Sally Yi

Graduate Student

I am a historian of the recent past interested in how immigration policy, globalization, and technocratic authority complicated ideas of Asian American identity in the late 20th century. My previous life in Human Resources has influenced my interest in exploring these spheres through a labor-centric lens. For example, how has the American tech industry influenced immigration and labor policy? Further, how has the H1B system racialized the notion of technical expertise and perpetuated myths of Asian American class homogeneity? 

My current project explores the attempts of municipal officials to ameliorate both tangible and intangible harms incurred by Downtown Seattle residents after the 1999 WTO Ministerial Conference. 

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

Before coming to Princeton, I worked at Deutsche Bank and the D. E. Shaw Group, where I helped spearhead both companies’ inaugural affinity groups for Asian American and Pacific Islander employees and allies.

Year of Study
Second Year
Area of Interest
Asian American
Immigration & Migration
Science and Technology Studies
Urban History
Home Department & Other Affiliations
20th Century
21st Century
United States