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Shige Song is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Queens College of The City University of New York, Professor of CUNY Graduate Center's Certificate Program in Demography, and Faculty Associate of CUNY Institute of Demographic Research.

Dr. Song is interested in integrating the social and biomedical approaches to health and health disparities. In the past years, he used the 1959-1961 Great Leap Forward Famine in China as a natural experiment to study the short- and long-term causal effect of prenatal exposure to acute malnutrition on a number of health outcomes including infant and adult mortality, female fecundity, involuntary fetal loss, and schizophrenia. At the same time, he estimated the effects of social conditions and cultural preferences on infant mortality and physical growth of children using observational data and advanced econometric and statistical methods. Dr. Song has long been interested in tracing the evolutionary origins of human behavior. In a recent paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, he demonstrated that the Great Leap Forward Famine caused an abrupt decline in sex ratio at birth, as predicted by the evolutionary adaptive sex allocation theory. Currently Dr. Song is trying to integrate agent-based models and evolutionary game theoretical approach to disentangle the complex underlying evolutionary processes. His most recent research makes use of various types of "big data" and novel computation methods to explore the relationship between individual-level incentive and macro-level social phenomenon.

In 2010, Dr. Song received the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population Award from the Sociology of Population Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) with his collaborator Dr. Burgard (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor). His research on famine and sex ratio at birth has been reported by many major media outlets around the world including Science magazine, Nature, and Discover magazine. Recently, his research on evolution and human behavior is featured in Scientific American.

Dr. Song received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2004. Before joining the Sociology Department at at Queens College of The City University of New York, he served as Associate Professor in the Institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China.

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