Olivia Y. Hu

My name is Olivia, but you can call me Liv. I’m a Sociology Ph.D. Candidate studying race, dating, and family-making at the University of Pennsylvania.

More specifically, my research agenda is motivated by two primary questions:

  • How do individuals come to select long-term committed partners, especially across race and class boundaries?

  • What are individuals’ experiences in interracial and interethnic relationships?

I am currently recruiting interview participants for my dissertation project, which has been approved by the University of Pennsylvania’s Institutional Review Board (IRB Protocol Number: 852920).

If you're currently in a romantic relationship with someone of a different ethnic or racial background and you identify as East Asian, I would like to hear about your thoughts and experiences. The interview will last 1-2 hours, and as a token of appreciation for your time, you will receive $25 upon completing the interview. Below are some of the eligibility criteria for my study:

  • You identify as a man or woman of East Asian descent

  • You are currently in a heterosexual romantic relationship with someone of a different racial or ethnic background

  • You have been with your current partner for at least 3 years

  • You and your romantic partner both currently live in New York

To check if you're fully eligible for the study, please take a couple of minutes to fill out this questionnaire. If you're eligible, I'll contact you to arrange an in-person or virtual (Zoom) interview. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to me at oliviahu@sas.upenn.edu with any questions you may have. Thank you for your consideration.


M.A., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2022

B.S., Sociology and Business Administration, New York University, 2015 (magna cum laude)

Research Interests
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Immigration
  • Family
  • Assortative Mating
  • Multiracial Identities
  • Asian America
  • Gender and Sexualities
  • Research Methods
Courses Taught

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record, Asian Americans in Contemporary Society, Fall 2023

Teaching Assistant, Media and Popular Culture (Prof. David Grazian), Spring 2023

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Sociological Methods (Prof. Regina Baker), Spring 2022

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Sociological Methods (Prof. Melissa Wilde), Fall 2021

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Sociology (Prof. Jerry Jacobs), Fall 2020


Teaching Awards

The Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students, 2022


Teaching Certifications

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Teaching Certificate, 2022

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