Doctoral Candidate


Wen is a sociologist of social change with particular interests in generations, development, life course, work, and capitalist transformation. Her work is driven by a central commitment to understanding how generations of individuals experience through rapid social changes and how their life experiences matter for work, politics, culture, and socio-economic development. Her dissertation adopts a generational perspective to examine the capitalist transformation in Northeast China, which used to be the former socialist industrial heartland and is now the epitome of the Chinese rust belt.

Dissertation title: The Making of the Chinese Rust Belt: Life, Work, and Social Change in Northeast China, 1950s-2010s