Sophie Mako Tanaka

Sophie Mako Tanaka

PhD Students

BA – UCLA (2016)


Research Interests:

women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.


Mako Tanaka is a graduate student in Social Psychology at UCLA and a member of the Social and Identity Lab at UCLA Anderson. She earned a BA degree in psychology from UCLA in 2016. As an undergraduate student, Mako served as a research assistant in SAIL working on political news source and SES research projects. Mako also worked as an Undergraduate Research Fellow studying psychological factors related to women’s interest in STEM and worked for the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation to co-author a report about strategies to advance women in the technology industry. In addition to her research experience, Mako actively volunteered her leadership to many campus organizations; her previous roles include the Psi Beta National Honor Society president, the Leadership Development Coordinator of ASC, and the Chief of Marketing and Finance for Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA.