Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Sun Hsiao-Li Shirley

Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)63168832
Office: HSS-05-23

  • PhD New York U., Grad School of Arts & Sci 2005
  • MA(Sociology) New York U., Grad School of Arts & Sci 1997
  • BA(Econs) National Taiwan University 1995
Prof. Shirley Sun studies population, reproduction, and genomic science and precision medicine in global contexts through the concepts of citizenship and "othering". Her most recent book is on genetics/genomics-based precision medicine (Shirley Sun. 2017. Socio-economics of Personalized Medicine in Asia. London and New York: Routledge), where she draws on extensive interview data with physicians and genetic research scientists in Asia with respect to their understanding and experiences of precision medicine. More information about the book is available online at
- Book reviewed by Contemporary Sociology, Sociology of Health and Illness, and East Asian Science Technology and Society (EASTS)

Shirley Sun is also the author of "Population Policy and Reproduction in Singapore: Making Future Citizens" (2012, London and New York: Routledge). More information is available online at

She served as Assistant Dean (Research and Undergraduate Education) at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences from 2015-2018, and has been appointed a member of an International Working Group by the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the Yong Lin Loo School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS) on its Big Data Ethics in Biomedicine project funded by the Singapore National Medical Research Council (2018-2021).

Shirley has special research interests in science, technology and society (STS), and has successfully led and completed several research projects and consistently published in internationally peer-reviewed top-tier journals.

Dr. Sun's published articles can be downloaded at the Berkeley Electronic Press website:
Research Interests
Science, Technology and Society (STS)
Medical Sociology (Precision Medicine in particular)
Population and Reproduction
Citizenship, Social Inequalities
Changing Families, Children
Current Projects
  • Addressing social issues in precision medicine: Comparing Singapore, the United States of America and Canada
Selected Publications
  • Shao-Tzu Li, Shirley Sun, Desiree Lie, Marie Met‐Domestici, Eliza Courtney, Sapna Menon, Geok Hoon Lim, Joanne Ngeow. (2018). Factors influencing the decision to share cancer genetic results among family members: an in-depth interview study of women in an Asian setting. Psycho-Oncology, 27, 998-1004.
  • Sun, Shirley. (2017). Socio-economics of Personalized Medicine in Asia. Routledge.
  • Sun, Shirley Hsiao-Li, Chong Wen-Ee, and Lim, Si Hui. (2014). Gender and Divorce in Contemporary Singapore. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 65(1), 127-143.
  • Sun, Shirley Hsiao-Li. (2012). Population policy and reproduction in Singapore: Making future citizens. Routledge.
  • Sun, Shirley Hsiao-Li. (2009). Re-producing Citizens: Gender, Employment, and Work-Family-Balance Policies in Singapore. Journal of Workplace Rights, 14(3), 351-374.

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