Head & Professor

Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin, USA)

Research Interests:

Social stratification and inequality, Racial and ethnic relations, Demography, Economic sociology, and East Asia societies.


My major research interests include social stratification and inequality, economic sociology, demography, racial and ethnic relations, and East Asian societies. Prior to Hong Kong Baptist University, I was on the faculty in the department of sociology at Texas A&M University. I have published research in American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Chinese Journal of Sociology, Demography, International Journal of Asian Social Science, International Migration Review, Japan Labor Issues, Journal of Economic Inequality, Mind & Society, Social Forces, Social Problems, Social Science Research, Sociological Science, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Taiwanese Sociological Review, and Work and Occupations among other outlets. I am currently doing research on the socioeconomic attainments of South Asian Americans; an organizational model of class structure based on patterns of economic exploitation; and a review of inequality and mobility studies of East Asian societies. I teach courses on statistics and research methods, racial and ethnic relations, demography, and social stratification.

Course(s) Taught:

SOCI 4027 Selected Topics in Sociology of China II (Racial/Ethnic Relations and International Migration)
From Jan-2014 to  Sept-2015 "Higher Education, Long-term Earnings, and Opportunity Cost." Spencer Foundation. As PI. USD $50,000. (About HKD $390,900)
From Aug-2013 to  Jul-2015 "‘Demographic and Educational Effects on Long-Term Earnings." National Institutes of Health. As PI. USD $163,602. (About HKD $1,279,000)
From Jan-2010 to Feb-2012 "Increased Earnings Dispersions and Labor Market Productivity." National Science Foundation (Sociology Program). As PI. USD $126,670. (About HKD $990,300)

PUBLICATIONS (in recent 5 years)


Sakamoto, Arthur, Deirdre Bloome, Ernesto F. L. Amaral, Davis Daumler and Shih-Keng Yeng. 2022. “Open-Population Inference in Research on Intergenerational Mobility: An Investigation of the Underrepresentation of the Second Generation.” International Migration Review


Iceland, John and Arthur Sakamoto. 2022. “The Prevalence of Hardship by Race and Ethnicity in the United States, 1992-2019.”  Population Research and Policy Review.


Sakamoto, Arthur, Li Hsu and Mary Jalufka. 2022. “Comparing the Effects of Class Origins versus Race in the Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty.”  Social Sciences 11:257


Ren, Jingqiu, Arthur Sakamoto and Ryan Earl. 2022. “The Growth and Spatial Assimilation of the Asian American Population, 1860-2018.” Sociology Mind 12:108-119.


Wang, Sharron Xuanren and Arthur Sakamoto. 2021. “Does Where You Live Matter? An Analysis of Intergenerational Transmission of Education among Hispanic Americans.” Frontiers in Sociology, Race and Ethnicity. Volume 6, Article 657980.


Wang, Sharron Xuanren and Arthur Sakamoto. 2021. “Can Higher Education Ameliorate Racial/Ethnic Disadvantage? An Analysis of the Wages of College-Educated Hispanics and Whites.” Sage Open Volume 11 (2). Article 21582440211009197.


Sakamoto, Arthur, Ernesto F. L. Amaral and Sharron Xuanren Wang. 2021. “The Socioeconomic Attainments of Second-Generation Nigerian and Other African Americans: Evidence from the Current Population Survey, 2009-2019.”  Socius 7:1-18.


Sakamoto, Arthur, John Iceland and Thomas Siskar. 2021. “The Socioeconomic Attainments of Second-Generation Southeast Asian Americans in the 21st Century: Evidence from the American Community Survey, 2012-2016.” Population Research and Policy Review 1-30.


Sakamoto, Arthur and Sharron Xuanren Wang. 2021. “Deconstructing ‘Hyper-Selectivity:’ Are the Socioeconomic Attainments of Second-Generation Asian Americans Only Due to Their Class Background?”  Chinese Journal of Sociology 7:3-21.


Sakamoto, Arthur and Sharron Xuanren Wang. 2020. “The Declining Significance of Occupation in Research on Intergenerational Mobility.”  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 70:100521.


Sakamoto, Arthur. 2020. Guest editor of Occupation, Stratification and Inequality. Special Issue (i.e., edited volume) of Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Volume 70, December.


Sakamoto, Arthur, ChangHwan Kim and Christopher R. Tamborini. 2020 “Changes in Occupations, Jobs, and Skill Polarization.”  Pp. 133-153 in The Cambridge Handbook on the Changing Nature of Work edited by Brian J. Hoffman, Mindy K. Shoss and Lauren A. Wegman. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.


Sakamoto, Arthur and Li Hsu. 2020. “Do Second-Generation Asian Americans Face a Systematic Disadvantage in Occupational Attainment? Comment on Tran, Lee and Huang.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 43(3):516-532.


Cheng, Siwei, Christopher R. Tamborini, ChangHwan Kim and Arthur Sakamoto.  2019. “Educational Variations in Cohort Trends in the Black-White Earnings Gap among Men in the United States.” Demography 56(6):2253-2277.


Maia, Alexandre Gori, Arthur Sakamoto and Sharron Xuanren Wang.  2019. “How Employment Shapes Income Inequality: A Comparison between Brazil and the U.S.” Revista de Economia Contemporânea 23(3):1-34.  


Sakamoto, Arthur and Daniel A. Powers. 2019. “Demography of Social Stratification.”  Pp. 457-480 inHandbook of Population, 2nd Edition edited by D. L. Poston, Jr. and M. Micklin.  New York: Klewer Academic/ Plenum Publisher.


Huyser, Kimberly R., Ronald J. Angel, Janette Beals, James H. Cox, Robert A. Hummer, Arthur Sakamoto, Spero M. Manson, and the AI-SUPERPFP Team.  2018. “Reservation Lands as a Protective Social Factor: An Analysis of Psychological Distress Among Two American Indian Tribes.”  Socius 4:1-18.


Maia, Alexandre G. and Arthur Sakamoto.  2018. “Does Wage Reflect Labor Productivity? A Comparison between Brazil and the U.S.”  Brazilian Journal of Political Economy. 38:629-649. 


Sakamoto, Arthur and Yoonjeon Kim.  2018. “Fake News in the American Sociological Review Claims that Asian Americans Do Not Really Value Education.”  International Journal of Social Research 2 (15):1-8.  


Kim, ChangHwan, Christopher R. Tamborini and Arthur Sakamoto. 2018. “The Sources of Life Chances: Does Demography, Education, Class Category, Occupation or Short-Term Earnings Predict 20-Year Long-Term Earnings?”  Sociological Science 5:206-233.


Sakamoto, Arthur, Christopher R. Tamborini and ChangHwan Kim. 2018.  “Long-Term Earnings Differentials between African American and White Men by Educational Level.”  Population Research and Policy Review 37:91-116. 



Sakamoto, Arthur and Michael Ohsfeldt. “Exploitation.” Forthcoming in the Encyclopedia of Political Sociology edited by Maria Grasso and Marco Giugni. Edward Elgar Press.


Sakamoto, Arthur. 2020. “Forward” for Ethnography of the Lives of Japanese and Japanese Brazilian Migrants: Childhood, Family and Work by Ethel Kosminsky, ix-xi. Lexington Books.


Sakamoto, Arthur. 2018. “Are Asian Americans Disadvantaged by ‘White Privilege’”?  Available at the Work In Progress website for the Inequality, Poverty and Mobility section of the American Sociological Association.



Sakamoto, Arthur. 2022. “Review of Theorizing Shadow Education and Academic Success in East Asia: Understanding the Meaning, Value, and Use of Shadow Education by East Asian Students.” Sociology Mind 12(4):134-138.


Sakamoto, Arthur. 2022. “Review of Kenny Xu’s An Inconvenient Minority.”


Sakamoto, Arthur. 2019. “Review of The Changing Japanese Labor Market: Theory and Evidence by Akiomi Kitagawa, Souichi Ohta and Hiroshi Teruyama.”  Japanese Journal of Labour Studies 61:101-104 [in Japanese in 日本労働 研究 雑誌]. Reprinted in English in Japan Labor Issues (February 2020, Vol. 4, No.21, pp.21-24).

To Be Updated.