Feng Hou

Feng Hou
Adjunct Professor

PhD (University of Western Ontario, 1997)

Area of expertise

Immigration and the second generation

Feng Hou's research focuses on socioeconomic integration of immigrants and the second generation, dynamics of social diversity, neighbourhoood and community contextual effects, and applied statistical techniques.

He is a senior researcher with Social Analysis Division, Statistics Canada. From 1996 to 1999, he was a researcher with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.


  • Immigration and the second generation
  • Socioeconomic status of racial minorities
  • Ubran residential patterns
  • Applied quantitative methods

Selected publications

Hou, F., Z. Wu, M. Schimmele, and J. Myles. 2015. "Cross-country variation in interracial marriage: a USA-Canada comparison of metropolitan areas." Ethnic and Racial Studies 38(9): 1591-1609. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2015.1005644

Fong, E. and F. Hou. 2015. "Neighbours helping neighbours in multi-ethnic context." Population, Place and Space. DOI: 1002/psp.1991

Frank, K., F. Hou and G. Schellenberg. 2015. "Life satisfaction among immigrants to Canada: Are immigrants more satisfied with their life than their source-country counterparts?" Journal of Happiness Studies DOI 10.1007/s10902-015-9664-2

Frank, K. and F. Hou. 2015. "Beyond culture: source country female labour force participation and earnings of immigrant women?" Work, Employment and Society. DOI: 10.1177/0950017015587874.

Wu, Zheng, C. Schimmele, and F. Hou. 2015."Group differences in intermarriage with whites between Asians, Blacks and Hispanics: The effects of assimilation and structural constraints." Journal of Social Issues 71(4): 733-754. Doi: 10.1111/josi.12146

Beiser, M., S. Puente, and F. Hou. 2015. "Cultural distance and emotional problems among immigrant and refugee youth in Canada." International Journal of Intercultural Relations 49(6):33-45. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.06.005

Frank, K. and F. Hou. 2015. "Source country gender roles and the division of labor within immigrant families." Journal of Marriage and Family 77:557-574. DOI:10.1111/jomf.12171

Wu, Z., C.M. Schimmele, and F. Hou. 2015. "Family structure, social engagement, and post-secondary education." Family Relations 64:205-220. DOI:10.1111/fare.12112