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Jiannbin Shiao

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  • Title: Associate Professor, Associate Department Head
  • Phone: 541-346-5366
  • Office: 613 PLC
  • Office Hours: Winter 2023: Tuesday and Wednesday 2-3 (Zoom) or by appointment
  • Interests: Race and Ethnicity, Theory Knowledge Science, Qualitative Approaches, Quantitative Approaches
  • Curriculum Vitae


Professor Shiao received his B.A. in Women's Studies from Brown University in 1991, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. He joined the University of Oregon faculty as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in 1998 and later served Dartmouth College as Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies before rejoining the UO faculty in 2009. His scholarship has examined significant cases of interracial relations in the United States, with a recurring emphasis on the experiences of Asian Americans. These cases have included the rise of diversity policies in the 1990s among nonprofit organizations, the racial/ethnic identities and life experiences of international adoptees, and the role of interracial intimacy in contemporary race relations. His research has primarily employed qualitative methods within a mixed-methods approach that bridges quantitative and qualitative research and has received funding from the Russell Sage Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

Research Interests

  • social demography of race/ethnicity
  • social segregation and interracial intimacy
  • racial/ethnic identity of transracial adoptees
  • philanthropic diversity policy

Teaching Areas

  • race & ethnicity
  • Asian American studies
  • research methods

Selected Publications

Shiao, Jiannbin Lee and Ashley Woody. 2020. “The Meaning of ‘Racism’.” Sociological Perspectives. Sage OnlineFirst:1-23. 

Shiao, Jiannbin Lee. 2019. “When (In)Consistency Matters: Racial Identification and Specification.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. 5:1-18.

Shiao, Jiannbin Lee. 2018. “It Starts Early: Toward a Longitudinal Analysis of Interracial Intimacy.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4:508-526.

Shiao, Jiannbin Lee, Thomas Bode, Amber Beyer, and Daniel Selvig. 2012. “The Genomic Challenge to the Social Construction of Race.” Sociological Theory 30(2):67-88. (Lead article)

Tuan, Mia and Jiannbin Lee Shiao. 2011. Choosing Ethnicity, Negotiating Race: Korean Adoptees in America. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press.

Shiao, Jiannbin Lee and Mia H. Tuan. 2008. “Korean Adoptees and the Social Context of Ethnic Exploration.” American Journal of Sociology 113 (4):1023-1066.

Shiao, Jiannbin Lee. 2005. Identifying Talent, Institutionalizing Diversity: Race and Philanthropy in Post-Civil Rights America.  Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press.