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Christina Pao

MPhil in Sociology and Demography

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

I am a current MPhil candidate in Sociology and Demography and a 2020 Rhodes Scholar from the US. My main interests are in social demography, survey methodology, identity, 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 will pursue doctoral research with funding from my Truman Scholarship (Oregon 2019 scholar).

Christina Pao


Rajan, Akhil, and Christina Pao. 2022. ‘Who Has Room for Error? The Effects of Political Scandal for Minority Candidates’. Electoral Studies 77 (June): 102460.

Zang, Emma, Anna Guo, Christina Pao, Nancy Lu, Bei Wu, and Terri R. Fried. “Trajectories of General Health Status and Depressive Symptoms Among Persons With Cognitive Impairment in the United States.” Journal of Aging and Health, (January 2022).

Zang, Emma, Jessica West, Nathan Kim, and Christina Pao. 2021. ‘U.S. Regional Differences in Physical Distancing: Evaluating Racial and Socioeconomic Divides during the COVID-19 Pandemic’. PLOS ONE 16 (11): e0259665.

Pao, Christina, and Akhil Rajan. Analysis | Scandal Hurts Gay Candidates More than Straight Ones - but in a Roundabout Way. 31 Aug. 2020,

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 [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 [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.