Associate Professor
Current Research & Teaching Interests
  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Health Services Research
  • Demography
  • Sociology of Professions
  • Quantitative Methods
Selected Publications


Forthcoming Wen, Ming, Weidong Wang, Zobayer Ahmmad, and Lei Jin*.  “Parental Migration and Self-efficacy among Rural-origin Adolescents in China: Patterns and Mechanisms.” Journal of Community Psychology.
2022 Zhao, Xiaohang, Lei Jin, and Skylar Biyang Sun. 2022. “Early-Life Interparental Relationship Quality and Late-Life Depressive Symptoms: A Mediation Analysis.” Journal of Affective Disorders 313 : 137–48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.06.072.
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