Joyce Tang

Professor of Sociology


How Did Albert Einstein and Marie Curie Become Scientific Pioneers? sheds a new light on our understanding of inequality in career mobility.  This sociological study of mobility hopefully will promote a recurring theme of science education – “Scientific literacy for all.”  The educational system may be transformed so that more individuals, males and females, become creative thinkers and successful scientists.

The Evolution and Organization of Board of Directors analyzes the patterns of decision-making and operation in voluntary organizations with different missions and organizational structures.


Stratification and Mobility; Science and Technology; Methodology


Tang, Joyce. Forthcoming. “Engineers.” Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia, edited by Vickie Smith and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Tang, Joyce. 2011. “Educators and Founders: How Leadership Evolved.” The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin: International Journal for Professional Educators 78(1):46-53.

Tang, Joyce. 2008. “Nobel Laureates.” Pp. 295-318 in Women, Science, and Myth: Gender Beliefs from Antiquity to the Present, edited by Sue V. Rosser. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

Tang, Joyce. 2008. “Advancing Women and the Underrepresented in the Sciences: A Sociologist’s View.” NETWORK: A Journal of Faculty Development. Faculty Resource Network. New York University.

Tang, Joyce. 2008. “Engineering, Glass Ceiling, and Professionalization.” Pp. 593-595 (vol. 2), 325-326 (vol. 3), and 515-517 (vol. 6) in International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, edited by William A. Darity, Jr. 2nd ed. Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA.

Tang, Joyce. 2006. “Career Investments.” Pp. 122-125 in Encyclopedia of Career Development, edited by Jeffrey H. Greenhaus and Gerard A. Callanan. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Tang, Joyce. 2006. Scientific Pioneers: Women Succeeding in Science. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Tang, Joyce. 2005. “Manufacturing Great Scientists.” Sociological Inquiry 75(1):129-150.

Tang, Joyce. 2003. “Women Succeeding in Science in the Twentieth Century.” Sociological Forum 18(2):325-342.

Tang, Joyce, Jerry A. Jacobs, and Z. Lai. 2000. “The Career Mobility of U.S. Engineers: Stability and Change During the 1970s and 1980s.” Pp. 169-193 in Current Research on Occupations and Professions, edited by Helena Z. Lopata and Kevin Henson. Vol. 11. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Tang, Joyce. 2000. Doing Engineering: The Career Attainment and Mobility of Caucasian, Black, and Asian-American Engineers. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Tang, Joyce. 1997. “Earnings of Academic Scientists and Engineers: A Comparison of Native-Born and Foreign-Born Populations.” Pp. 263-291 in Research in the Sociology of Work, edited by Randy Hodson. Vol. 6. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Tang, Joyce. 1997. “The Model Minority Thesis Revisited: (Counter)evidence From the Science and Engineering Fields.” Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 33(3):291-315.

Tang, Joyce. 1997. “The Glass Ceiling in Science and Engineering.” Journal of Socio-Economics 26(4):383-406.

Tang, Joyce. 1997. “Evidence For and Against the ‘Double Penalty’ Thesis in the Science and Engineering Fields.” Population Research and Policy Review 16(4):337-362.

Tang, Joyce. 1997. “Do Research Methods Need to be Adapted for Valid Research to be Conducted in Ethnic Minority Communities? No.” Pp. 136-140 in Controversial Issues in Multiculturalism, edited by Diane de Anda. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Tang, Joyce. 1996. “Medical School Faculty Then and Now.” Pp. 169-199 in Women and Minorities in American Professions, edited by Joyce Tang and Earl Smith. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Tang, Joyce and Earl Smith. Eds. 1996. Women and Minorities in American Professions. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Tang, Joyce. 1996. “To Be or Not To Be Your Own Boss: A Comparison of White, Black, and Asian Scientists and Engineers.” Pp. 129-165 in Current Research on Occupations and Professions, edited by Helena Z. Lopata and Anne E. Figert. Vol. 9. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Tang, Joyce. 1995. “Differences in the Process of Self-Employment Among Whites, Blacks, and Asians: The Case of Scientists and Engineers.” Sociological Perspectives 38(2):273-309.

Smith, Earl and Joyce Tang. 1994. “Trends in Science and Engineering Doctorate Production, 1975-1990.” Pp. 96-124 in Who Will Do Science? Educating the Next Generation, edited by Willie Pearson, Jr. and Alan Fechter. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Tang, Joyce. 1993. “Whites, Asians, and Blacks in Science and Engineering: A Reconsideration of Their Economic Prospects.” Pp. 249-291 in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, edited by Robert Althauser and Michael Wallace. Vol. 12. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Tang, Joyce. 1993. “The Career Attainment of Caucasian and Asian Engineers.” Sociological Quarterly 34(3):467-496.

Tang, Joyce. 1993. “Caucasians and Asians in Engineering: A Study in Occupational Mobility and Departure.” Pp. 217-256 in Research in the Sociology of Organizations, edited by Samuel B. Bacharach. Vol. 11. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.


Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, 1991)


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