Karl Ng

Assistant Professor of Sociology

I am a social demographer who studies the links between the sociology of migration, fertility, and family in different social contexts.

  • PhD, Sociology, McGill University
  • MA, Sociology, National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan)
  • BA, Double Major in Political Science and Sociology, National Taiwan University


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My recent work has focused on two complementary themes. First, how home country context and parent-child socialization shape the integration and acculturation process of family norms and behaviors among the children of immigrants. Second, the importance of family ties for migrants and the intergenerational transmission of culture, religion, and language in migrant families. In addition to migration studies and social demography, my work contributes to research in political sociology, sociology of the family, and gender studies. I rely heavily on quantitative methods such as multilevel modeling, even-history analysis, sequence and clustering methods, latent variable approaches, causal analysis, and Bayesian approaches to statistical inference.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Social Demography
  • International Migration
  • Sociology of the Family 

Course Sampling

  • Sociology of Families and Intimate Relationships
  • Population, Society and Environment
  • Population, Environment and Society in Asia
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
  • Tools for Quantitative Analysis 

  • Social Demography
  • International Migration
  • Sociology of the Family

  • Brauner-Otto, Sarah, Chih-Lan Winnie Yang, and Ka U Ng. 2023 Womens Employment Trajectories in Nepal: Stratification and Change. Demographic Research, online first.
  • Ng, Ka U. 2023 Religion or Language? How Family Socialization Shapes the Influence of Parental Origin-country Fertility Norms on the Ideal Family Size among the Children of Immigrants in France. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, online first
  • Ng, Ka U. 2022 Which Social Contacts with Natives Matter? Attitudes toward Gender Roles of Muslim Immigrants and Their Children in Western Europe. International Migration, online first.
  • Ng, Ka U, 2022. Are Muslim Immigrants Assimilating? Cultural Assimilation Trajectories in Immigrants Attitudes towards Gender Role in Europe. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 48(15): 3641-3667
  • Wan, Kin Man, Ka U Ng and Thung-Hong Lin. 2020. The Political Economy of Football: Democracy, Income Inequality, and Men's National Football Performance. Social Indicators Research, 151: 9811013. (Equal contribution from authors)
  • Ng, Ka U and Chih-Jou Jay Chen. 2018. Married Mothers Employment in East Asian Countries: A Comparison of China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. Comparative Sociology, 17(6): 738-758.
  • Chen, Chih-Jou Jay and Ka U Ng. 2017. Public Attitudes toward Marriage Migrants in Taiwan: The Ten-Year Change, 2004-2014. Journal of Social Science and Philosophy, 29 (3): 415-452. (In Chinese)