Nancy E. Riley

Affiliation: Sociology
A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences - on leave for the 2021-22 academic year

Research and Teaching Interests

Gender; comparative study of families; intrafamily relationships and power; social demography, particularly feminist and critical demography; Asia (particularly East Asia and China); birth planning in China; Chinese/Chinese American experience in the United States, race/ethnicity in Hawai`i; public health.

Nancy Riley’s current projects include two book projects. The first (Columbia University Press) focuses on Honolulu’s Chinatown and the historical and contemporary experience of Chinese in Hawai`i, using archival, observation, interview, and census data. The second (Polity Press) examines gender, reproduction, and control of reproduction across the world.

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  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University
  • MPH, University of Hawai`i
  • MA, University of Hawai`i
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania