Shengwei Sun is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy at the Washington University in St. Louis. She studies how changing socioeconomic contexts shape gender, race, and class inequalities. Her ongoing projects examine 1) intersecting inequalities in the expanding paid care work sector; 2) the consequences of economic downturns for young adults in the U.S. in work and family arenas; and 3) pay secrecy policy and gender pay gap. Her previous work sought to advance both theoretical and empirical understanding of the changing, multifaceted gender inequality during China’s transformation from socialism to a market economy. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science Research, Demographic Research, and Sex Roles.

Areas of Interest

  • Gender, Race and Class
  • Labor Market Inequalities
  • Work and Family
  • Life Course
  • Social Demography


  • PhD
    Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2018
  • MA
    Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2014
  • BA
    Politics and Gender Studies, Scripps College, 2012
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
SOCY100 Introduction to Sociology Fall 2014
shengwei sun