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Weiwei Zhang

Weiwei Zhang


Assistant Professor

Office Building

Hansen Hall



Mailing Address

Hansen Hall 009D
Sociology & Rural Studies-Box 670A
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Vita-20170918-104801-CDT.pdf(147.99 KB)


PHD, Brown University, Providence, RI 2014
MA, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 2006
BA, Suzhou University, Suzhou China 2001

Academic Responsibilities

Courses Taught: Research Methods I (undergraduate, online), Research Methods II (undergraduate, online), Advanced Statistics (graduate, face-to-face), Spatial Data Analysis (graduate, face-to-face), Immigrant and Community (graduate, online), Spatial Thinking in Social Sciences (graduate, face-to-face), Data Analysis (graduate, face-to-face)

Committee Activities

SDSU Information Technology Committee, 2019-present
Department Scholarship Committee, Chair, 2017-present
Department Methods Prelim Committee, Chair, 2015-present
Director, State Data Center, Department of Sociology and Rural Studies, 2015-2018

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Researcher, South Dakota State University, 2020
Graduate Student Paper Mentor, Great Plains Sociological Association, 2018
State Data Center Certificate of Appreciation, U.S. Census Bureau, 2018


Selected Grants and Contracts, 2018-2020
1. “Mapping Land History in Pine Ridge: A Pilot Project to Develop a Protocol for Collaborating with Tribal Communities on Land Research”;
2. “Rural Hunger Mapping”;
3. "Unfolding the Settlement History of Prairie Pioneers: A Historical GIS Project of South Dakota Homesteaders from 1862 to 1920";
4. “South Dakota Statewide Health Assessment”;
5. “Mapping Historical Landscapes in Lakota Narratives”;
6. “South Dakota Community Vulnerability Assessment Project”;
7. “2020 Census Count Review”

Professional Memberships

State Demographer, 2015-present
State Representative, Federal-State-Cooperative-Population Estimates, 2015-present
Membership Committee, Rural Sociological Society, 2017-present
Nomination and Election Committee, Midwest Sociological Society, 2017-present

Area(s) of Research

Neighborhood and Community, Migration, , Demographic Methods, Spatial Methods, Quantitative Methods