I am an educational and developmental psychologist studying why people pursue specific educational trajectories and career paths. The ultimate goal of my research is to imply how to help students, especially those from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups, fulfill their potential.

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working with Dr. Judith Harackiewicz. I earned my Ph.D. from the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine where I worked with Drs. Drew H. Bailey and Jacquelynne S. Eccles.

My work has been published in journals such as Psychological Bulletin, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Economics of Education Review. I am a recipient of multiple honors, including the APA Dissertation Research Award, the Graduate Student Research Excellence Award from AERA Division C, and the UCI Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship.




photo credit: Steve Zylius / UC Irvine

Sirui Wan


I am an educational and developmental psychologist studying why people pursue specific educational trajectories and career paths. The ultimate goal of my research is to imply how to help students, especially those from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups, fulfill their potential.

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working with Dr. Judith Harackiewicz. I earned my Ph.D. from the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine where I worked with Drs. Drew H. Bailey and Jacquelynne S. Eccles.

My work has been published in journals such as Psychological Bulletin, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Economics of Education Review. I am a recipient of multiple honors, including the APA Dissertation Research Award, the Graduate Student Research Excellence Award from AERA Division C, and the UCI Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship.




photo credit: Steve Zylius / UC Irvine