Dr. Tim Liao
Fields of Study: Historical & Comparative Family Studies, Demography, Methodology
PhD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tim Liao is Professor of Sociology & Statistics. He is a former Deputy Editor of The Sociological Quarterly, (1992-2000), former Editor of Sage’s Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series (2004-2009), and is Editor of Sociological Methodology (2009-2015). He served on the council of the ASA Methodology Section (1998-2001) and on the council of the North America Chinese Sociological Association (2000-2002). He has previously served on the editorial board of Sociological Methods & Research and on the editorial board of Sociological Methodology.
He was the Chair of the Methodology Section of the American Sociology
Association from 2009 to 20011.
Books & Edited Volumes
T.F. Liao. Editor. 2012. Sociological Methodology, Volume 42. American Sociological Association.
T.F. Liao. Editor. 2011. Sociological Methodology, Volume 41. American Sociological Association.
T.F. Liao. Editor. 2010. Sociological Methodology, Volume 40. American Sociological Association.
T.F. Liao and E. Hałas. Editors. 2007. Florian Znaniecki’s Sociology and Today’s Global Society. A Special Issue of Polish Sociological Review. 158(2).
T.F. Liao. 2007. Chinese Translation (by Gao Yong) of Statistical Group Comparison. Chongqing University Press.
M.S. Lewis-Beck, A. Bryman, and T.F. Liao. Editors. 2004. Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. Sage. (Click to open a new tab.)
T.F. Liao. 2002. Statistical Group Comparison. Wiley-InterScience.
T.F. Liao. Editor. 1996. Demographic Theories and Models. A Special Issue of The Sociological Quarterly. The Midwest Sociological Society.
T.F. Liao. 1994. Interpreting Probability Models: Logit, Probit, and Other Generalized Linear Models. Sage.
Selected Research Papers
T.F. Liao. 2013. "Group Differences in Generalized Linear Models." Pp. 153-166 (Chapter 19) in Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research, edited by Stephen L. Morgan, New York: Springer.
Hennig, C., and T.F. Liao. 2013. “How to Find an Appropriate Clustering for Mixed Type Variables with Application to Socioeconomic Stratification” (with discussion). Journal of Royal Statistical Society Series C 62(3): 309-369.
T.F. Liao., J. Beckman, E. Marzolph, C. Riederer, J. Sayer, and L. Schmelkin. Forthcoming in November 2012. "The Social Definition of Time for University Students." Time & Society 22(1): 119-151.
T.F. Liao & B. Özcan. 2012. "Family Forms among First and Second Generation Immigrants in Metropolitan America, 1960-2009." Pp. 223-254 (Chapter 11) in Immigrant Adaptation in Multi-Ethnic Cities: Canada, Taiwan, and the U.S., edited by Eric Fong, Nora Chiang, and Nancy Denton. London: Routledge.
T.F. Liao, A. Rule, R. Ardisana, A. Knicher, A. Mayo, & C. Sarcu. 2012. "Social Behavior in Public Spaces in a College Town." Sociology & Space 50(1): 3-26.
T.F. Liao, G. Zhang, & L. Zhang. 2011. "Social Foundations of National Anthems: Theorizing for a Better Understanding of the Changing fate of the National Anthem of China." Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 42(1): 106-127.
T.F. Liao. 2010. "Visual Symbolism, Collective Memory, and Social Protest: The Case of the 2009 London G20 Protest." Social Alternatives 29(3): 37-43.
T.F. Liao. 2010. "The Core Concept of Social Sustainability: Can We Cut the Gordian Knot?" The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability 6(2): 123-138.
T.F. Liao. 2008. "The Gini Unbound: Analyzing Class Inequality with Model-Based Clustering." Pp. 201-221 (Chapter 12) in Advances on Income Inequality and Concentration Measures, edited by Gianni Betti and Achille Lemmi. Routledge.
T.F. Liao & C. Hronis. 2007. "The Polish Peasant and the Sixth Life Course Principle." Polish Sociological Review 158(2): 173-185.
T.F. Liao. 2006. "Measuring and Analyzing Class Inequality with the Gini Index Informed by Model-Based Clustering." Sociological Methodology 36: 201-224.
T.F. Liao. 2004. "Comparing Social Groups: Wald Statistics for Testing Equality among Multiple Logit Models." International Journal of Comparative Sociology 45(1-2): 3-16.
T.F. Liao. 2004. "Estimating Household Structure in Ancient China by Using Historical Data: A Latent Class Analysis of Partially Missing Patterns." Journal of Royal Statistical Society Series A 167(1): 125-139.
T.F. Liao. 2002. "Bayesian Model Comparison in Generalized Linear Models across Multiple Groups." Computational Statistics & Data Analysis 39(3): 311-327.
T.F. Liao. 2001. "Were Past Chinese Families Complex? Household Structures during the Tang Dynasty 618-907 AD." Continuity & Change 16(3): 331-355.
T.F. Liao. 2001. "How Responsive Is U.S. Population Growth to Immigration? A Situational Sensitivity Analysis." Mathematical Population Studies 9(3-4): 217-229.
J. Park & T.F. Liao. 2000. "The Effect of Multiple Roles of South Korean Married Women Professors: Role Changes and the Factors Which Influence Potential Role Gratification and Strain." Sex Roles: An International Journal of Research 43(7-8): 571-591.
T.F. Liao. 2000. "Estimated Precision for Predictions from Generalized Linear Models in Sociological Research." Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology 34(2): 137-152.
T.F. Liao. 1996. "Measuring Population Aging as a Function of Fertility, Mortality, and Migration." Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 11(1): 61-79.
T.F. Liao & Y. Cai. 1995. "Socialization, Life Situations, and Gender-Role Attitudes Regarding the Family among White American Women." Sociological Perspectives 38(2): 241-260.
T.F. Liao. 1995. "The Nonrandom Selection of Don’t Knows for Binary and Ordinal Responses: Corrections with the Bivariate Probit Model with Sample Selection." Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology 29: 87-110.
T.F. Liao & G. Stevens. 1994. "Spouses, Homogamy, and Social Networks." Social Forces 73(2): 693-707.
T.F. Liao. 1994. "A Theoretical Framework of Collective Action for the Evaluation of Family Planning Programs." Population Research and Policy Review 13(1): 49-67.
T.F. Liao. 1993. "Sitting in Oblivion as a Taoist Practice of Positive Alienation: A Response to Negative Alienation in the Tang Dynasty." International Sociology 8(4): 479-492.
T.F. Liao. 1992. "Immanence and Transcendence: The Relationship between Patterns of Decision-Making and Fertility among Catholics and Protestants." Sociological Analysis 53(1): 49-72.
T.F. Liao. 1989. "A Flexible Approach for the Decomposition of Rate Differences." Demography 26(4): 717-726. Erratum in Demography 28(2): 179.
Computer Programs & Creative and Didactic Work
Computer Programs & Creative and Didactic Work
2000 ASA Didactic Seminar on Multilevel Modeling.
An S program for Comparison in Generalized Linear Models.
T.F. Liao. 2010. Cover Art Design for Northeast Asia’s Difficult Past: Essays in Collective Memory, edited by Mikyoung Kim and Barry Schwartz. Palgrave Mcmillan.