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Linda Zhao

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Linda Zhao

Linda Zhao is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Cornell Population Center. Her research centers on networks and neighborhoods, especially in how they relate to inequality and intergroup dynamics in three substantive areas: immigrant integration, policing, and health. As a computational social scientist, she analyzes networks and longitudinal data using a wide range of quantitative methods, such as agent-based models, marginal structural models, and statistical network models. Some examples of her recent work include a study on the origins of ethnic homophily in adolescent friendship networks, a study on the implications of neighborhood-level inequality for mortality, and a study on the relationship between officer networks and police misconduct. Prior to her postdoctoral work, she earned a PhD from Harvard in Sociology in 2020, a master's in Statistics from Harvard in 2017, and a bachelor's in Economics from Princeton in 2013.

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Currently, our research focuses primarily on gun violence prevention and community violence intervention (CVI), policing practices, and public safety, and we are expanding into other areas that effect neighborhood health and well-being.
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