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Meicen Sun

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI)


Meicen Sun is a postdoctoral scholar at the Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI). Her PhD work at MIT examined the political economy of information and the effect of information policy on the future of innovation and state power. She has presented her research work with the American Political Science Association, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the International Political Economy Society among others.

Prior to MIT, Sun conducted research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC and the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa. Her writings have appeared in academic and policy outlets including Foreign Policy AnalysisHarvard Business ReviewWorld Economic Forum Agenda, and The Diplomat. She currently serves as a Global Future Council Fellow at the World Economic Forum, and has spoken at forums including the United Nations, the Carter Center and the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center. Sun holds an AB with honors from Princeton University and an AM with a Certificate in Law from the University of Pennsylvania. 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.