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Yongjun Zhang

 Josh Zhang

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and Institute for Advanced Computational Science
Ph.D. 2020, University of Arizona
(631) 632-7700

Areas of Interest

Political Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Big Data, and Computational Social Science


My current work combines statistical, network, and computational methods with large-scale datasets to study social, political, and organizational behavior.  Particularly, I am using large-scale GPS data, administrative records (e.g., FEC records, voter files, and consumer profiles), and social media data (e.g., billions of tweets) to study mobility, segregation, and polarization among different settings in the U.S. and the globe.


Selected Publications

Yongjun Zhang. 2023. ''Spatial Segregation and Voting Behavior among Asian Americans in 2020 General Election." Social Science Research.

Yongjun Zhang, Hao Lin, Yi Wang,  and Xinguang Fan. 2023. "Sinophobia was popular on Twitter among Chinese language communities during the early COVID-19 pandemic." Nature Humanities and Social Sciences Communications.

Yongjun Zhang, Siwei Cheng, Zhi Li,  and Wenhao Jiang, 2023. "Human mobility patterns are associated with experienced partisan segregation in US metropolitan areas." Scientific Reports.

Charles Seguin, Thomas Maher, Yongjun Zhang. 2023. “A Seat at the Table: A New Dataset of Social Movement Organization Representation Before Congress during the 20th Century.” Socius.

Yongjun Zhang and Jennifer Heerwig. 2022. “Gender, Race, and Intersectionality in Campaign
Cash to the U.S. Congress, 1990-2014.” Socius.

Xinguang Fan and Yongjun Zhang. 2022. “Just Virus or Politicized Virus? An Analysis of
over 13 Million Global Web News of China on COVID-19.” Chinese Sociological Review.

Yongjun Zhang, Sienna Thorgusen, and Xinguang Fan. 2022.  “News Coverage of Social
Protests in Global Society.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology.

Yongjun Zhang. “Corporate Responses to COVID19: A Nonmarket Strategy Approach.”
Sociological Perspectives. 2021.

Thomas Maher, Charles Seguin, Yongjun Zhang, and Andrew Davis. 2020. “Sharing Expertise: Social Scientists before Congress, 1946-2015.” PLOS One.

Jeremy Fiel and Yongjun Zhang. 2019. “With All Deliberate Speed: The Reversal of Court-Ordered School Desegregation in the United States, 1970-2013.” American Journal of Sociology 124 (6): 1685-1719.

Alexander Kinney, Andrew Davis, and Yongjun Zhang. 2018. “Theming for Terror: Organizational Adornment in Terrorist Propaganda.” Poetics 69, 27-40.

Jeremy Fiel and Yongjun Zhang. 2017. “Three Types of Change in School Segregation: A Grade-Period-Cohort Analysis.” Demography 55 (1), 33-58.

Yongjun Zhang. 2017. “Premarital Cohabitation and Marital Dissolution in Postreform China.” Journal of Marriage and Family 79 (5), 1435-1449.