PhD, Public Administration and Public Policy, Auburn University

MS, Criminal Justice, University of Alabama at Birmingham

BA, Political Science, North Carolina State University

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor & Graduate Chair, Public Administration Program, University of Hawai'i at Manoa (2020-Present)

Assistant Professor, Public Administration Program, University of Hawai'i at Manoa (2017-2020)

Assistant Professor, MPA Program, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (2014-2017)

Editorial Appointments

Associate Editor (Social Equity Section), Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs (2021-Present)

Editorial Board, Public Personnel Management (2020-Present)

Editorial Board, Review of Public Personnel Administration (2020-Present)

Academic Conferences

Yu, Helen H. 2020. "Breaking the Code of Silence: Who are the Women Reporting Sex-BAsed Discrimination in Federal Law Enforcement." Paper scheduled at the 80th Annual American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Conference, Anaheim, CA, April 6.

Yu, Helen H. 2019. “All Boys Club? Male Officers Perception of Female Officers’ Workplace Experiences in Federal Law Enforcement.” Paper presented at the 80th Annual American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Conference, Washington, DC, March 12.

Yu, Helen H. 2018. “Academic-Practitioner Collaboration on Gender Research in U.S. Federal Law Enforcement: Results from Three Coproduction Partnerships.” Paper presented at the 2018 Public Management Research Conference (PMRC), Singapore, May 31.

Yu, Helen H. 2018. “Academic-Practitioner Collaboration on Gender Research in Federal Law Enforcement: The Value of a Coproduction Process.” Paper presented at the 79th Annual American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Conference, Denver, CO, March 9.

Professional Conferences

Yu, Helen H. 2018. “Work-Life Balance: Myth or Reality in Federal Law Enforcement.” Invited speaker at the 19th Annual Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE®) Leadership Training Conference, Rancho Mirage, CA, June 28.

Sanz, Catherine W., Margie Moore, and Helen H. Yu. 2015. "Status of Women in Policing/Federal Law Enforcement: Recruitment, Retention, and Promotion." Invited speaker at the 16th Annual Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE®) Leadership Training Conference, Tampa, FL, June 11.


Yu, Helen H. 2012. “Results: An Examination of Eight Factors Influencing Women’s Retention in Federal Law Enforcement.” Invited speaker at the 13th Annual Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE®) Leadership Training Conference, Orlando, FL, June 28.


Other Invited Presentations

2020. "Lessons in Leadership" Guest speaker at Florida International University Fall 2020 Public Policy and Administration Leadership Lecture Series, Miami, FL, November 20.

2020. "City & County of Honolulu Prosecutorial Debate." Co-moderator at the Hawai'i Innocence Project and William S. Richardson School of Law sponsored event, Honolulu, HI, January 28.

2019. "Lessons in Leadership." Guest speaker at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Fall 2019 Introduction to Public Administration, Honolulu, HI, October 14.


2019. "Women Leaders in Public Administration." Moderator at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Spring 2019 PASO Speaker Series, Honolulu, HI, March 29.

2018. “Women in U.S. Federal Law Enforcement: Challenges They Face in the Work Environment.” Guest speaker at Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Japan, August 8.


2018. "Ethical Leadership." Guest speaker at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa AFROTC, Honolulu, HI, February 15.


2017. "Women in Federal Law Enforcement: Challenges They Face in the Work Environment." Guest speaker at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Fall 2017 Women's Studies Colloquia, Honolulu, HI, October 20. 

2012. “Diversity: Women in the Military.” Keynote speaker at the Auburn University Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) NEW LeadershipTM Residential Intensive Training Program, Auburn, AL, May 16. 

Professional Memberships

American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)

ASPA Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA)

ASPA Section for Personnel Administration and Labor Relations (SPALR)

Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Inc. (WIFLE®)

Professional Experience

Deputy, Counterintelligence Coordinating Authority, US Pacific Command (USPACOM), Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii. Coordinated and de-conflicted all counterintelligence investigations, collections and operations relative to USPACOM requirements globally, establishing strategy, policy and procedures for full-spectrum execution. (2012-2014)


Chief, Counterterrorism Branch, Headquarters Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Directed all AFOSI defensive counterintelligence program initiatives pertaining to antiterrorism, force protection, Joint Terrorism Task Forces, Force Protection Detachments, and Protective Service Operations designed to detect and neutralize terrorist and foreign intelligence service activities targeting DoD resources worldwide. (2007-2009) 


Chief, Homeland Defense Counterintelligence Branch, Headquarters Air Force, Deputy for Homeland Defense, Pentagon, DC. Action officer for federal law enforcement, counterintelligence, force protection, combating terrorism, and antiterrorism. Provided combating terrorism input into National Defense Authorization Act requests for reports and congressional testimony. (2005-2007) 


Special Agent in Charge, AFOSI Detachment 323, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Directed all criminal, counterintelligence, antiterrorism and fraud operations and investigations involving DoD commanders and personnel at MacDill AFB, Florida. Interfaced and conducted liaisons with counterpart federal, state, and local security, investigative and counterintelligence agencies. (2003-2005) 


Supervisory Special Agent, AFOSI Detachment 102, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Responsible for all specialized criminal and fraud investigations supporting USAF acquisition efforts in the six-state New England area. Directly coordinated investigations with Air Force judge advocates, command officials, and United States Attorneys’ Offices, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. (2001-2003)


Professional experience prior to 2001 upon request. 



2010 - present

2010 - present



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Dr. Yu is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and the Graduate Chair of the Public Administration Program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Her teaching focus includes leadership and ethics, and human resource management. Her research interests include the recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion of women in non-traditional occupations, in particular federal law enforcement. She is a Lt. Colonel (Retired) from the U.S. Air Force and a Special Agent (Retired) with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. She is also an avid runner.

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