Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Zhihang Dong


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Zhihang Dong is a first-year Ph.D. student at the Department of Sociology. He graduated with quintuple major and triple minor from Penn State University. He is a demographer and statistician interested in the following subareas: (1) statistical demography with focus on formal models of migration, marriage and family; (2) spatial demography, with interests in residential segregation and inequality, spatial data visualization, and homeless populations; and (3) computational demography broadly. His interests in statistics, primarily focused on relevant tools to demography, are Bayesian models, machine learning, nonparametric methods, and applied stochastic processes.

In addition, his research topics often extend to theoretical and neighborhood aspects of criminology, which he approaches a bit differently compared to many criminologists by using primarily demographic thinking and methods.