Shengwei Sun, Ph.D.

Position: Senior Research Associate

Shengwei Sun is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Before joining IWPR, Shengwei was a postdoctoral fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied the prevalence and gendered consequences of pay secrecy practices in the contemporary workplace. Shengwei’s research generally seeks to understand how workplace policy and labor market contexts shape gender, race, and class inequalities. Her dissertation examines the intersecting inequalities in the expanding paid care work sector. One chapter, published in the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, examines changing patterns of racial disparity in accessing well-paying jobs in the care work sector as the labor market becomes more precarious and unequal. Another line of her research investigates the consequences of economic downturns for young adults in the U.S.

At IWPR, Shengwei will contribute to projects in the areas of Job Quality & Income Security. She seeks to develop research on how to promote inclusive and equitable growth of the care work sector, as well as how to improve labor market outcomes for young workers.

Shengwei received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has taught undergraduate statistics at the Washington University.

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