Associate Professor
Current Research & Teaching Interests
  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Health Services Research
  • Demography
  • Sociology of Professions
  • Quantitative Methods
Selected Publications
2022 Jin, Lei, Lin Tao, and Xiangqian Lao. “Diverging Trends and Expanding Educational Gaps in Smoking in China.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 8 (January 2022): 4917. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19084917.
2021 Jin, Lei, Xi Chen, Fen Lin, Yuchun Zou, and Haiyan Gao. “Does Education Matter for Psychological Recovery amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic? Evidence from a Panel Survey in Hubei, China.” Anxiety, Stress, & Coping  (September 22, 2021): 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1080/10615806.2021.1978431.
2021 Jin, Lei, Xiaohang Zhao, and Yuying Tong. “A Female Advantage? Gender Patterning of Psychological Well-Being among Migrants and Returnees in China.” Journal of Social Issues (2021). https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12467.
2021 Zhao, Xiaohang, Lei Jin, and Skylar Biyang Sun. “‘Gone with the Land’: Effects of Land Expropriation on Health and Subjective Well-Being in Rural China.” Health & Place, July 7, 2021, 102614. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102614.
2021 Jin, Lei, and Chenyu Ye. “The Chinese Health Care System.” In Wiley Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology, edited by William C Cockerham. Wiley, 2021.
2020 Zhao, Xiaohang, Lei Jin, and Skylar Biyang Sun. “The Bidirectional Association Between Physical and Cognitive Function Among Chinese Older Adults: A Mediation Analysis.” The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, July 17, 2020, 0091415020940214. https://doi.org/10.1177/0091415020940214.
2019 Jin, Lei, Chenyu Ye, and Eric Fong. “Chapter 20. Sociology.” In Urban Health, edited by Sandro Galea, Catherine K Ettman, and David Vlahov. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.
2019 Jin, Lei, Tony Tam, and Lin Tao. “Well-off but Powerless? Status Incongruence and Psychological Well-Being in Contemporary China.” Social Science & Medicine 235 (August 1, 2019): 112345. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.05.050.
2017 Jin, Lei. “Physician Autonomy and the Paradox of Rationalization: Clinical Pathways in China’s Public Hospitals.” Sociology of Development 3, no. 3 (September 1, 2017): 295–322. https://doi.org/10.1525/sod.2017.3.3.295.
2016 Jin, Lei. “Migration, Relative Deprivation, and Psychological Well-Being in China.” American Behavioral Scientist 60, no. 5–6 (February 26, 2016): 750–70. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764216632826.
2015 Jin, Lei, and Tony Tam. “Investigating the Effects of Temporal and Interpersonal Relative Deprivation on Health in China.” Social Science & Medicine 143 (October 2015): 26–35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.08.014.
2014 Menchik, Daniel A., and Lei Jin. “When Do Doctors Follow Patients’ Orders? Organizational Mechanisms of Physician Influence.” Social Science Research 48, no. 0 (2014): 171–84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2014.05.012.
2014 “China: Healthcare Delivery System” in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society, edited by William C. Cockerham, Robert Dingwall and Stella Quah London: Wiley-Blackwell.
2013 Fan, JessieX, Ming Wen, Lei Jin, and Guixin Wang. “Disparities in Healthcare Utilization in China: Do Gender and Migration Status Matter?” Journal of Family and Economic Issues 34, no. 1 (2013): 52–63. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10834-012-9296-1.
2012 Jin, Lei, Ming Wen, Jessie X. Fan, and Guixin Wang. “Trans-Local Ties, Local Ties and Psychological Well-Being among Rural-to-Urban Migrants in Shanghai.” Social Science & Medicine 75, no. 2 (2012): 288–96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.03.014.
2010 Jin, Lei. “From Mainstream to Marginal? Trends in the Use of Chinese Medicine in China from 1991 to 2004.” Social Science & Medicine 71, no. 6 (2010): 1063–67.
2010 Wen, Ming, Jessie Fan, Lei Jin, and Guixin Wang. “Neighborhood Effects on Health among Migrants and Natives in Shanghai, China.” Health & Place 16, no. 3 (2010): 452–60.
2010 Jin, Lei, Felix Elwert, Jeremy Freese, and Nicholas Christakis. “Preliminary Evidence Regarding the Hypothesis That the Sex Ratio at Sexual Maturity May Affect Longevity in Men.” Demography 47, no. 3 (2010): 579–86.
2009 Jin, Lei, and Nicholas A. Chrisatakis. “Investigating the Mechanism of Marital Mortality Reduction: The Transition to Widowhood and Quality of Health Care.” Demography 46, no. 3 (2009): 605–25.
2008 Clever, Sarah L., Lei Jin, Wendy Levinson, and David O. Meltzer. “Does Doctor-Patient Communication Affect Patient Satisfaction with Hospital Care? Results of an Analysis with a Novel Instrumental Variable.” Health Services Research 43, no. 5, Part I (2008): 1505–19.
2008 Lei, Jin, Chin, Marshall H, Melinda L Drum, Morgan E. Shook, Elbert S. Huang, and David O Meltzer. “Variation in Treatment Preferences and Care Goals Among Older Patients With Diabetes and Their Physicians.” Medical Care 46:275-286.


  • SOCI 2004 Social Statistics
  • SOCI 3237 Medical Sociology
  • SOCI 6003 Advanced Statistical Analysis
  • SOCI 6010 Guided Studies I
  • SOCI 6020 Guided Studies II
Administrative Duties


  • Graduate Studies Committee Department of Sociology


  • Executive Committee Department of Sociology


  • Admissions Committee Department of Sociology


  • Undergraduate Studies Committee Department of Sociology


  • Scholarships & Awards Committee Department of Sociology

College Coordinator

  • Chung Chi College Department of Sociology