My new book, Decoupling: Gender Injustice in China’s Divorce Courts, is now available in both a hardcover edition and open-access format. I am also providing an abundance of supplementary online material.


I have been at Indiana University-Bloomington since receiving my PhD from the University of Chicago’s Department of Sociology in 2003. I am jointly appointed as Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC). I have been EALC’s Department Chair since 2021, and the James and Noriko Gines Department Chair in East Asian Languages and Cultures since 2022. I am also Professor of Sociology and Law, by courtesy, in the Maurer School of Law.

After returning from China in 2011, where I spent two years at Renmin University of China’s Department of Sociology (the first year as a Fulbright-Hays scholar), I served for four years—2012-2016—as Director of Graduate Studies in the IU Department of Sociology. After serving as Academic Co-Director of the IU China Gateway in Beijing for two years beginning in 2017, I have been Academic Director since 2019.

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