An assistant professor in Political Science at the University of Miami since 2019, Gao received her Ph.D. from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin that year (with earlier degrees in statistics, public administration, and economics). Her research examines issues in energy policy with a focus on technology and innovation policy in the context of the renewable energy transition. She has expertise in big data, machine learning, and econometric techniques. She is author or co-author of seven articles in both environmental and energy research journals, with a number of others in the pipeline. Her research examines energy transition issues in the United States, but with attention to developing countries as well (especially in China, Southeast Asia, and India) and has been partially funded by the Department of Energy.
Updated Masking Requirement, Effective January 1, 2022
Until 90 percent of the campus community has achieved the full protection of an approved booster, all students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be expected to wear masks indoors on campus, except when alone in private offices, or for students, in residence halls.
Visitors to campus must wear masks at all times indoors on campus until further notice.