Humanities Forum: Yu Tao, "Gender Differences in Productivity among Scientists and Engineers in the United States and China"

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 ( 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm )

Location: Morton 324

Humanities Forum: Yu Tao (Assistant Professor, Social Sciences)
"Gender Differences in Productivity among Scientists and Engineers in the United States and China: The Effects of Cultural and Institutional Forces"

Gender differences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have been studied in various countries and cultures. Most of these studies find that women are underrepresented in the STEM workforce and feel unwelcome and marginalized. However, the factors that contribute to gender differences in experience and performance in STEM careers can vary from one culture to another and remain underexplored. This paper compares gender differences in publication productivity of academic scientists and engineers in the U.S. and China. Findings suggest commonalities and differences between the STEM workforces in the U.S. and China as well as social, cultural, and institutional forces that shape the STEM workforces in these two countries. 

Yu Tao is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Gender and Cultural Studies at Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Tao’s research investigates how gender and race/ethnicity affect educational and career outcomes in STEM in the U.S. and China. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology and Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. She is also the co-editor of a peer-reviewed book Changing the Face of Engineering: The African American Experience (under contract with the Johns Hopkins University Press; expected 2015). Dr. Tao received her B.A. in English from East China Normal University in Shanghai, China, her Ed.M. in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociology of Science and Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.