Xiaojin Chen Associate Professor Department of Sociology Tulane University

Xiaojin Chen

Associate Professor
220H Newcomb Hall


Ph.D., Iowa State University


Research Interests

  • Migration and Children's Development in China,
  • Life Course/Developmental Criminology, Victimization,
  • Research Methods, and Social Statistics

Current Research Projects

My research interests focus on life course criminology, victimization,and mental disorder among disadvantaged populations. I am currently working on a project, "Internalizing and Externalizing Behavior among Left-behind Children in Rural China", which explores the effects of rural-to-urban migration on children's development, including child abuse, victimization, and mental health problems.

Selected Publications

Chen, Xiaojin. 2009. “The linkage between deviant lifestyles and violent victimization: An examination from a life course perspective”. Journal of Interpersonal Violence Vol. 24 (7): 1083-1110.

Chen, Xiaojin & Michele Adams (2010). Are teen delinquency abstainers social introverts? A test of Moffitt’s theory. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 47 (4): 439-468.

Thrane, Lisa & Xiaojin Chen (2010). Runaway behavior and female sexual onset: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Journal of Adolescent Health 46: 32-36.

Chen, Xiaojin (2010). Desire for autonomy and adolescent delinquency: A latent growth curve analysis. Criminal Justice and Behavior 37 (9): 989 - 1004.


  • Soci 7360 Structural Equation Modeling
  • CCC 7300 Quantitative Analysis
  • Soci 3040 Introduction to Research Analysis
  • Soci 3030 Introduction to Research Methods
  • Soci 1080 Deviant Behavior