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Qingfang Wang

Qingfang Wang

Associate Professor of Public Policy

School of Public Policy
4163 Interdisciplinary South
(951) 827-5581

Research Areas

  • Immigration, race/ethnicity, gender, and urban labor market
  • Entrepreneurship and community and regional development
  • Mobility and transnational migration of the highly-skilled
  • Higher education as knowledge-production industry


  • Ph.D. University of Georgia, 2005
  • M.S. Central University of Finance and Economics, China, 1997
  • B.S. Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, China, 1994


Qingfang Wang is associate professor of public policy at UC Riverside. Her research area lies broadly in immigration, labor market, and development. With a Ph.D. in geography, Wang is particularly interested in how place–as both work site and residential location–interacts with race, immigration status, and gender in shaping labor market experiences and social-economic wellbeing. Her work has been funded by the Kauffman Foundation, National Science Foundation, HUD, and other agencies. Her recent work includes research on immigrant, ethnic and female entrepreneurship, and transnational migration of the highly skilled, especially in the higher education sector.



Peer-Reviewed Publications (*student co-authorship)

  1. Wang, Q. and Morell, E.* 2015. Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Business Ownership: From a Community Development Perspective.  Forthcoming, Environment and Planning A.
  2. Schuch, C.* and Wang, Q. 2015. Immigrant Businesses, Place Making, and Community Development: A Case from an Emerging Immigration Gateway. Journal of Cultural Geography . . DOI:10.1080/08873631.2014.995403.

                    The research is highlighted by American Immigration Council here.

  1. Wang, Q. 2015. Foreign-Born Status, Gender, and Hispanic Self-Employment across U.S. Metropolitan Labor Markets: A Multilevel Approach. Economic Development Quarterly . Published online doi: 10.1177/089124241559883

A related commentary on Hispanic entrepreneurship can be found here at (one of the leading outlets covering the personal finance industry). 

  1. Liu, C., Painter, G. and Wang, Q. 2015. “Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Agglomeration in High-Tech Industries in the U.S.” in C. Karlsson, U. Gråsjö and S. Wixe (ed) Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy, 184–209. Edward Elgar. DOI: 10.4337/9781783477326

Related research project has been widely covered in the media such as Bloomberg Radio, Miami Herald, Portland Oregonian, and Dallas Morning News.

  1. Wang, Q. and Liu, C. 2014. Transnational Activities of Immigrant-Owned Firms and Their Performances in the Unites States. Journal of Small Business Economics .  DOI: 10.1007/s11187-014-9595-z. 

A related commentary on immigrant entrepreneurs is covered by CNNMoney.

  1. Wang, Q. Tang, L. and Li, H. 2014. Return Migration of the Highly-Skilled in Higher Education Institutions: A Chinese University Case. Population, Space, and Place . DOI: 10.1002/psp.1855.


  1. 7.          Wang, Q. Gleave, S*. and Lysenko, T.* 2014. Ethnic Concentration and Entrepreneurship: The Case of African Americans in Three U.S. Metropolitan Areas. Urban Geography DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2014.941710
  2. Wang, Q. 2013. Business Segmentation by Gender and Race/Ethnicity: Evidence from the U.S. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship 26(3) 299-321.
  3. Wang, Q. 2013. Constructing a Multilevel Spatial Approach in Ethnic Entrepreneurship Studies. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research 19(1): 97 – 113.
  4. Wang, Q. 2013. Beyond Ethnic Enclaves? Exploring the Spatial Distribution of Latino-Owned Employer Firms in Two U.S. Immigration Gateways. Journal of Urban Affairs 35(5): 569-58.
  5. Wang, Q. and Lysenko, T*. 2013. Underemployment of Immigrants in the United States: From a Spatial Perspective. Urban Studies . DOI: 10.1177/0042098013506043.

This study is reported by USAPP– American Politics and Policy that is hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science Economics at here.

  1. Liu, C., Miller, J*. and Wang, Q. 2013. Ethnic Enterprises and Community Development. GeoJournal . DOI: 10.1007/s10708-013-9513-y.
  2. Racine, E. F. Wang, Q, Laditka SB, Johnson CR*, Mignery A. 2013. The Characteristics and Concentration of SNAP Approved Stores and Community Health. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 8(3): 350-361.
  3. Gleave, S.* and Wang, Q. 2013. Latino Labor Market Concentration in the US South. Southeastern Geographer 53(2): 157-176.
  4. Wang, Q. 2012. Ethnic Entrepreneurship Studies in Geography: A Review. Geography Compass 6/4: 227–240.
  5. Wang, Q. 2011. African American and Hispanic Self-Employment in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. Southeastern Geographer 51(1): 89-109.
  6. Wang, Q. 2010. How Does Geography Matter in the Ethnic Labor Market Segmentation Process? A Case Study of Chinese Immigrants in the San Francisco CMSA. The Annals of Association of American Geographers 100 (1): 182 – 201.
  7. Wang, Q. 2010. Immigration and Ethnic Entrepreneurship: A Comparative Study in the United States. Growth and Change 41 (3): 430-458.
  8. Wang, Q. 2010. The Earnings Effect of Ethnic Labor Market Concentration under Multi-Racial Metropolitan Contexts in the United States. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (Journal of Economic and Social Geography ) 101(2): 161-176.
  9. Wang, Q. and Walcott, S. 2010. Geography of Ethnic Self-Employment in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. Southeastern Geographer 50(3): 323-345.
  10. Wang, Q. 2009. Gender, Ethnicity and Self-Employment: A Multilevel Analysis across U.S. Metropolitan Areas. Environment and Planning A 41(8): 1979-1996.
  11. Wang, Q. 2008. Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Job Earnings across Metropolitan Areas in the United States: A Multilevel Analysis. Urban Studies 45(4): 825-843.
  12. Wang, Q. and Li, W. 2007. Entrepreneurship, Ethnicity and Local Contexts: Hispanic Entrepreneurs in Three Southern Metropolitan Areas. GeoJournal 68: 167-182.
  13. Wang, Q. and Pandit, K. 2007. Measuring Ethnic Labour Market Concentration and Segmentation.  Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 33(8): 1227 -1252.
  14. Wang, Q. 2006. Linking Home to Work: Ethnic Labor Market Concentration in the San Francisco CMSA. Urban Geography 27(1): 72-92.
  15. Wang, Q. 2004. Asians’ Concentration in the U.S. Urban Labor Market: A Disaggregated Study, Population, Space and Place 10(6): 479-494.
Wang, Q. and Pandit, K. 2003. The Emergence of Ethnic Niches in New Immigrant Destinations: An Examination of Atlanta’s Labor Market, 1980-1990. Southeastern Geographer 63(2): 159-180.

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