Yuan Hsiao

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

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

E-Mail: yahsiao@uw.edu

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. Forthcoming. “Network Diffusion of competing behavior.”Advance online publicationat Journal of Computational Social Science
  • 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.
  • 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.                                                                                       
  • 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.    
  • 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.                
  • 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 (Equal contribution and listed alphabetically). 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.       
  • Powell, Tara, Shang-Ju Li, Yuan Hsiao, Chloe Ettari, Anish Bhandari, Anne Peterson and Niva Shakya. 2019. “Investigating the aftershock of a disaster:  A study of health service utilization and mental health symptoms in post-earthquake Nepal.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16(8): 1369.
  • 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).
  • 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 (Equal Contribution and listed alphabetically). 2018. “Activists on the cloud? An empirical test on commitment for online and offline protest participants.” Information, Communication & Society 21(7): 996-1013.