Emily Hannum


Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Sociology & Education


247 McNeil

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan, 1998

Emily Hannum is a professor of sociology and education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests are poverty and child welfare, gender and ethnic stratification, and sociology of education. Current projects focus on childhood poverty in China, the impact of large-scale school consolidations on educational attainment in China, and family separation and children’s education in China and in comparative perspective.  Data collection projects include a longitudinal study of rural poverty and upward mobility in northwest China and a study of environment and health at the beginning of life in southeast China.   Recent publications include “Education in East Asian Societies: Postwar Expansion and the Evolution of Inequality” (2019, Annual Review of Sociology, with Hiroshi Ishida, Hyunjoon Park, and Tony Tam) and “Differences at the Extremes? Gender, National Contexts, and Math Performance in Latin America.” (2019, American Educational Research Journal, with Ran Liu and Andrea Alvarado-Urbina). 

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