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Prof. REN Chunhui

Prof. REN Chunhui

Assistant Professor




Tel: (852) 2616 7321
Fax: (852) 2456 0737


WYL114, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong


REN Chunhui received his PhD in Urban Planning from Ohio State University. Before joining the Department in August 2023, he had taught/worked at multiple universities including University of Texas at Austin, Delta State University, and University of Cincinnati. Currently, he is also a Faculty Associate in the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. His research features the use of quantitative methods to explore such issues as labor-market discrimination, housing, international migration, and consumer behavior in the contexts of Hong Kong, Mainland China, and the United States.

Areas of Interest 

  • Labor-market Dynamics
  • Homeownership
  • Social Policy
  • Behavioral Economics
  • International & Domestic Migration
  • Quantitative Methodology


B.S. (Urban Science, Beijing Union), M.S. (Geography, Beijing Normal), M.S. (Statistics, OSU), Ph.D. (Urban Planning, OSU)  

Selected Publications

Journal Articles 

Ren. Chunhui. (2022) Vulnerability of low-income homeownership in the United States: An analysis based on household liquidity. Journal of Urban Affairs

Ren. Chunhui. (2022) Cohort, signaling, and early-career dynamics: The hidden significance of class in black-white earnings inequality. Social Science Research

Ren. Chunhui. (2021) A dynamic framework for earnings inequality between black and white men. Social Forces

Ren. Chunhui. (2020) A framework for explaining black-white inequality in homeownership sustainability. Demography

Ren. Chunhui. (2019) Fluctuating courses and constant challenges: The two trajectories of black- white earnings inequality 1968-2015. Social Science Research

Ren. Chunhui. (2019) After poverty reduction: Trajectories of U.S. urban neighborhoods that escaped high poverty during the 1990s. Urban Research & Practice

Teaching Subjects

Academic Year:  2023 - 2024

2nd Term:

SOC3003 Ethnicity and Ethnic Minorities
SOC3311 Urban Sociology

SSC3302 Seminar in Social and Public Policy Issues (co-teaching)

Co Supervisor:   Mr. YUDA Tauchid Komara (PhD student)