Kelin Li

Assistant Professor
Office: SBS G-317
Phone: (310) 243-3457


Dr. Kelin Li joined the Department of Sociology in the fall of 2015. His research lies at the intersection of population health and social inequalities. He uses quantitative methods to study how social forces shape health disparities and health trajectories, with particular focuses on racial/ethnic minorities and urban neighborhoods. His current projects examine: (1) multilevel structural and psychosocial factors that contribute to health disparities by race/ethnicity and nativity status; (2) dynamics and complexities associated with immigrants’ health behavior change; (3) both distal and proximal factors underlying the link between social constructs and health status such as lifestyles and biomarkers.


Ph.D.  Sociology, University of Utah, 2014
M.S.  Sociology, University of Utah, 2011
B.A.  English, Beijing Normal University, 2008

Research Interests

Medical Sociology, Social Demography, Social Epidemiology, Urban Sociology, Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Immigrants, Quantitative Methods


SOC 220    Analytical Statistics
SOC 305    Methods of Sociological Research
SOC 401    Inferential Statistics


Li, Kelin, Ming Wen, and Kevin A. Henry. 2017. "Ethnic density, immigrant enclaves, and
         Latino health risks: A propensity score matching approach." Social Science &
189: 44-52.

Wen, Ming and Kelin Li. 2016. “Parental and sibling migration and high blood pressure
         among rural children in China.” Journal of Biosocial Science, 48(1): 129-142.

Li, Kelin and Ming Wen. 2015. “Substance use, age at migration, and length of
         residence among adult immigrants in the United States.” Journal of Immigrant
         and Minority Health, 17(1): 156-164.

Li, Kelin, Ming Wen, and Kevin A. Henry. 2014. “Residential racial composition and
         black-white obesity risks: differential effects of neighborhood social and built
         environment.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public
         Health, 11(1): 626-642.

Li, Kelin and Ming Wen. 2013. “Racial and ethnic disparities in leisure-time physical
         activity in California: patterns and mechanisms.” Race and Social Problems, 5(3):

Works in Progress

“Neighborhood racial diversity and metabolic syndrome: Findings from 2003-2008
         National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.”

"Migration experience, acculturation process, and immigrants' health trajectories in the US: a
         longitudinal study."