Chao Liu, Assistant Professor | Interim Director of Nonprofit Leadership Program

Address: 113H Armstrong Hall
Phone: (507)-389-1728


Chao Liu studies the formation and evolution of social networks and their implications for the creation of social inequality. Social networks are important because they have powerful and often hidden influences on social behavior. Micro-level network processes scale up to help explain aggregate variation in power and resources across social groups. He utilizes quantitative and computational social science approaches to examine how social networks shape organizations, labor markets, and health outcomes. More information can be found on Dr. Chao Liu's website


  • Ph.D. Sociology, North Carolina State University, 2022
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Arkansas, 2016
  • B.A. Sociology, Sun Yat-sen University, China, 2013


  • Social Network Analysis
  • Computational Social Science
  • Medical Sociology
  • Technology and Work
  • Organizations

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Social Research Methods
  • Aging Policy
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