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Haowei Wang

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307B Lyman Hall

Haowei Wang

Assistant Professor, Sociology Department


SOC 513 - Statistics for Social Science

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Boston, 2020


Haowei Wang is an assistant professor in the Maxwell School's Sociology Department. She received a Ph.D. in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2020 and was trained as a postdoc scholar at the Population Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University. 

Wang seeks to understand social determinants of healthy aging from a global perspective. In doing so, she is engaged in three areas of research: (1) to explore how demographic changes and social policies impact physical and mental health of aging populations, (2) to examine population aging and food insecurity in a global setting, and (3) to test how changing family dynamics influence well-being and caregiving in later life.

In addition, Wang currently has over 10 first-author articles published in highly regarded journals as well as a strong pipeline of projects in progress.

Research Interests

Aging and health disparities, population health, medical sociology, global families, COVID-19 and health outcomes, social statistics, computation methods


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles 

Wang, H., Smith-Greenaway, E., Bauldry, S., Margolis, R., & Verdery, A. M.t (in press). 
Mourning in a pandemic: The differential impact of widowhood on mental health during 
COVID-19. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social 


Brown, M. J., Wang, H., Lin, 1-F., Gan, D., Oyeyemi, D., Manning, M., & Freedman, V. A. 
(in press). COVID-19 related changes in assistance networks for older adults with and without 
dementia. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social 
Wang, H., Kim, K., Burr, J. A., & Fingerman, K. L. (2022). Financial problems in established 
adulthood: Implications for psychological well-being and relationship quality with parents. 
Journal of Adult Development.


Wang, H., Verdery, A. M., Margolis, R., & Smith-Greenaway, E. (2021). Bereavement from 
COVID-19, gender, and reports of depression among older adults in Europe. The Journals of 
Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 32

Newmyer, L., Verdery, A. M.t, Wang, H., & Margolis, R. (2022). Population aging, 
demographic metabolism, and the rising tide of late middle age to older adult loneliness 

around the world. Population and Development Review.

Song, Q., Wang, H., & Burr, J. A. (2022). Depressive symptoms among rural "left-behind" 
older adults: A test of the high outmigration penalty hypothesis. The Journals of Gerontology, 
Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 77(3), 592-603.

Wang, H., Han, S. H., Kim, K., & Burr, J. A. (2022). Adult children's achievements and 
ageing parents' depressive symptoms in China. Ageing and Society, 42(4), 896-917. 

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Book Chapters

Wang, H., Han, S., Xu, P., Mutchler, J. E., Du, P., & Burr, J. A. (2021). Family, friendship, and 
loneliness among older Chinese adults: Urban-Rural Comparisons. In M. Silverstein (Ed.), 

Aging Families in Chinese Society. Routledge. 

Other Publications

Smith-Greenaway, E., Verdery, A. M, Wang, H., & Bauldry, S. (2022). "l in 8 U.S. deaths from 
2020 to 2021 came from COVID-19 - leaving millions of relatives reeling from distinctly 
difficult grief'. The Conversation. Available at: