Yingling Liu

Yingling Liu
Community Analytics
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Ph.D. Sociology, Baylor University, expected May 2022
M.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 2019
M.A., Communication, Abilene Christian University, 2013
LL. M., International Economic Law, Zhongnan University, 2011
LL. B., International Economic Law, Zhongnan University, 2008


Yingling worked as a corporate attorney prior to her graduate study in the United States. Now in her third year of Ph.D. program at Baylor, Yingling’s research interest include applied community research, social gerontology, population health & well-being, and survey methodology. Her master’s thesis focused on the relationship between marital quality and health & well-being among older adults and the mediation effect of sexuality to this relationship. Her recent work looks at the measurement of religious attendance and variations among different phrasings in national surveys over sampled Asian American. Notably, Yingling is the recipient of American Association of Public Opinion Research 2020 Student-Faculty Diversity Pipeline Award (co-recipient with Dr. Jerry Park). 

Yingling also works as a research associate at the Center for Community Research and Development (CCRD) at Baylor University, a non-profit organization dedicate to applying rigorous research to address issues in the community. Her recent role serves as the leading researcher of the Community Health Needs Assessment, a $100,000 multi-method survey project sponsored by the McLennan County Health Department, Ascension Providence Hospital (Waco, TX), Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Hillcrest (Waco, TX), and Family Health Center (Waco, TX). Other projects Yingling has done include using focus group interview to evaluate the Early Childhood Development Toolkit, random digit dialing survey to assess prenatal health in the community and applying GIS technique to visualize state-level medical board licensure.

Among the numerous reasons why Yingling chose Baylor University for her graduate study, three need to be highlighted. First, Baylor sociology provides various training and solo teaching opportunities to equip graduate students to be excellent teachers in higher education. Second, the collegial atmosphere in the department allow faculty to work side by side with graduate students and produce high quality publications. Third, the projects in CCRD connect the academic sociological research with the real-life issues, which prepare graduate students to pursue non-academic positions after graduation.

Recent Publications

Liu, Y. & Froese, P. (2020).  Faith and agency: The relationships between sense of control, socioeconomic status, and beliefs about God. Journal for Scientific Study of Religion, 59(2), 311-326. https://doi.org/10.1111/jssr.12655

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Department of Sociology

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