Simon Cheng, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research focuses on race and ethnicity, sociology of education, family, adolescent sexual behavior, and quantitative methods. Recent publications in race/ethnicity, education, and family include articles in American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Social Forces, American Journal of Education, and other journals. Regarding issues related to adolescent sexual behavior, I have recently published an article in American Journal of Sexuality Education, in which I examine government influences and community involvements in abstinence-only education in 1999 and 2003. Currently, I am working on a project concerning female adolescents’ sexual subjectivity, defined as girls’ knowledge, awareness, and self-efficacy in sexual situations. This study is highly relevant to public health and has important policy implications, given the high rates of teen pregnancy (71.5 per 1,000 young women, the highest among industrialized nations) and sexually transmitted diseases among American teenage girls. Finally, I am also interested in qualitative methodology, and have published three journal articles in Sociological Methods & Research and Journal of Marriage and Family, developed a program for use in Excel (“XPost”; see, and translated the book “Regression Models for Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables” into Chinese.


Ph.D. November 2003. Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
M.S. 1997. Sociology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
B.S. 1995. Educational Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Sociology
344 Mansfield Road, Unit 2068
Storrs, CT 06269-2068
Office LocationManchester Hall