Skyler Wang graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2016 with a BA in Sociology (Honors). Prior to Berkeley, Skyler worked on multiple projects in the Greater Vancouver area in Canada, covering topics pertaining to sexual attitudes and social remittances, LGBTQ youth hook-ups, HIV stigma, genetic ancestry testing, and immigrant integration.
Broadly, Skyler is motivated by the question of how the adoption of online technologies shapes and transforms offline relationships. Skyler has two ongoing projects. The first interrogates the processes and meanings of social and sexual exchange in sharing economy platforms such as Couchsurfing.com. His dissertation examines the cultural differences between how citizens of America and China's most populous cities—New York and Shanghai—rely on 'human algorithms' to navigate dating app matches generated machine algorithms. Skyler's research has been featured in journals such as Sex Roles and media outlets such as the National Public Radio (NPR). He is also a fellow of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.