College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Olivia Yu received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University at Buffalo in 1993. She has a bachelor's degree in English-English Literature. Dr. Yu spent a year as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at Saint Joseph’s University-Philadelphia in 1992 and 1993 before completing her Ph.D. works. Her full-time career in higher education started as a member of the criminal justice faculty at the Utica College of Syracuse University (UC), New York in 1993. She accepted the offer to become a member of the Criminal Justice faculty at the University of Texas – San Antonio (UTSA) in 2001 – an escape from the long, snowy cold months of upstate New York.
She served as the department chair at UC, the Graduate Adviser of Record at UTSA, and led the criminal justice programs at the Colorado State University – Global Campus (CSU-Global). In research, she has served as the principal investigator of a large research grant. Her main research interest and publications have a focus on comparative criminal justice/social control and white-collar/economic crime. Dr. Yu’s experience with distance learning and online programs in higher education started in the late 1990s; she has designed a number of online courses for undergraduate and graduate programs. In recent years, she has taught online undergraduate and graduate courses in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Public Administration and research for several online programs in higher education. She received the Excellent Graduate Teaching Award in 2014 and the Recognition of Excellent Teaching in 2017 in a state university.