Skyler Wang

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Research Interests: 
Online dating, culture, technology, the sharing economy, social exchange
Curriculum Vitae: 

Skyler Wang graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2016 with a BA in Sociology (Honors). Broadly, Skyler's research foci include online dating, culture, technology, the sharing economy, and social exchange. 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. His research has been featured in journals such as Sex Roles and media outlets such as NPR (Morning Edition, All Things Considered), San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Mashable, and USA Today.

Skyler has two ongoing projects. The first interrogates the processes and meanings of social and sexual exchange in sharing economy platforms such as Couchsurfing. His dissertation examines the cultural differences between how citizens of America and China's most populous cities—New York and Shanghai—online date. He is a fellow of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Diverse Intelligence Summer Institute, and the Institute of International Studies. From 2016 to 2018, he was a Regents' Fellow.