About Yi Zhao
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I am a Ph.D candidate in the School of Sociology, where I study organization theory and social network analysis. My research focuses on the social processes enabling and challenging organizations in contributing to the betterment of society, and I'm particularly interested in the influence of network community and external audiences on pro-social behaviors of corporations. I use statistics, network analysis and computational methods to explore organizational dynamics in the empirical settings of corporate social responsibility, social impact investment, social entrepreneurship. My dissertation studies how social impact investors screen and select investment opportunities.
I earned a M.A. in sociology from the University of Arizona, a M.P.A. from Cornell University, and a B.A. in English from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.
I am from Luoyang, China. With the performance as the character "Revolucionario" in the play Los Vendidos, I won the Best Supporting Actor in the First Beijing University-Wide Drama Competition of 2007. Something of which I would occasionally remind myself when I fail to reject the null hypothesis.
SOC 314 The Nonprofit Sector: Charity, Philanthropy and Volunteering (spring 2019)
SOC 357 The Pursuit of Happiness (winter 2018)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (winter 2017)