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Xuanren Goodman Wang, Ph.D.

Xuanren Goodman Wang

Assistant Professor

Campus Address: Delaware Hall 249

Email: xsgoodman [at] desu.edu



Sociology and Economics, University of Texas at Austin, 2013 (Undergraduate)

Ph.D., Sociology, Texas A&M University, 2018

Graduate Certificate, Data Analysis, Texas A&M University, 2016

Research Interests

As an experienced demographer and sociologist, the primary objective of my research program is to investigate mechanisms of inequality in health and other socioeconomic outcomes, focusing on potential roles of race, class, gender, and neighborhood of residency. My previous research has focused on three main themes: (1) the effects of race/ethnicity on health outcomes; (2) intergenerational transmission of inequality; and (3) the influence of contextual environmental structure on an individual’s outcomes.

Areas of expertise

  • Survey Design
  • Data Analytics
  • Project Management
  • Grant Writing
  • Statistics
  • Program Evaluation

Consultation Expertise

I was trained in survey research, in-depth interviews and focus groups, secondary data analysis, and demographic methods. Applying advanced mixed methods research designs, I apply both quantitative and qualitative methods in my research. In my projects, I have successfully recruited participants from hard-to-reach populations, maintained the datasets, designed surveys, followed up with participants for longitudinal surveys, conducted in-depth interviews and focus groups, performed advanced statistical analyses, and published/presented the findings.

Selected Publications

  • Wang, S. X., Goodman, J., and Laurenceau, J.P. (2023). Was the 2020 Presidential Election Nerve Wracking? Changes in Mental Health among College Dreamers. Delaware Journal of Public Health, 9(14).

  • Dillard, D., Billie, M., Bell-Rogers, N., Wang, S. X., & Harrington, M. A. (2022). The Benefits of Community Engaged Research in Creating Place-Based Responses to COVID-19. Delaware Journal of Public Health, 8(3), 60.

  • Wang, S. X., Bell-Rogers, N., Harrington, M.A., & Dillard, D. (2022). COVID-19 Testing in Delaware’s Underserved Communities: Demographic and Social Determinants of Testing Inequality. Discover Social Science and Health 2(9). https://doi.org/10.1007/s44155-022-00013-1

  • Wang, S. X., and Goodman, J. (2022). Mental Health of HBCU College Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of American College Health, 1-7. doi: /10.1080/07448481.2022.2072173

  • Wang, S.X., Bell-Rogers, N., Dillard, D., & Harrington, M.A. (2021) COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Delaware’s Underserved Communities. Delaware Journal of Public Health. 7(4), 168-175.

  • Wang, S. X. and Sakamoto, A. (2021) An Analysis of Intergenerational Transmission of Education among Hispanic Americans. Frontiers in Sociology 6:657980. doi: 10.3389/fsoc.2021.657980

  • Wang, S. X. and Sakamoto, A. (2021) Can Education Sometimes Ameliorate Racial/Ethnic Disadvantage? An Analysis of the Wages of College-Educated Hispanics and Whites. Sage Open,11(2). doi:10.1177/21582440211009197

  • Sakamoto, A., Amaral, E. F., Wang, S. X., & Nelson, C. (2021). The Socioeconomic Attainments of Second-Generation Nigerian and Other Black Americans: Evidence from the Current Population Survey, 2009 to 2019. Socius, 7, 23780231211001971.

  • Sakamoto, A. & Wang, S. X. (2020) Deconstructing Hyper-Selectivity: Are the Socioeconomic Attainments of Second-Generation Asian Americans Only Due to Their Class Background? Chinese Journal of Sociology.

  • Sakamoto, A., & Wang, S. X. (2020). A Critical Appraisal of Occupational Mobility Tables Versus Economic Models in the Study of Intergenerational Mobility. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.


  • Catholic Charities USA. PI. 2023-2025. $300,000. Evaluation Project of the Healthy Housing Program. Catholic Charities USA.

  • NIH. Co-I. 2022-2027. NIH-Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program (RCMI). PIs: Melissa Harrington & Sangeeta Gupta.

  • NIH. 1U01GM138430-01. M-PI. 2020-2024. $1,460,000. Investigating Family Support Interventions for Freshmen.

  • NIH. 3 P20 GM103653-09S1.M-PI. 2020-2023. $1,129,224. Social and Behavioral Implications for COVID-19 Testing in Delaware’s Underrepresented Communities.

  • CTR-ACCEL. PI. 2020-2021. $20,000. The Mental Health of College DREAMers.