Dr. Russo-Tait engages in interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects employing various methodological approaches to examine different facets of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice issues in biology and other fields in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Her research currently involves two strands. The first examines and amplifies the experiences and perspectives of students from minoritized backgrounds in biology and STEM learning environments. The second explores the role of biology and STEM educators' beliefs and practices in promoting equity, and how to best support instructors in developing a critical consciouness and engaging in equitable, justice-centered approaches to teaching and learning.
Before pursuing her Ph.D., she was a program director at the Center for Science and Math Education and instructional faculty in the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University. She taught undergraduate courses in biology and health equity, co-developed biology and social justice curricula, and led professional development workshops on student-centered teaching practices and equity issues in STEM. Her lived experiences in the science pathway, and her subsequent work with underrepresented, racially minoritized students in STEM motivated her to pursue scholarship in the field so that she could contribute to the larger body of knowledge and national conversation on using asset-based and justice-oriented approaches to best support STEM students and prepare STEM educators.
Ph.D. in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education, 2022
University of Texas at Austin
M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, 2011
San Francisco State Univeristy
B.A. in Biology, 2008
University of Hawai'i at Hilo
Russo-Tait, T. (2022). Color-blind or racially conscious? Science faculty’s sense making of racial/ethnic underrepresentation in STEM. Journal of Research in Science Teaching.
Nguyen, U., Russo-Tait, T., Riegle-Crumb, C., & Doerr, K.T (2022). Changing the gendered status quo in engineering? The encouraging and discouraging experiences of young women with engineering aspirations. Science Education.
Riegle-Crumb, C., Russo-Tait, T., Doerr, K.T., & Nguyen, U (2022). Critical consciousness of gender inequality in STEM: Considering the viewpoints of racially diverse high school girls with engineering aspirations. Sociological Perspectives.
Doerr, K., Riegle-Crumb, C., Russo-Tait, T., Takasaki, K., Sassler, S., Levitte, Y. (2020). Making merit work at the entrance to the engineering workforce: Examining women’s experiences and variations by race/ethnicity. Sex Roles, 1-18.
Harrison, C.D. […] T. Russo-Tait […] Domingo, C.R., & Tanner, K.D. (2019). Investigatinginstructor talk in novel contexts: Widespread use, unexpected categories, and emergent sampling strategies. CBE: Life Sciences Education 18(3): ar30-mr3.
Riegle-Crumb, C., Peng, M., & Russo-Tait, T. (2019). Committed to STEM? Examining factors that predict occupational commitment among Asian and White female students completing STEM U.S. postsecondary programs. Sex Roles, 1-15.
Owens, M.T., Trujillo, G., Seidel, S.B., Harrison, C.D. […] T. Russo-Tait […] Domingo, C.R., & Tanner, K.D. (2018). Collectively improving our teaching: Attempting biology department-wide professional development in scientific teaching. CBE: Life Sciences Education 17(1): ar2.
Owens, M.T., Seidel, S.B., Wong, M.[…] Russo-Tait, T […] Domingo, C.D., Schinske, & J.N., Tanner, K.D. (2017). Classroom sound can be used to classify teaching practices in college science courses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(12), 3085-3090.
Mogul R., Vaishampayan P., Bashir, M., […] T. Russo-Tait, Weigel, B., & Wilhelm, M.B. (2017). Microbial community and biochemical dynamics of biological soil crusts across a gradient of surface coverage in the central Mojave Desert. Frontiers in Microbiology 8 (1974), 1-19.
Momčilović, O., Liu, Q., Swistowski, A., Russo-Tait, T., Zhao, Y., Rao, M.S., Zeng, X. (2014). Genome wide profiling of dopaminergic neurons derived from human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells. Stem Cells and Development 23, 406–20.
Price, D. K., S. Souder, and T. Russo-Tait (2013). Sexual selection, epistasis, and species boundaries in sympatric Hawaiian picture-winged drosophila. Journal of Insect Behavior 27, 27–40.