Lei “Frank” Zhang, Ph.D.

 Lei “Frank” Zhang, Ph.D.

Lei “Frank” Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
ACAD 428

Dr. Lei Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

He is a quantitative methodologist and a social network analyst. His research interests include statistical modeling, causal analysis, data mining, social network analysis, personal and organizational social capital, social inequality and social mobility, labor market and entrepreneurship in emerging economies, mental health and subjective wellbeing, as well as Chinese and East Asian societies. He is an experienced user and instructor of Stata, SPSS, SAS, R, Mplus, LISREL, EQS, and UCINET. His recent research focuses on causal effects of guanxi-based corporate social capital on business performance in China and intergenerational social mobility in the U.S.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2016, Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Minnesota
  • 2007, M.Phil. in Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
  • 2005, M.A. in Sociology, Peking University (China)
  • 2002, B.A. in Sociology and B.S. in Economics, Peking University (China)

Courses Taught at UCCS

  • Advanced Statistics & Methods (SOC 5170/4170)
  • Research Methods (SOC 5070)
  • Social Statistics (SOC 3170/5020)
  • Statistics for CJ (CJ 3150)

Online Teaching Channel


  • SPSS Training Videos for Basic and Intermediate Social Statistics
  • Stata Training Videos for Intermediate and Advanced Social Statistics
  • Other inspiring videos on mathematics and social science research methods

Recent Publications