Social demography, social stratification, sociology of education, race/ethnicity


Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles (2002-2008)

M. A., Economics, New York University (2000-2002)

B. A., Economics, New York University (1995-1999)


Assistant Professor, Sociology, Queens College, CUNY (2010-current)

NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan (2008-2010)


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2014 “Why Do Asian American Youth Do Better Academically than White Youth?” (with Yu Xie) In press, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Media attention on this article:

   NPR’s Tell Me More

    Washington Post

    The Economist

    Time Magazine

    Los Angeles Times

2014 “When Does Time Matter? Maternal Employment, Children's Time with Parents and Child Development.” (with Christina Felfe) forthcoming, Demography.

2012 “Is Biology Destiny? Birth Weight and Differential Parental Treatment.” Demography 49(4): 1385-1405.

2012 “Maternal Work Conditions and Child Development.” (with Christina Felfe) Economics of Education Review. 31(6): 1037-1057.

2009 “Cognitive Ability.” pp. 1561-1272 in Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, edited by Deborah Carr. Detroit: Macmillian Reference, USA.

2009 “Parent’s Time with Children: Does Time Matter for Children’s Cognitive Achievement?” Pp. 123-126 in Social Indicator Research: Time Use and Qualities of Life, edited by John Robinson. vol 93.

2007 “Children’s Time Use: Labor Divisions and Schooling in Indonesia.” Journal of Marriage and Family 69(5): 1297-1306.


Hard Skills, Soft Skills: The Relative Roles of Cognitive and Non-cognitive Skills in Intergenerational Social Mobility” with Yu Xie, revise and resubmit.

Asian Children’s Verbal Development: A Comparison of Three Countries,” with Kate Choi and Sara McLanahan, revise and resubmit.

“Educational Assortative Mating and Self-Rated Health: Evidence from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study,” with Kate Choi, under review.

“From the Cradle to College: Explaining the Immigrant Paradox in Education” In progress.

“Explaining the Black-White Gap in Academic Achievement,” with Pamela Bennett and Yu Xie, in progress.

“Health Consequences of Educational Homogamy: A Propensity Matching Approach” with Kate Choi, in progress.

“Parental Investment Strategies and Child Endowments in Nigeria” with Holly Reed, in progress.


2007        Dorothy S. Thomas Award, Population Association of America

2007        Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Family Sociology Section of the

                American Sociological Association


Western Strategic Support for SSHRC Success, University of Western Ontario

Collaborator. “Health Consequences of Educational Homogamy.” (2013-2014), $16,050.

Research Enhancement Fellowship, Queens College, City University of New York

Principal Investigator.  “Assessing the Role of Socio-behavioral Skills in Explaining in Academic Achievement for Asians and Hispanics” (2013-2014), $7,750

European Research Council, Advanced Research Grant

Consultant. “Cross-national Comparisons of Changing Family Dynamics and Polarization.” (2011-2016), 1,200,000 Euros.

Research Enhancement Fellowship, Queens College, City University of New York

Principal Investigator. Social Causes and Consequences of Children’s Non-cognitive Skills. (12/2010-12/2011), $7,000.

National Poverty Center Small Grant Competition, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. Principal Investigator. “Is Biology Destiny?  Differential Parental Treatment and Birth Weight” (5/20/09-08/01/10), $10,000.

Population Studies Center Small Grant Award, University of Michigan. Principal Investigator. “Does Material Time Matter for Children’s Cognitive Outcomes? An Instrumental Variable Approach.” (3/06/09-7/01/10), $2,000.


Amy Hsin

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Queens College, CUNY


Powdermaker Hall 252EE

Queens College

City University of New York

65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Flushings, New York 11367