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About Emily C. Hannum

Emily Hannum is Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests are poverty and child welfare, social stratification, and sociology of education. Current projects in China include studies of childhood poverty and inequality and the impact of large-scale school consolidations on educational attainment. She is also working on comparative analyses of school performance, with attention to disparities associated with family separation, family background, and gender. Recent publications include “Education in East Asian Societies: Postwar Expansion and the Evolution of Inequality” (2019, Annual Review of Sociology, with Hiroshi Ishida, Hyunjoon Park, and Tony Tam); “Home, School, and Community Deprivations: A Multi-Context Approach to Childhood Poverty in China” (2019, Journal of Contemporary China, with Weiwei Hu and Albert Park); “Differences at the Extremes? Gender, National Contexts, and Math Performance in Latin America” (2020, American Educational Research Journal, with Ran Liu and Andrea Alvarado-Urbina); and Estimating the Effects of Educational System Consolidation: The Case of China's Rural School Closure Initiative” (forthcoming, Economic Development and Cultural Change, with Xiaoying Liu and Fan Wang)


Present Professor of Sociology and Education, University of Pennsylvania

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Department of Sociology
3718 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6299
Telephone: 215-898-9633


Gender Stratification (10)

Poverty and Educational Outcomes (13)

Child and Adolescent Welfare (6)