Peidong Sun is currently a Visiting Professor at the Center for International Studies at Sciences Po, Paris. She was formerly an Associate Professor of History at Fudan University, a visiting scholar at the Harvard Yenching Institute (2016-2017), the Edward Teller National Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University (2017-2018), and a BBRG Non-Resident Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (2018-2019).

Sun’s research interests focus on history, politics, and culture in authoritarian China by asking how a practice of everyday life in China, such as clothing choices, underground reading, and mate choices of the sent-down generation were influenced by their lived experiences and memories under Mao’s socialism and Deng’s socio-economic transformation after 1978. She is currently working on her third book entitled “Underground Reading of the Sent-down Generation: History and Memory of the Cultural Revolution” after publishing her first book, Who Will Marry My Daughter: Parental Match-Making Corner in Shanghai’s People’s Square, and her second book, Fashion and Politics: Everyday Clothing in Guangdong Province during the Cultural Revolution.

Sun has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Sciences Po.


Last Updated: July 16, 2020



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