P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Ji Su Yoo, 2020

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Ji Su Yoo is an immigrant from Brazil

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Information Management & Systems at University of California, Berkeley

Ji Su Yoo was born in São Paulo, Brazil and raised in Santa Cruz, Bolivia before her family moved to Los Angeles, California. She owes her commitment to social justice to her parents and sisters, who migrated to give her educational opportunities. 

Ji Su attended Harvard College and graduated with an AB in social studies. Leveraging both her agility with data and her strong social sciences perspective, Ji Su is pursuing a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley School of Information, where she focuses on the intersection of technology and inequality, and social computing using mixed methods.

Ji Su is interested in exposing how technology and its use in critical decision-making processes may reflect or exacerbate existing political and social inequalities. She advocates for increasing diversity in tech education and industry, especially since emerging technologies can disproportionally impact marginalized communities. Ji Su is also identifying ways to use and build technologies to reduce barriers to information and resource access among people of color, people with disabilities, and immigrants. Her long-term goal is to continue conducting research that will inform public interest issues.

  • AB Social Studies | Harvard University 2015
  • PhD Information Management & Systems | University of California, Berkeley
  • Gates Millennium Scholar
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