Min Zhou

Min Zhou
Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor
Office: COR A359

PhD 2011 (Harvard)

Area of expertise

International sociology

Min Zhou is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria. He received his PhD and Master’s degrees from Harvard University in the United States. Before coming to North America, he had his college education at Peking University in China. This global living experience informs his sociological research. He takes a unique perspective when analyzing global market networks, global norms and East Asia relations — research areas traditionally seen as belonging to economics, political science or international relations. He has published articles in Canadian Review of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Science Research, International Sociology, the Sociological Quarterly, Rationality and Society, and Sociological Forum.

Min Zhou’s research interests fall under the rubric of globalization and transnational sociology. Currently he is working on three projects that cover distinct aspects of global change. First, he examines the efficacy of regional trade agreements (RTAs) in promoting global market expansion. Most RTAs are driven by economic neoliberalism (“negative integration”), and not all RTAs deliberately establish institutions that support new markets (“positive integration”). This research empirically tests the sociological insight that creating necessary institutions is essential for market expansion.

Second, his research digs into why governments support global institutions that fight for global norms, such as human rights and environmental protection, despite obvious conflict between these norms and state sovereignty.

Third, his recent SSHRC-funded project studies the involvement of grassroots organizations in the Anti-Japanese Movement in China. The relationship between China and Japan has been turbulent recently. Anti-Japanese mass demonstrations erupt in China periodically. This research investigates how the protests were mobilized swiftly and what mobilization strategies were employed. This project will not only contribute to our understanding of the multilayered quality of Sino-Japanese relations and China’s changing social fabric, but will also offer insights into new forms of social movements in the context of globalization.

Faces of UVic Research video

In this video, Min discusses his research on global economics and how ordinary citizens help shape government policy.


Refereed articles

Zhou, Min and Wei Guo. 2021. “Social Factors and Worry Associated with COVID-19: Evidence from a Large Survey in China.” Social Science & Medicine 277: 113934. (online first: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.113934).

Zhou, Min and Wei Guo. 2021. “Subjective Distress about COVID-19 and Its Social Correlates: Empirical Evidence from Hubei Province of China.” Journal of Affective Disorders 289: 46-54. (online first https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.04.026).

Zhou, Min. 2020. “Differential Effectiveness of Regional Trade Agreements, 1958-2012: The Conditioning Effects from Homophily and World-System Status.” The Sociological Quarterly (online first: https://doi.org/10.1080/00380253.2020.1834463).

Zhou, Min and Wei Guo. 2020. "Comparision of Second-Child Fertility Intentions between Local and Migrant Women in Urban China: A Blinder-Oaxaca Decomposition." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (online first: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2020.1778456

Zhou, Min and Wei Guo. 2020. "Fertility Intentions of Having a Second Child among the Floating Population in China: Effects of Socioeconomic Factors and Home Ownership." Population Space and Place 26(2): e2289.

Zhou, Min and Tianyang Hu. 2020. "Social Tolerance of Homosexuality: A Quantitative Comparison of Mainland China, Singapore, and Taiwan." Chinese Sociological Review 52(1): 27-55.

Zhou, Min. 2019. "Gender Differences in the Provision of Job-Search Help." Gender & Society 33(5): 746-771.

Zhou, Min. 2019. "The Shifting Burden of Obesity: Changes in the Distribution of Obesity in China, 2010-2015." International Sociology 34(3): 347-367.

Zhou, Min. 2019. "How Elite Chinese Students View Other Countries: Findings from a Survey in Three Top Beijing Universities." Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 47(1): 167-188.

Zhou, Min and Tianyang Hu. 2019. "Jobs Found through Social Contacts: Puzzling Coexistence of Higher Job Satisfaction and Higher Quitting Intentions." The Sociological Quarterly 60(1): 116-137.

Zhou, Min and Hanning Wang. 2018. "The Role of Rationality in Motivating Participation in Social Movements: The Case of Anti-Japanese Demonstrations in China." Rationality and Society (30)1: 155-186.

Zhou, Min and Hanning Wang. 2017. “Anti-Japanese Sentiment among Chinese University Students: The Influence of Nationalist Propaganda.” Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 46(1): 167-185. 

Zhou, Min and Hanning Wang. 2017. “社会运动参与动机的整合模型:以我国反日游行为例” (in Chinese) (“An Integrative Model of Motivations for Movement Participation: The Case of Anti-Japanese Demonstrations in China”). Tsinghua Sociological Review 7: 35-64. 

Zhou, Min and Hanning Wang. 2016. “Participation in Anti-Japanese Demonstrations in China: Evidence from a Survey on Three Elite Universities in Beijing.” Journal of East Asian Studies 16(3): 391-413. 

Zhou, Min. 2016. “Environmental Skepticism and Its Impact on Environmental Behavior in Canada.” International Journal of Canadian Studies 53: 61-84.
Zhou, Min. 2016. "Social and Individual Sources of Self-Identification as Global Citizens: Evidence from the Interactive Multilevel Model." Sociological Perspectives 59(1): 153-176.

Zhou, Min, Gang Wu, and Helian Xu. 2016. "Structure and Formation of Top Networks in International Trade, 2001-2010." Social Networks 44: 9-21.

Zhou, Min. 2015. "Global Distribution of Transnational Human Rights NGOs: The Effects of Domestic Resources and Institutions." Sociological Inquiry. 85(4): 576-599. 

Zhou, Min. 2015. "The Efficacy of Regional Trade Agreements, 1958-2006: The Effect of Institution Creation on Market Expansion." Sociological Forum 30(3): 721-742.

Zhou, Min. 2015.  "Public Environmental Skepticism: A Cross-National and Multi-Level Analysis." International Sociology. 30(1): 61-85

Zhou, Min. 2014. "Signaling Commitments, Making Concessions: Democratization and State Ratification of International Human Rights Treaties, 1966-2006." Rationality and Society 26(4): 475-508.

Zhou, Min. 2013. "Public Environmental Concern in Canada: A Multidimensional Analysis." Canadian Review of Sociology 50(4): 453-481.

Zhou, Min. 2013. “Public Support for International Human Rights Institutions: A Cross-National and Multi-Level Analysis.” Sociological Forum 28(3): 525-548.

Zhou, Min. 2013. “Substitution and Stratification: The Interplay between Dyadic and Systemic Proximity in Global Trade, 1993-2005.” The Sociological Quarterly 54(2): 302-334.

Zhou, Min. 2012. “An Alternative Explanation for Anti-Japanese Sentiment in China: Shifting State-Society Interaction in China’s Japan Policy.” Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia 11(2): 61-75.

Zhou, Min. 2012. “Participation in International Human Rights NGOs: The Effect of Democracy and State Capacity.” Social Science Research 41(5): 1254-1274.

Zhou, Min and Chan-ung Park. 2012. “The Cohesion Effect of Structural Equivalence on Global Bilateral Trade, 1948-2000.” International Sociology 27(4): 502-523.

Zhou, Min. 2011. “Intensification of Geo-Cultural Homophily in Global Trade: Evidence from the Gravity Model.” Social Science Research 40(1): 193-209.

Zhou, Min. 2010. “Multidimensionality and Gravity in Global Trade, 1950-2000.” Social Forces 88(4): 1619-1643.

Book chapters

Zhou, Min. 2020. “The International Trade Network.” Pp. 583-597 in The Oxford Handbook of Social Networks, edited by Ryan Light and James Moody. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190251765.013.36. (online: https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190251765.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780190251765-e-36

Beckfield, Jason and Min Zhou. 2012. “Embedded Regionalism.” Pp. 81-93 in New Visions for Market Governance: Crisis and Renewal, edited by Kate Macdonald, Shelley Marshall and Sanjay Pinto. Routledge.