Professor Shiao received his B.A. in Women's Studies from Brown University in 1991, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. He joined the University of Oregon faculty as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in 1998 and later served Dartmouth College as Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies before rejoining the UO faculty in 2009. His scholarship has examined significant cases of interracial relations in the United States, with a recurring emphasis on the experiences of Asian Americans. These cases have included the rise of diversity policies in the 1990s among nonprofit organizations, the racial/ethnic identities and life experiences of international adoptees, and the role of interracial intimacy in contemporary race relations. His research has primarily employed qualitative methods within a mixed-methods approach that bridges quantitative and qualitative research and has received funding from the Russell Sage Foundation and the National Science Foundation.