Dr. Song is an inequality scholar of family diversity, gender, and sexuality (LGBTQ+) in the global context. His research unravels the important role of family in the (re)production and reduction of social inequality and health disparity. Most of his work applies quantitative methods to large-scale representative data in dramatically different socio-political contexts, such as the U.S. and China.
Currently he has three lines of work related to work and family: 1) against the background of Marriage Equality, he explores the social organization of family life among sexual minorities in the U.S., such as the division of housework and childcare; 2) he studies the consequences of US state policy and welfare programs on the well-being of children and families, both heterosexual and queer families. 3) In East Asia, he explores the implications of education, work-family balance, and policy on women’s family life course, especially their decision to divorce.