Wen Fan, newly appointed Assist. Prof. (Sociology) photographed in the BCSSW library in McGuinn Hall for use in the AHANA web slide show and a later issue of Chronicle.


My name is Wen Fan (pronounced Wun Fan).  I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Boston College, also affiliated with the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work.  I received my Ph.D. in Sociology in 2015 and my M.S. in Statistics in 2014, both from the University of Minnesota.

My research interests include: sociology of health, work and family, life course, quantitative methodology, and Chinese society.  My overarching goals are to understand how social, organizational, and life course factors get under the skin to produce and perpetuate health inequality over the life course, across generations, in different historical moments, and across social contexts.  I am particularly interested in the health “effects” of education, historical events, organizational changes, gender expectations, and time-related work conditions. I conduct research in the sites of U.S. and China, drawing on survey data and historical archives. My peer-reviewed research appears in American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Social Science Research, Social Science & Medicine, Society and Mental Health, Advances in Life Course Research, and The Sociological Quarterly.  For more information on my research, see here.