Dr. Guanlin Gao joined Chaminade University in 2017. She conducts empirical research in microeconomics with a focus on policy-driven questions in public economics, behavioral economics, and experimental economics. Dr. Gao’s research works are published in various peer-reviewed journals, including Theory and Decision and Southwestern Economic Review. Her current research projects focus on individual and group decision-making in different social environments.
Dr. Gao’s teaching and learning philosophy is that “a mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” She incorporates experiential learning in all levels of classes via games, experiments, field classes, and service-learning projects. Dr. Gao mentors and collaborates with undergraduate students in research to promote social justice and gender equality.
Dr. Gao is the faculty adviser of the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society at Chaminade University. She also serves at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Honolulu Chapter and is involved in economics education for the general public. Dr. Gao has been recognized by the Hayek Fund for Scholars in 2018. She is the recipient of the Fr. Bolin Excellence in Scholarship Award and the President Mackey Outstanding Mentor Award in 2020.