Yu Tao

Associate Professor

School: College of Arts and Letters

Building: Morton

Room: 316

Phone: (201) 216-5162

Fax: (201) 216-8245

Email: ytao@stevens.edu

  • PhD (2009) Georgia Institute of Technology (Sociology of Science and Technology)
  • MS (2007) Georgia Institute of Technology (History and Sociology of Technology and Science)
  • MEd (2004) Boston University (Educational Media and Technology)
  • BA (2000) East China Normal University (English)

I work on human resources in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and online privacy education. More specifically, I examine group differences in STEM education and workforce outcomes due to gender, race/ethnicity, and immigration status in the U.S. and China. I also investigate online privacy and artificial intelligence from the sociological perspectives. I am currently a co-PI of a new NSF grant and was the co-PI of two NSF grants awarded to Stevens and the co-organizer of a workshop sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Issued addressed in these projects include STEM education, STEM workforce, online privacy and artificial intelligence. My recent publications include peer-reviewed articles that investigate the intersectional effects of gender and race on rentions and earnings of scientists and engineers (incl. Sociological Spectrum; American Behavioral Scientist; International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology). Other journal publications examine gender gaps in publication productivity among scientists and engineers in the U.S. and China, sex segregation at work in engineering, and crowdsourcing and online privacy (incl. Minerva, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering). I have also co-edited a volume with John Brooks Slaughter (University of Southern California) and Willie Pearson, Jr. (Georgia Tech) published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in Oct. 2015. This book examines an important yet understudied topic from an interdisciplinary perspective: the experience of African Americans in engineering. The contributors of this volume include four members of the National Academy of Engineering (the highest honor for engineers) as well as researchers and policy makers from academia, industry, and government. I also co-authored a chapter in this book. Due to great demand, the Johns Hopkins University Press decided to reprint the book in June 2016, 8 months after the book was first published. I am also a reviewer for sociological and social science journals, including American Journal of Sociology; Science, Technology, & Human Values; Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering; International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology; The Sociological Quarterly, and Work and Occupations. My research areas include: Sociology of Science (esp. Human Resources); Work and Organization; Inequality; Higher Education; Online privacy and artificial intelligence from the sociological perspective

General Information

Before I joined Stevens, I worked in Supply Chain Management at a telecommunications company, Siemens Shanghai Mobile Communications, in Shanghai, China. While a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech, I worked as a teaching assistant, research assistant, international education assistant, and instructor. At Stevens, in addition to my faculty role, I am also the director of the Gender and Cultural Studies program. I organize workshops, academic talks, and cultural events.


Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA. Instructor / Research Assistant / Teaching Assistant. Aug. 2004 – Aug. 2009 Siemens Shanghai Mobile Communications Ltd. (now Nokia Siemens Networks), Shanghai, China. July 2000 – Aug. 2003

Institutional Service
  • Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Affairs Member
  • CAL Dean Reappointment Committee Member
  • CAL Nominating Committee Member
  • CAL Promotion and Tenure Committee Member
  • CAL Extended P&T Committee Member
  • Search Committee (Quantitative Social Science) Member
  • Search Committee (STS/Anthropology) Member
Professional Service
  • American Sociological Association (Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology) Member, Hacker-Mullins Student Paper Award
  • Research in Higher Education Review for journal
  • International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology Reviewer
  • International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology Reviewer
  • Work and Occupations Reviewer
  • "Social justice and education in the 21st century –Research from South Africa and the United States" Reviewer
  • Sociological Quarterly Reviewer
  • Pacific Sociological Association Session Organizer
  • Pacific Sociological Association Session Chair
  • International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology Journal reviewer
  • University of Southern California Writing
Honors and Awards

I was invited to give a talk at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2016 and 2019. Certificate of Recognition. Mid-South Sociological Association Meeting. 2009 Walter B. Jones Foundation Fellowship (Dissertation Fellowship). Georgia Tech. Aug. 2008 – May 2009 National Summer Data Policy Institute Fellowship. Association for Institutional Research. June 2007

Professional Societies
  • Hacker-Mullins Student Paper Award, American Sociological Association Member
  • ASA – American Sociological Association Member
  • PSA – Pacific Sociological Association Member
Grants, Contracts, and Funds

NSF: SaTC: CORE: Medium: Privacy for All: Ensuring Fair Privacy Protection in Machine Learning. $698,640. 2021-2023 (My role: co-PI). Sloan Foundation: "African Americans in Engineering: A Workshop" (Workshop for Research Results, Best Practices, and Policy Recommendations for African Americans in Engineering). $99,284.00, September 1, 2015-December 31, 2016 (My role: co-organizer/consultant). NSF, SaTC-EDU: EAGER: “Development and Evaluation of Privacy Education Tools via Open Collaboration.” $289,590.00, June 1, 2015-May 31, 2017 (My role: co-PI) NSF, S-STEM: “Software Engineering Master’s Program for Liberal Arts Graduates.” $632,002. Apr. 15, 2015-March 31, 2020 (My role: co-PI) Walter B. Jones Foundation Fellowship (Dissertation Fellowship). Georgia Tech. 2008 – 2009 Understanding Interventions Conference Travel Award. The National Academies of Sciences. Washington, D.C. 2008, 2009 The National Science Foundation Travel Award (through the grant of Prof. Susan Cozzens at Georgia Tech). Enschede, the Netherlands. 2008. The National Academies Travel Award, National Academies. Washington, D.C. 2008 National Summer Data Policy Institute Fellowship. Association for Institutional Research. 2007

Selected Publications
Book Chapter
  1. Tao, Y.; Leggon, C. (2021). African American Women in Engineering: Intersectionality as a Pathway to Social Justice. In Willie Pearson Jr. and Vijay Reddy (Ed.s), Social Justice and Education in the 21st Century: Research from South Africa and the United States (pp. 241-272). Springer International Publishing.
Journal Article
  1. Tao, Y. (2020). Earnings of Foreign-Born Doctoral Engineers in the United States: Intersectionality of Citizenship Status and Gender. Sociological Spectrum (3 ed., vol. 40, pp. 151-171). Sociological Spectrum.
  2. Tao, Y. (2019). Gender and Race Intersectional Effects in the U.S. Engineering Workforce: Who Stays? Who Leaves?. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology (1 ed., vol. 11, pp. 181-202).
  3. WANG, W. H.; Tao, Y.; WANG, K.; JEDRUSZCZAK, D.; KNUTSON, B.. Leveraging Crowd for Collecting and Maintaining Educational Resources for Privacy Learning. DEStech Transactions on Computer Science and Engineering (ameit ed.). DEStech Publications.