gender perspective.” Population Research (人口研究) 33:2 48-57 (in Chinese)