Ran Liu

Position title: Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies

Ran Liu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. Her research focuses on the persistent gender and racial disparities in STEM education and the STEM workforce. More broadly, she studies the intersection of race, gender, class, and immigration status in education and the labor market. She is also interested in survey and statistical methods and applying machine learning models to social science research. At CCWT, Dr. Liu is working on a project investigating non-STEM degree holders in the STEM workforce.

Dr. Liu received her PhD in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Deeply concerned with the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields, she founded Women in Kaggle Philly and organized workshops for women who are interested in data science to provide a supportive environment. She also holds a dual M.A. in statistics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S.Sc. in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before coming to UW-Madison, she worked as a people research scientist at Facebook.