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Weiwei Zhang

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Associate Professor

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Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies



Mailing Address

Ag Engineering 215
School of Psych, Soc & Rural Studies-Box 2120
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


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

Academic Responsibilities

Undergraduate Course: Research Methods I, Research Methods II, Introduction to Sociology, Investigating the Social World, Population Studies, Capstone
Graduate Seminar: Advanced Statistics, Spatial Data Analysis, Immigrant and Community, Spatial Thinking in Social Sciences, Community Analysis

Committee Activities

SDSU Information Technology Advisory Committee, 2019-present
Department Scholarship Committee, Chair, 2017-2020
Department Methods Prelim Committee, Chair, 2015-present

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Researcher, South Dakota State University, 2020
Graduate Student Paper Mentor, Great Plains Sociological Association, 2018 and 2019
State Data Center Certificate of Appreciation, U.S. Census Bureau, 2018


Selected Grants and Contracts:
> "Socio-Environmental Systems of Rural Health" SPARC Funding.
> "Analyzing Deaths of Despair Determinants in Rural Areas with Spatiotemporal Considerations". SPARC Funding.
> “Influence of Affective Statistics and Visual Platforms on the Interpretation of Public Health Data”. McComish Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Program, College of Arts, Humanies & Social Sciences.
> “South Dakota Statewide Health Assessment”. South Dakota Department of Health.
> “South Dakota Community Vulnerability Assessment Project”. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
> “2020 Census Count Review”. U.S. Census Bureau.
> “Projections of Freshman Cohort Enrollment to 2033 at South Dakota State University”. Institutional Research & Assessment.
> “K-12 Enrollment Projections to 2025”. Brookings School District Board.
> “Rural Hunger Mapping”. Feeding South Dakota.
> “Mapping Land History in Pine Ridge: A Pilot Project to Develop a Protocol for Collaborating with Tribal Communities on Land Research”. College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
> “Mapping Historical Landscapes in Lakota Narratives”. South Dakota Humanities Council.
> “Unfolding the Settlement History of Prairie Pioneers: A Historical GIS Project of South Dakota Homesteaders from 1862 to 1920”. Office of Research Assurance & Sponsored Programs.

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, 2017-2021

Area(s) of Research

Quantitative, Demographic, and Spatial Methods
Migration and Immigration
Population Health