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  • Meicen Sun

    Meicen Sun

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Political Science

    BioMeicen Sun is a postdoctoral scholar with the Program on Democracy and the Internet at Stanford University. Starting fall 2023, she will be an assistant professor of information policy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences. Her research examines the political economy of information and the effect of information policy on the future of innovation and state power. Her writings have appeared in academic and policy outlets including Foreign Policy Analysis, Harvard Business Review, World Economic Forum, the Asian Development Bank Institute, and The Diplomat among others. She had previously conducted research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and at the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa. Bilingual in English and Chinese, she has also written stories, plays, and music and staged many of her works -- in both languages -- in China, Singapore and the U.S. Sun has served as a Fellow on the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on China and as a Research Affiliate with the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. She holds an A.B. with Honors from Princeton University, an A.M. with a Certificate in Law from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Signe Svallfors

    Signe Svallfors

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Sociology

    BioPostdoctoral scholar at the Department of Sociology, Stanford University.

    My research focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) including life-course transitions, family planning, access to health care, gender norms, and gender-based violence. I am particularly interested in how these matters are shaped by the social context in which individuals live, primarily in terms of armed conflict and other crises.

    At Stanford, I'm working on a two-year postdoctoral project to study women's demographic and health outcomes of local violence in Latin America, based on quantitative methods and a combination of large-n nationally representative surveys with homicide statistics. The project aim is to improve our understanding of how contextual factors such as violence affect the lives of individuals living in those settings, as well as to investigate violence as a social determinant of women's health and gender equality. The project is funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

    Prior to joining the Department of Sociology at Stanford, I was a postdoctoral scholar with the Global and Sexual Health research group at the Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institute in Sweden. I hold a PhD in Sociological Demography from the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University in Sweden.