Yi Zhao

About Yi Zhao


Thank you for visiting my page. 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 local communities on organizational behaviors, and vice versa. I use statistics, network analysis and computational methods to explore organizational dynamics in the empirical settings of social impact investment, social entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility. My dissertation studies how B-cetified impact investors may use local communities of enterprises as a signal for screening 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 China.

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. 

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Yi Zhao
PhD candidate
Office: Social Sciences 416a

Courses Taught

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (online, winter 2017)