Dr. Qing Lai is Associate Professor of Sociology and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University.
He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, where he developed his expertise in demography and survey methodology at the Institute for Social Research's Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center. He also holds an M.A. in Sociology from Temple University and a B.A. in English from Anhui University in Hefei, China.
His research interests include Chinese Muslims, Cuban studies, and quantitative methods. He analyzes census and various survey data to examine the political views of Cuban immigrants in South Florida. He has served as Co-Principal Investigator of the FIU Cuba Poll since 2020.
Dr. Lai has published peer-reviewed articles in professional journals such as Social Science Research, Chinese Sociological Review, Research in the Sociology of Work, Natural Hazards, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. He is currently working on a book manuscript (with Guillermo J. Grenier) titled Outliers: Political Incorporation of Cuban Americans in South Florida.