Dr. Tim Liao

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Professor of Sociology
Affiliated Faculty of Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Affiliated faculty, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Affiliate Professor of Statistics

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  • Address: 3120 Lincoln Hall, 702 S Wright St, MC 454, Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: (217) 333-7988
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Fields of Study: Historical & Comparative Family Studies, Demography, Methodology, Collective Memory.  PhD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tim Liao is Professor of Sociology & Professor of Statistics, and Director of the Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies. He is on leave as a 2017-2018 Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences Fellow. 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 former Editor of Sociological Methodology (2009-2015). He served on the council of the ASA Methodology Section (1998-2001) and the council of the North America Chinese Sociological Association (2000-2002), and currently is on the board of the Sequence Analysis Association. 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.

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