• I earned my PhD in Sociology at the University of Michigan. I received training at the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research. My research interests include demography, development, contemporary China, Latin America, and survey methodology. I have published peer-reviewed articles on Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Social Science Research, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Chinese Sociological Review, Chinese Journal of Sociology, Research in the Sociology of Work, Politics and Religion, etc. I have also served as Co-PI for the FIU Cuba Poll since 2020 ( My current research focuses on the immigrants and other vulnerable populations in South Florida, Muslim societies around the world, as well as China's role in global development.

research interests

  • Demography, survey research, development, contemporary China, Latin America, Muslim populations.

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full name

  • Qing Lai


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