Sally Yi

Graduate Student

Sally Yi (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D. student specializing in late twentieth-century United States legal and social history. As a second-generation Korean American raised in South Dakota, Sally hopes to complicate dominant narratives of Asian American immigration by researching the use of divergent legal strategies amongst ethnic and geographic Asian American populations. She is further interested in the impact of shifts in immigration policy, antitrust law, and labor law on the early days of the Internet.

Sally received her B.A. in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality from Harvard College in 2018, where she was a John Harvard Scholar. While at Harvard, Sally completed the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program, through which she student taught U.S. History at a local high school.

Sally spent her intervening years in financial services, most recently at the D. E. Shaw Group, where she served on its inaugural affinity group for Asian American and Pacific Islander employees and allies.

Year of Study
Second Year
Area of Interest
Gender & Sexuality
History & Public Policy
Legal History
Race & Ethnicity
Science and Technology Studies
Urban History
Home Department & Other Affiliations
20th Century
21st Century
United States