Department of Sociology

Minle Xu

M.S., University of Texas at Austin



Marriage; Health; Parenthood; Division of Labor; Work and Family Conflict; Quantitative Methods


Minle is interested in quantitative studies on structural and contextual determinants of marital quality and how marriage and parenthood shape individual’s mental and physical health from the life course perspective.

Her research focuses on the association between marital quality and cognitive health over time among older adults. Her dissertation will examine the relations between parenthood and health with a focus on the potential mediators and moderators.

Minle has published in Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.  Her most recent book chapter published in Dynamic Demographic Analysis proposed the Bayesian ridge model as an alternative approach to solve the identification problem of age-period-cohort model.

Minle is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and a graduate student trainee in the Population Research Center. She earned her M.A. in Sociology from Purdue University and M.S. in Statistic at the University of Texas at Austin. 

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