Simon Cheng

Simon Cheng

Associate Professor of Sociology

322 Manchester Hall
860 486-8814

PhD., 2003, Sociology, Indiana University
M.S., 1997, Sociology, University of Utah
B.S., 1995, Educational Studies, University of Utah


Simon Cheng joined the University of Connecticut in the spring of 2004. His academic interests include race/ethnicity, education, family, political economy, and quantitative methods.

Simon has published articles in these areas and is currently working on several others. His most recent studies focus on the educational experiencse of multiracial multiracial adolescent, multiracial perceptions, and adolescent sexuality.

Simon loves playing tennis.


Cheng, Simon and Brian Powell. 2015. “Measurement, Methods, and Divergent Patterns: Reassessing the Effects of Same-Sex Parents.” Social Science Research, doi:

Cheng, Simon, Laura Hamilton, Stacy A. Missari, and Kuo-hsun Josef Ma. 2014. “Sexual Subjectivity among Adolescent Girls: Social Disadvantage and Young Adult Outcomes.” Social Forces 93(2):515-44.

Cheng, Simon and Brian Powell. 2011. “Misclassification By Whom? A Comment on Campbell and Troyer.” American Sociological Review 76:347-355.

Cheng, Simon and Kathryn J. Lively. 2009. “Multiracial Self-Identification and Adolescent Outcomes: A Social Psychological Approach to the Marginal Man Theory.” Social Forces 88: 61-98.

Cheng, Simon, Yingmei Xi, and Ming-Hui Chen. 2008. “A New Mixture Model for Misclassification with Applications for Survey Data.” Sociological Methods & Research 37: 75-104.

Cheng, Simon, Regina E. Werum, and Leslie Martin. 2007. “Adult Social Capital: How Family and Community Ties Shape Track Placement of Ethnic Groups in Germany.” American Journal of Education 114: 41-74.

Cheng, Simon and Brian Powell. 2007. “Under And Beyond Constraints: Resource Allocation To Young Children From Biracial Families.” American Journal of Sociology 112: 1044-1094.

Hamilton, Laura, Simon Cheng, and Brian Powell. 2007. “Adoptive Parents, Adaptive Parents: Evaluating the Importance of Biological Ties for Parental Investment.” American Sociological Review 72: 95-116.

Cheng, Simon and J. Scott Long. 2007. “Testing for IIA in the Multinomial Logit Model.” Sociological Methods & Research 35(4): 583-600.

Cheng, Simon and Brian Starks. 2002. “Racial Differences in the Effects of Significant Others on Students’ Educational Expectations.” Sociology of Education 75(4): 306-327.

Brooks, Clem and Simon Cheng. 2001. “Declining Government Confidence and Policy Preferences in the U.S.: Devolution, Regime Effects, or Symbolic Change?” Social Forces 79(4): 1343-1375.