Shengwei Sun

Shengwei Sun

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Weidenbaum Center
PhD, Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park
research interests:
  • Gender Inequality
  • Labor Markets
  • Social Demography
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Shengwei Sun is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy. She received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is broadly interested in how changing socioeconomic contexts shape gender, race, and class inequalities.

Supported by the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, her dissertation examines the intersecting inequalities in the expanding paid care work sector. Another line of her ongoing research investigates the consequences of economic downturns for young adults in the U.S. in both work and family arenas. 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. At the Weidenbaum Center, she collaborates mainly with Professor Jake Rosenfeld from the Department of Sociology on an NSF-funded project examining pay secrecy policy and the gender pay gap.


Sun, Shengwei (forthcoming).  “Who Can Access the ‘Good Jobs’? Changing Patterns of Racial Inequality in Young Men’s Transition to Paid Care Work Jobs.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Yu, Wei-hsin, and Shengwei Sun (forthcoming). “Race-Ethnicity, Class, and Unemployment Dynamics: Do Macroeconomic Shifts Alter Existing Disadvantages?.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.

Yu, Wei-hsin, and Shengwei Sun (2018). “Fertility Responses to Individual and Contextual Unemployment: Differences by Socioeconomic Background” Demographic Research, 39: 927-962. LINK

Sun, Shengwei, and Feinian Chen (2017). “Women’s Employment Trajectories During Early Adulthood in Urban China: A Cohort Comparison.” Social Science Research, 68: 43-58. LINK

Ji, Yingchun, Xiaogang Wu, Shengwei Sun, and Guangye He (2017). “Unequal Care, Unequal Work: Towards a More Comprehensive Understanding of Gender Inequality in Post- reform China.” Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 77(11/12): 765-778. LINK

Sun, Shengwei, and Feinian Chen (2015). “Reprivatized Womanhood: Changes in Media’s Framing of Women’s Work-and-Family Issues in China, 1995 to 2012.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 77(5): 1091-1107. LINK