Emma Zang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Biostatistics (secondary), and Global Affairs (Secondary) at Yale University. She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy in 2019 and MA in Economics in 2017, both from Duke University. In 2021-22, she is a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Health and Wellbeing in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton
Her research interests lie at the intersection of health and aging, family demography, and inequality. Her work aims to improve the understanding of 1) how early-life conditions affect later-life health outcomes; 2) social stratification and health; 3) causal spillover effects and gender inequality within the household. She is also interested in developing and evaluating methods to model trajectories and life transitions in order to better understand how demographic and socioeconomic inequalities shape the health and well-being of individuals from life course perspectives. Her work has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, Demography, Social Science & Medicine, Psychological Methods, Journal of Marriage and Family, International Journal of Epidemiology, and JAMA Internal Medicine. Multiple of her projects have been funded by the National Institute of Health.
Zang's research has been covered by major media outlets in the United States, China, South Korea, India, and Singapore, such as CNN, NBC, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review,
ThePaper.cn (China), and the Straits Times (Singapore). She has been interviewed as an expert in China by the BBC World News and as an expert on the gendered consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic by MoneyToday (South Korea).