Dr. Yu earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policy from Auburn University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Texas A&M University'Corpus Christi, teaching core and track courses in the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program. She is an expert on representative bureaucracy, federalism, and management of nonprofit organizations. Her research interests include the recruitment and retention of women in federal law enforcement and policy decision-making in policing.
In December 2014, Dr. Yu retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of service and is a retired Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). She began her law enforcement career in 1996 and held numerous positions to include Supervisory Special Agent, Special Agent in Charge, AFOSI Liaison Officer to HQ Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Deputy Command Counterintelligence Coordinating Authority at United States Pacific Command. She also served
on three deployments in support of Operations JOINT FORGE, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM.
Dr. Yu was appointed as a Senior Advisor to the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Foundation in July 2012 and subsequently a Board Member in January 2015. In this capacity, she provides consultation to the Foundation on the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in federal law enforcement and education to the criminal justice system and the media of the value that women bring to law enforcement.