Christina Yao

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University, 2014
M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, Loyola University Chicago, 2002
B.A., Journalism, Marquette University, 2000

Dr. Yao’s research focuses on the study of undergraduate and graduate student experiences in higher education, examining the intersection between racial climate and the internalization of college campuses. Her current research agenda includes the racialization of international students on U.S. campuses, teaching and learning practices in graduate STEM education in Vietnam and researcher reflexivity development for international research. Through research and teaching, Dr. Yao challenges ideas related to navigating being and knowing within national and international scholarship.

Teaching and advising

Dr. Yao teaches courses in Higher Education and Educational Leadership, including EDAD 832 (Higher Education in America) and EDAD 910 (Higher Education Environments).

Dr. Yao advises master’s students in Higher Education and doctoral students (Ph.D and Ed.D) in the Educational Leadership and Higher Education specializations of the Higher Education concentration.  She looks for students who have a desire to study topics related to underrepresented students, teaching and learning, international higher education and qualitative research, as well as those who are able to apply practical experiences to scholarly work in their graduate program.  While Dr. Yao encourages advisees to develop their own research agendas, some overlap with her own topical areas will be beneficial.

Areas of Expertise:

    International Education
    Campus Climate for Underrepresented Students
    Diversity in higher Education
    Critical Qualitative Methods

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2014-present, Assistant Professor, Educational Administration, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln2009-2014, Graduate Assistant, Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, Michigan State University2008-2009, Assistant Director of Residential Life, Department of Residential Life, Washington University in St. Louis2006-2008, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Training and Development, Department of Residence Life and Student Housing, Southern Methodist University2002-2006, Residential College Director, Department of Residential Life, Washington University in St. Louis
Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)American Educational Research Association (AERA)Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)