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Christina Pao

MPhil in Sociology and Demography

Research interests: gender, sexuality, migration, and political sociology

I am a current MPhil candidate in Sociology and Demography and a 2020 Rhodes Scholar from the US. My studies primarily relate to intergroup relations and the politics of marginalization.

I graduated from Yale University in 2020 with a joint M.A. and B.A. in Political Science (concentrating in American Politics and Political Theory) and an intensive B.A. in Classics. At Yale, I was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, received distinction in Political Science, and graduated Magna Cum Laude (top 10% of students). I was also awarded the Frank M. Patterson Prize for "the most oustanding scholarship in American Politics throughout the course of the Political Science major."

After my MPhil, I intend on pursuing doctoral research with funding from my Truman Scholarship (Oregon 2019 scholar).

Publications

Pao, Christina, and Akhil Rajan. Analysis | Scandal Hurts Gay Candidates More than Straight Ones - but in a Roundabout Way. 31 Aug. 2020, www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/08/31/scandal-hurts-gay-candidates-more-than-straight-ones-roundabout-way/.

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Pathways to Influence: Promoting the Role of Women’s Transformative Leadership to Achieve the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok: United Nations, 2019), available from https://www.unescap.org/publications/pathways-influence-promoting-role-women-s-transformative-leadership-achieve-sdgs-asia[One of four primary drafters]

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), “Social Development Policy Brief: Women’s Political Participation and Leadership” (16 December 2019), available from https://www.unescap.org/resources/social-development-policy-brief-womens-political-participation-and-leadership. [Primary author]

Pao, Christina, Yuki Hayasaka, Adam Michalowski, and Michael Kearney. “‘Super Volunteerism’: A Grass-Roots Solution to Global Prejudice.” Social Science Works, September 4, 2018. https://socialscienceworks.org/supervolunteerism/.

 

Under review or in drafting stages

Rajan, Akhil, and Christina Pao. “Who Has Room for Error? an Exploration of Voter Accountability and Non-traditional Candidates.” SocArXiv, 15 Aug. 2020. https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/swckv/.

Zang, Emma, et al. “U.S. Regional Disparities in Physical Distancing: Evaluating Racial and Socioeconomic Divides During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” SocArXiv, 3 Sept. 2020. https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/e6msz/.