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Xuan Liu

PhD Candidate
Work & Organizations


  • MMS. 2018
    Management Studies, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • LL.B. & B.A. 2017
    Sociology & Economics, Peking University


  • Social class, economic inequality, and socioeconomic mobility
  • Job search
  • Organizational socialization
  • Social networks


Xuan Liu is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Work and Organizations at the University of Minnesota. Xuan's ongoing research explores why social class backgrounds can impact job search experiences and career outcomes, and what interventions can help workers from lower class origins find better jobs and have more successful careers. Her research ultimately aims to enhance workplace diversity and help reduce socioeconomic inequality.

Xuan is the winner of the SIOP Small Grant Award (2021), the Ph.D. Student Teaching Award (2022), the "Dare to Care" Research Award (2023), the G-DEIR research grant from the Carlson School of Management (2023), and the Ph.D. student research grant from the Department of Work and Organizations (2021, 2023).

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