Credentials: Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies (EPS)
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Ran Liu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. Her research examines cross-national differences in gender inequality in STEM education, with a particular focus on East Asian societies. 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.
Ran 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.