Shengwei Sun, Ph.D.

Position: Senior Research Associate

Shengwei Sun is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and works on research related to job quality, labor market inequalities, and the care economy. At IWPR, Shengwei authored a series of policy briefs on how young women and young parents have been faring in the pandemic recession with an intersectional lens. She also co-authored a brief on the effectiveness of state-level pay transparency laws in the U.S. Her work has been cited by The New York Times, Forbes, and Marketplace, among others.

Prior to joining IWPR, Shengwei was a postdoctoral fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis where she studied pay secrecy practices in the contemporary workplace and taught undergraduate statistics. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her academic research has investigated the consequences of economic downturns for young adults in both work and family arenas; who can access the “good” jobs in the growing care work sector; and changing dynamics of gender inequality in China.


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