Ph.D., Sociology, University of Washington, 2021

M.S., Statistics, University of Washington, 2021


Office: CMU 327

Yuan Hsiao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. His major research explores the intersection of political communication, social media, and social networks. He is particularly interested in bringing a social network perspective to understanding a variety of communication and social processes, such as how networks on social media contribute to protest mobilization, how social interactions shape the production of misinformation and public opinion, how spatial and social relationships affect the spread of religion, or how community networks affect health behavior. He then combines multiple sources of data, such as “big” digital data, survey experiments, or historical archives, to glean insight into general theoretical processes. His work spans the disciplines of communication, sociology, political science, and public health, and he is deeply interested in inter-disciplinary dialogues.


Selected Publications                                                                           

  • Hsiao, Yuan*, John Leverso* and Andrew Papachristos. Forthcoming. “The Corner, the Crew, and the Digital Street: Multiplex networks of gang online-offline conflict dynamics in the digital age.” American Sociological Review
  • Hsiao, Yuan, Lee Fiorio, Jon Wakefield and Emilio Zagheni. Forthcoming “Combining Twitter data with official estimates to predict state-to-state migration rates in the US.” Sociological Methods and Research(see materials here)                                                
  • Lui, Lake, Ken Chih-Yan Sun and Yuan Hsiao. Forthcoming. “How Families Affect Aspirational Emigration Amidst Political Insecurity: The Case of Hong Kong.” Population, Space and Place.                                                                                                                                             
  • Powell, Tara, Jennifer Scott, Paula Yuma and Yuan Hsiao. Forthcoming “Surviving the Storm: Intervening to reduce psychological distress for health and social care providers post-disaster.” Health & Social Care in the Community
  • Hsiao, Yuan and Steven Pfaff. 2022. “The Diffusion of Radical Ideas.” Sociology Compass 16(10): e13023.
  • Kai-Ping Leung, Yuan Hsiao, and Kiran Garimella. 2022. “Solidarity in digital movements: Combining social media data and offline protest events in the Hong Kong Movement.” Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media 2.                                                                                                                  
  • Hsiao, Yuan. 2022. “Network Diffusion of competing behavior.” Journal of Computational Social Science 1-14.    
  • Hsiao, Yuan and Scott Radnitz. 2021. “Allies or Agitators? How Partisan Identity Shapes Public Opinion about Violent or Nonviolent Protests.” Political Communication 38 (4), 479-497.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Hsiao, Yuan. 2021. “Evaluating the Mobilization Effect of Online Political Network Structures: A Comparison between the Black Lives Matter Network and Ideal Type Network Configurations.” Social Forces 99(4): 1547-1574.                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Leverso, John and Yuan Hsiao. 2021. “Gangbangin On The [Face]Book: Understanding Online Interactions of Chicago Latina/o Gangs.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 58 (3), 239-268.                                                                                                                                                     
  • Powell, Tara, Shang-Ju Li and Yuan Hsiao, Michelle Thompson, Aseel Farraj, Mariam Abdoh and Rami Farraj. 2021. “An evaluation of physical versus combined mental health interventions for Syrian refugees in Jordan.” Preventive Medicine Reports 21: 101310        
  • Becker, Sascha*, Yuan Hsiao*, Steven Pfaff* and Jared Rubin*. 2020. “Multiplex Network Ties and the Spatial Diffusion of Radical Innovations: Martin Luther’s Leadership in the Early Reformation.” American Sociological Review 85(5): 857-894.                                                                                     
  • Hsiao, Yuan, Ching-Ling Cheng and Ya-Wen Chiu. 2019. “Gender Network Dynamics in Prosocial and Aggressive Behavior of Early Adolescents.” Social Networks 58: 12-23.         
  • Li, Zehang, Yuan Hsiao, Jessica Godwin, Bryan Martin, Jon Wakefield and Samuel Clark. 2019. “Changes in the Spatial Distribution of the Under Five Mortality Rate: Small-area Analysis of 136 DHS Surveys in 33 Countries in Africa and Asia.” PLoS One 14(1). (Impact Factor: 3.75)
  • Hsiao, Yuan. 2018. “Understanding digital natives in contentious politics: explaining the effect of social media on protest participation through psychological incentives.” New Media & Society 20(9): 3457–3478.                                                                                                                 
  • Hsiao, Yuan* and Yunkang Yang*. 2018. “Activists on the cloud? An empirical test on commitment for online and offline protest participants.” Information, Communication & Society 21(7): 996-1013.

*  Indicates equal authorship