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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


  • Reproduction of socioeconomic inequality
  • Job search
  • Organizational socialization
  • Social networks


Xuan Liu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Work and Organizations at the University of Minnesota. Xuan's ongoing research explores how social class backgrounds can impact individuals' job search experiences and career outcomes, and what interventions can help workers from lower class origins find high-quality jobs and have 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 "Dare to Care" Research Award (2023), the G-DEIR research grant from the Carlson School of Management (2023, 2024), and the Ph.D. student research grant from the Department of Work and Organizations (2021, 2023).

Xuan is passionate about teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level courses on human resource and organizational behavior. She has taught the senior-level undergraduate course "Human Resource Management and Strategy" and won the Ph.D. Student Teaching Award. She also assisted with the teaching of other undergraduate, MBA, and EMBA courses on leadership, team, and introductory management.

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