Cheng Wang

Cheng Wang

Assistant Professor

(313)577-2930 (Main Sociology Office)

 2257 Facultry Administration Building

Curriculum vitae

Cheng Wang


Department of Sociology

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Social Network Analysis
  • Computational Social Science
  • Stats & Methods


  • B.A. Ecnomic Sociology, Nanjing University, 1998
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 2009
  • PhD. Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 2012

Selected publications

Wang, Cheng. 2021. "The Randomness and Robustness of Triadic, Tetradic, and Pentadic Evolution Patterns in a Large-Scale Mobile Phone Network." SN Computer Science, 2: 440.

Wang, Cheng, John R. Hipp, Carter T. Butts, and Cynthia M. Lakon. 2021. "Insight into Selecting Adolescents for Drinking Intervention Programs: A Simulation Based on Stochastic Actor-Oriented Models." Prevention Science, DOI: 10.1007/s11121-021-01261-4.

Wang, Cheng. 2021. "Smoking Prevalence, Core/Periphery Network Positions, and Peer Influence: Findings from Five Datasets on Us Adolescents and Young Adults." PLoS ONE, 16(3): e0248990.

Wang, Cheng, Omar Lizardo, and David S. Hachen. 2021. "Using Big Data to Examine the Effect of Urbanism on Social Networks." Journal of Urban Affairs, 43(1): 40-56.

Hipp, John R., Rupa Jose, Carter T. Butts, Cheng Wang, and Cynthia M. Lakon. 2021. "A Multi-Contextual Examination of Non-School Friendships and their Impact on Adolescent Deviance and Alcohol Use." PLoS ONE, 16(2): e0245837.

Wang, Cheng, Omar Lizardo, and David S. Hachen. 2021. "Using Fitbit Data to Examine Factors that Affect Daily Activity Levels of College Students." PLoS ONE, 16(1): e0244747.

Wang, Cheng, Carter T. Butts, John R. Hipp, and Cynthia M. Lakon. 2020. "Model Adequacy Checking/Goodness-of-fit Testing for Behavior in Joint Dynamic Network/Behavior Models, with an Extension to Two-mode Networks." Sociological Methods and Research, DOI: 10.1177/0049124120914933.

Wang, Cheng, Omar Lizardo, and David S. Hachen. 2020. "Using Fitbit Data to Monitor the Heart Rate Evolution Patterns of College Students." Journal of American College Health, DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2020.1775610.

Wang, Cheng, Omar Lizardo, and David S. Hachen. 2020. "Neither Influence nor Selection: Examining Co-Evolution of Political Orientation and Social Networks in the Netsense and Nethealth Studies." PLoS ONE, 15(5): e0233458.

Sepulvado, Brandon, Michael L. Wood, Ethan Fridmanski, Cheng Wang, Matthew J. Chandler, Omar Lizardo, and David S. Hachen. 2020. "Behavioral Trajectory Similarity in Social Networks and Its Correlates." Social Science Computer Review, DOI: 10.1177/0894439320923123.

Currently teaching

  • SOC 2300 Social Inequality (Undergraduates), 3 credits, Winter 2021
  • SOC 3200 Methods for Social Research (Undergraduates), 3 credits, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Fall 2021
  •  SOC 7530 Social Network Analysis (Graduates), 3 credits, Fall 2020

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