Cai Tianji
Assistant Professor

Office: E21-3007
Telephone: (+853) 8822 8841

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D. in sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010 USA

M.A. in Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006 USA

M.A. in Demography, Peking University, 2004 China

B.A. in Sociology, Lanzhou University, 2001 China


Research Interests
Gene and Environment Interplay, Quantitative Methods, Social Network, Health Behavior

Research Projects

¡´ Effect of Genetic Architecture and Occupation on Cognitive FunctioningFDCT
¡´ The characteristics and long term effects of social withdrawal: A multi-dimensional network perspectiveMYRG
¡´ Effect of Sampling Weights on the Estimation of Multilevel Models When Design and Model Hierarchies are InconsistentMYRG

¡´ The Intervening Role of Risk Behavior in Genotypic Similarity between Friends 01-2012

¡´ The Dynamic Effect of Social Isolation along with Genetic Vulnerability on Depression among Adolescents 05-2012

¡´ Investigation of Ways of Incorporating Sampling Weights for Multilevel Analyses02.2011-08.2011

Selected Publications

¡´ Wang, Hongyu, Tianji Cai,(2015), “Parental Involvement, Adolescents’ Self-Determined Learning, and Academic Achievement in Urban China”, International Journal of Psychology(forthcoming) 

¡´ Niño, Michael, Tianji Cai, Gabriel Ignatow, Philip Yang, (2015), "Generational Peers and Alcohol Misuse", International Migration Review (forthcoming) 

¡´ Guo, Guang, Yilan Fu, Hedwig Lee, Tianji Cai, Yi Li, Kathleen Mullan Harris, (2014),  “Recognizing a small amount of superficial genetic differences across African, European and Asian Americans helps understand social construction of race”.Demography, 51(6):2337-42. 

¡´ Densley¡A James A., Tianji Cai, Susan Hilal¡]2014¡^¡A¡§Social dominance orientation and trust propensity in street gangs¡¨¡AGroup Processes & Intergroup Relations¡A May 2014, DOI: 10.1177/1368430214533161.

¡´ Shen, Yuying, Dale E. Yeatts, Tianji Cai, Philip Q. Yang, Cynthia M. Cready, (2014) ¡§Social Capital and Self-Rated Health Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults in China: A Multilevel Analysis¡¨, Research on Aging, 36(4) 497-521.

¡´ Guo, Guang, Yilan Fu, Hedwig Lee, Tianji Cai, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Yi Li, (2014). ¡§Genetic Bio-Ancestry and Social Construction of Racial Classification in Social Surveys in the Contemporary United States¡¨, Demography, 51(1) 141-172.

¡´ Cai, Tianji, (2013). ¡¨Investigation of Ways to Handle Sampling Weights for Multilevel Model Analyses¡¨, Sociological Methodology, 43(1): 178-219.

¡´ Guang Guo, Tianji Cai, Rui Guo, Hongyu Wang, and Kathleen Harris, (2010). The Dopamine Transporter Gene, a Spectrum of Most Common Risky Behaviors, and the Legal Status of the Behaviors, PLoS ONE.5(2): e9352.

¡´ Guo, Guang, Roettger Michael, and Tianji Cai. (2008). The Integration of Genetic Propensities into Social-Control Models of Delinquency and Violence among Male Youths. American Sociological Review. 73:543-68.

¡´ Guo, Guang, Glen H. Elder, Tianji Cai and Nathan Hamilton. (2009) Gene¡Venvironment interactions: Peers¡¦ alcohol use moderates genetic contribution to adolescent drinking behavior. Social Science Research. 38: 213-224.

¡´ Guo, Guang and Yuying Tong and Tianji Cai. (2008). Gene by Social-Context Interactions for Number of Sexual Partners among Male Youths: Genetics-informed Sociology. American Journal of Sociology. 114 Sppl: S36-S66.

Work in Process

¡´ Cai, Tianji, Michael Nino, Nichola Driver, The Effect of School Level Sexual Debut on Sexual Risk-Taking: A Novel Approach to Modeling School Level Health Behaviors, R&R

¡´ Guo, Guang, Yi Li, Craig Owen, Greg Duncan, Tianji Cai, Yilan Fu and Hongyu Wang, Peer Influences, Own Predispositions and Youth Alcohol Use: A Natural Experiment on a College Campus and an Observational Study. R&R

¡´ Lindblad, M., Quercia, R., Riley, S., Jacoby, M., Cai, T., Wang, L., Manturuk, K. Coping with Adversity: Personal Bankruptcy Decisions of Lower-Income Homeowners Before and After Bankruptcy Reform. R&R

¡´ Michael Nino, Tianji Cai, Gabe Ignatow, Philip Yang Generational Peers and Alcohol Misuse, under review.

Courses Taught

Fall 2013 :  
SOCB352 Survey and Sampling
SOCY 215 Understanding Population
Spring 2013:  
MSCR126  Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice



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