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Dr. Feng Hao

Title: Associate Professor
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Phone: 941-359-4454
Email: fenghao@usf.edu
Office: C252
Area of Interest: Environmental Sociology, Public Opinion, Research Methods

Feng Hao (Ph.D., 2015, Washington State University) is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida. Feng has three major areas of research. One is to study public opinion and behavior about the environment. The other involves examining anthropogenic drivers of climate change and renewable energy deployment. The third is to address the pandemic and understand Americans' response to COVID-19 (e.g., mask-wearing, vaccine uptake, etc.). His research is quantitative, and he employs different statistical techniques such as multilevel regression, fixed-effects regression, and structural equation modeling to study various social-environmental-health topics. Findings demonstrate how factors at different levels can generate stark variations in environmental concern, how changes in anthropogenic factors over time can influence climate change and the landscape in renewable energy deployment, and how we can study the heterogeneity underlying public response to the pandemic that is shaped by numerous factors in either a direct or an indirect way.

Selected Publications

Hao, Feng, and Wanyun Shao. 2022. "Understanding the Influence of Political Orientation, Social Network, and Economic Recovery on COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake among Americans." Vaccine 40(14):2191-2201. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.02.066.

Hao, Feng, and Wanyun Shao. 2021. "What Really Drives the Deployment of Renewable Energy? A Global Assessment of 118 Countries." Energy Research & Social Science 72: 101880. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2020.101880.

Hao, Feng, and Wanyun Shao. 2021. "Understanding the Effects of Individual and State-level Factors on American Public Response to COVID-19." American Journal of Health Promotion 35(8): 1078-1083. doi:10.1177/08901171211017286.

Hao, Feng, Wanyun Shao, and Weiwei Huang. 2021. “Understanding the Influence of Contextual Factors and Individual Social Capital on American Public Mask Wearing in Response to COVID–19.” Health & Place 68: 102537. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102537.

Hao, Feng, Xinsheng Liu, and Jay L. Michaels. 2020. “Social Capital, Carbon Dependency, and Public Response to Climate Change in 22 European Countries.” Environmental Science & Policy 114: 64–72. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2020.07.028.

Hao, Feng. 2020. "A Study of Ecologically Unequal Exchange for 89 Countries between 1990 and 2015." The Social Science Journal 57(2): 245-257. doi:10.1016/j.soscij.2019.01.009.