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
Dr. Shirley Sun studies family, population, and genomic science and medicine in global contexts through the concepts of citizenship and "othering".

She has special research interests in science, technology and society. Her latest publication is entitled “Socio-economics of personalised medicine in Asia” (2017, Routledge), where she draws on interviews with practicing physicians and medical research scientists in Asia about genome-based precision medicine . More information is available online at
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Dr. Sun is also the author of the book "Population Policy and Reproduction in Singapore: Making Future Citizens" (2012, London and New York: Routledge). More information is available online at

Dr. Sun has successfully completed several research projects and has published in the SSCI-indexed and/or international peer-reviewed top journals, for example, Citizenship Studies, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Social & Public Policy Review, New Global Studies, Media Asia, Journal of Workplace Rights, Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology, Childhood, and Journal of Comparative Family Studies. She is also a contributor to two edited books, Contemporary Grandparenting: Changing Family Relationships in Global Context, (Bristol, UK: The Policy Press) and Social Subsumption and Exclusion in East Asia (South Korea: Yonsei University Press).

Prof. Sun also received nominations for the Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching. She regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Reproduction; Sociology of Families; Gender; Qualitative Research Methods, and serves as a guest lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at NTU.

Dr. Sun's published articles can be downloaded at the Berkeley Electronic Press website:
Research Interests
Social Reproduction, Population, Citizenship, Social Inequalities, Changing Families, Children, Science and Technology, Asia-Pacific
Selected Publications
  • 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). Social reproduction and the limits of a neoliberal approach: the case of Singapore. Citizenship Studies, 16(2), 223-240.
  • 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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