Ebony McGee, PhD, studies how racialized biases in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics impact graduate and career pathways for high-achieving, historically marginalized students. She is particularly interested in how racialized stereotypes negatively affect the social, economic, and health outcomes of high-achieving Black students. She also investigates student resiliency, wellness, mental health, and identity development in this context.
Cofounder of the Explorations in Diversifying Engineering Faculty Initiative, as well as the Institute in Critical Quantitative and Mixed Methodologies Training for Underrepresented Scholars, McGee is also the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER grant supporting investigation into how marginalization undercuts success in STEM.
McGee left a career in electrical engineering to earn a PhD in mathematics education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago, and an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University. Her research has been featured in The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, US News & World Report, and other prominent media outlets. She also is the lead editor of Diversifying STEM: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Race and Gender (2019).