Ms Di Mei

PhD Student



My research interests involve gender, Asians and immigration, and popular culture.  I am interested in gender issues concerning Asians in various forms.  My first research interest involves how Chinese youth perceive femininities and masculinities in their daily experiences.  I perceive the construction of gender ideologies as a mutual process involving both genders, shaping one another.  Additionally, I am intrigued by the impact of digital technology in the post-COVID era on the intimate relationships of Chinese, examining how these factors influence their well-being and gender equality.

Using qualitative methods, my current research project aims to explore the perception of regional masculinities of local Shanghai men, and how do they strategically cope with modern challenges to their masculinities in the context of modernization in China since the 1980s.

Another area of my current interest is to explore gender ideologies and consciousness of feminism in Chinese online communities, which may have the potential to extend to their offline world.

I have worked as a research assistant in multiple qualitative and quantitative projects. Moreover, my teaching experience covers areas including: introduction to Sociology, marriage and family, sexuality, and cybersocieties.


MA in Sociology
Temple University (Philadelphia, the United States)

BA in Public Finance
Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (Shanghai, China)

Research interests

Family and intimate relationships
Asians and immigration
Popular culture and media

Current research

My main research interest is gender. Two focused areas are power dynamics between genders, and ideologies of both genders.

Honours and recognitions

The second prize of the People’s Scholarship, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, 2015

The third prize of Shanghai Undergraduates Social Science Forum, Shanghai, China, 2014

Selected publications

Nicholson, H. L., & Mei, D. (2023). Predicting group consciousness among Asian Americans: Considering commonalities, shared interests, panethnic group identification, and linked fate. Sociology Compass, 17( 2), e13051. https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.13051

Nicholson, H. L., & Mei, D. (2020). Racial Microaggressions and Self-rated Health Among Asians and Asian Americans. Race and Social Problems, 12(3), 209-218. doi:10.1007/s12552-020-09293-1