Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Sun Hsiao-Li Shirley

Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences

Assoc Prof Sun Hsiao-Li Shirley

Shirley Sun is Associate Professor of Sociology with joint courtesy appointments at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and the School of Biological Sciences at NTU. She studies population, reproduction, 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)
- Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine webpage (

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 was the recipient of NUS/NTU-Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Scientist Exchange Programme award (2011-2012) and the recipient of Certificate of Honour for mentoring undergraduate student winner of the NTU Koh Boon Hwee Scholar award (2013-2014).

Shirley served as the 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).

2005 PhD (Sociology), New York University
1997 MA (Sociology), New York University
1995 BA (Economics), College of Law, National Taiwan University

Dr. Sun's articles can be downloaded at the Berkeley Electronic Press website:
Research Interests
Science, Technology and Society (STS)
Medical Sociology (social impacts of precision medicine)
Population and Reproduction
Citizenship and Social Inequalities
Changing Families
Current Projects
  • Addressing social issues in precision medicine: Comparing Singapore, the United States of America and Canada
  • Understanding female health professionals' decisions to remain, return to, or exit the professional workforce
Selected Publications
  • Sun, Shirley. (2020). Between Personalized and Racialized Precision Medicine: A Relative Resources Perspective. International Sociology, 35(1), 90-110.
  • Schaefer, G. Owen, E Shyong Tai and Shirley Sun. (2019). Precision Medicine and Big Data The Application of an Ethics Framework for Big Data in Health and Research. Asian Bioethics Review, 11(3), 275-288.
  • Sun, Shirley.(2018). Academic Regionalism and the Study of Human Genetic Variation in a Transnational Context: Asianism and the Racialization of Ethnicity. In Kazuko Suzuki and Diego A. Von Vacano(Ed), Reconsidering Race: Social Science Perspectives on Racial Categories in the Age of GenomicsNew York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • 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.

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