Linda Sax
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Linda Sax



Founding Director, Momentum: Accelerating Equity in Computing and Technology
Faculty Director, Master’s in Student Affairs (MSA) Program

Linda J. Sax is a Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA and Founding Director of Momentum: Accelerating Equity in Computing and Technology. Dr. Sax’s research focuses on gender differences in college student development, with an emphasis on women in STEM fields. She is currently the Principal Investigator for several research projects focusing on efforts to diversify undergraduate computing. Dr. Sax is the author of more than 100 publications, including The Gender Gap in College: Maximizing the Developmental Potential of Women and Men (Jossey-Bass, 2008).


  • Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, 1994
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1990

Awards, Honors, Fellowships

  • Mentoring Award, Association for the Study of Higher Education, 2019
  • UCLA Department of Education Distinguished Teaching Award, 2015
  • Fellow, Sudikoff Family Institute for Education & New Media – 2008-09
  • University Scholar-in-Residence Award, American Association of University Women, 2005-2007
  • Early Career Scholar Award, Association for the Study of Higher Education, November 1999

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Diversity Efforts in Undergraduate Computer Science
  • Undergraduate STEM Education
  • Gender Differences in College Student Development
  • Assessment of College Impact
  • Influence of Family and Faculty on College Student Outcomes
  • Student Affairs Research

Select Publications

Sax, L. J., George, K., Harris, D. & Payton, F. C. (In press). Reframing the Representation of Black Students in Undergraduate Computing. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering.

Sax, L. J., Newhouse, K. N. S., Goode, J., Skorodinsky, M., Nakajima, T. M., & Sendowski, M. (2020). Does AP CS Principles Broaden Participation in Computing? An Analysis of APCSA and APCSP Participants. Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, 542–548.

Sax, L. J., Lim, K., Lehman, K., & Monje-Paulson, L. (2018). Reversal of the Gender Gap: The Biological Sciences as a Unique Case within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 24(4): 291 324.

Sax, L. J., Lehman, K., Jacobs, J.A., Kanny, A., Lim, G., Monje-Paulson, L. & Zimmerman, H. (2017). Anatomy of an Enduring Gender Gap: The Evolution of Women’s Participation in Computer Science. The Journal of Higher Education, 88(2): 258-293.

Sax, L. J., Zimmerman, H. B., Blaney, J. M., Toven-Lindsey, B., & Lehman, K. (2017). Diversifying Computer Science Departments: How Department Chairs Become Change Agents for Women and Underrepresented Minority Students. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 23 (2): 101-119.

Sax, L.J., Kanny, A., Jacobs, J., Whang, H., Weintraub, D.S. & Hroch, A. (2016). Understanding the Changing Dynamics of the Gender Gap in Undergraduate Engineering Majors: 1971-2011. Research in Higher Education, 57 (5): 570-600.

Sax, L. J., Kanny, M. A., Riggers-Piehl, T. A., Whang, H., & Paulson, L. N. (2015). “But I’m Not Good at Math”: The Changing Salience of Mathematical Self-Concept in Shaping Women’s and Men’s STEM Aspirations. Research in Higher Education, 56 (8): 813-842.