I am broadly interested in demography, fertility, family sociology, and gender.
My MA thesis project focuses on fertility preferences and the flexibility of young people in Mainland China. My current projects focus on fertility, contraception, and abortion in China and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Research projects that I was previously involved in focus on fertility preferences and flexibilities in Malawi, as well as teaching evaluation towards US tenure-track faculties.
Trinitapoli, Jenny, Abdallah Chilungo, Huimeng Zhao, jimi adams, and Sara Yeatman. 2022. “Visualizing Young Men’s Fertility Desires: A View from Balaka, Malawi.” Socius 8:23780231221094750. doi: 10.1177/23780231221094752.
Murray, Dakota, Clara Boothby, Huimeng Zhao, Vanessa Minik, Nicolas Bérubé, Vincent Larivière, and Cassidy R. Sugimoto. 2020. “Exploring the Personal and Professional Factors Associated with Student Evaluations of Tenure-Track Faculty.” PLOS ONE 15(6):e0233515. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0233515.
(Altmetric’s 2020 Top 100 Articles)
Huimeng Zhao. "Flexible Fertility Preferences Under Low Fertility Context - Evidence from China." In manuscript, presented at PAA 2022.
Huimeng Zhao. "Politics of Population Control, Populationism, and Abortion Access in China." In preparation.
Monica Grant and Huimeng Zhao. "Changes in spousal differences in educational attainment and modern contraceptive use: Evidence from Ethiopia, Malawi, and Uganda." In manuscript, abstract admitted to ICFP 2022.
Huimeng Zhao and Acton Jiashi Feng (equal authorship). “Who is making the second (and third) baby? Educational pairings and fertility in China” In manuscript. To be presented at PAA 2023.
2020 - 2021
Department of Sociology, University of Chicago
Research young women’s and men’s fertility preferences and behaviors in Balaka, Malawi
2018 - 2018
Laboratory Research Assistant
Sociology Lab, Department of Sociology, Indiana University
Researched intergroup and interpersonal conflicts and processes through computer-based social psychological lab experiments
Researched forgiveness and revenge in social life through survey responses
2016 - 2018
Department of Informatics, Indiana University
Researched scholarly communications, academic/teaching connection in higher education institutions