Youngmin Yi


Youngmin Yi

Ph.D. Candidate
Uris Hall, Room 366
Policy Analysis and Management
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Biographical Statement:

Youngmin (Min) Yi is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. Her research uses quantitative methods and sociological and demographic perspectives to study the intersection of family life with the criminal justice, child welfare, and immigration systems in the United States. She is especially interested in how the transition to adulthood is shaped in disparate ways across racial, ethnic, and immigrant groups within those social institutions. 

Prior to her arrival at Cornell University, Youngmin was a Research and Program Coordinator at the Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington, DC, where she worked on issues pertaining to gender and racial/ethnic inequality in labor force experiences and economic security. She received a BA in Economics and French from Wellesley College in 2010 and a MA in Sociology with concentrations in Inequality, Stratification, and Mobility and Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration from Cornell in 2016. 

Teaching and Advising Statement:

I have taught and provided teaching assistance for the following courses:

  • Teaching Assistant, PAM 2080, Confinement (Wildeman), Spring 2017
  • Teaching Assistant, PAM 5100, Applied Multivariate Statistics in Public Affairs (Hall), Spring 2016
  • Teaching Assistant, PAM 3120, Research Design, Practice, and Policy (Waller), Spring 2014, Fall 2014


I am also passionate about and involved in initiatives to learn about, expand, and enhance inclusive teaching practices and community-building in higher education:

  • Graduate Program Assistant, Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, 2017-Present
  • Graduate Mentor, Research Scholars Program/Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, 2015-Present
  • Inclusive Teaching Institute, 2016

Current Research Activities:

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration:

One area of my research examines dimensions of social and spatial segregation in the United States across boundaries defined by race, ethnicity, and documentation status. This includes segregation and inequality in labor market experiences and positions and residential and workplace segregation. 

Incarceration and Criminal Justice:

A second area of my research examines the unintended spillover effects of incarceration and criminal justice system contact more broadly. Topics include the heterogeneous associations of incarceration with inmates’ mental health, the impact of incarceration on family members of inmates, and the interaction of the foster care and criminal justice systems and the implications of that intersection on the life prospects and trajectories of adolescents and young adults. 

Child Welfare/Foster Care:

A third area of my research examines disparities in foster care placement and chidl welfare system contact and experiences of children and adolescents in the U.S., with a particular interest in how this affects young people's capacity to integrate into mainstream social institutions (e.g. labor market, family life, higher education) and later risks of criminal justice contact. 

Family and the Transition to Adulthood:

Another area of my research examines racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic variation in family processes and the experience of family membership in the United States (this intersects substantially with my other research areas). My work focuses in particular on the early adulthood and differences in various dimensions of changes in autonomy and independence over that stage of the life course, including the experiences of home-leaving and the assumption of financial responsibilities. Some of this work is in collaboration with fellow Cornell PhD Candidate Megan Doherty Bea.


M.A. Sociology, Cornell University (2016)
B.A., Economics, French, Wellesley College (2010)

Related Websites:

Cornell Population Center, Cornell University 

Center for the Study of Inequality, Cornell University

Department of Sociology, Cornell University

Theme Project: The Causes, Consequences, and Future of Mass Incarceration in the United States, Institute for Social Sciences, Cornell University

Theme Project: Assessing the Consequences of Temporary Deportation Relief, Institute for Social Sciences, Cornell University 

Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates (GSMU), Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion, Cornell University

Scholars Strategy Network

Administrative Responsibilities:
  • 2017, Graduate Program Assistant, Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion, Cornell University
  • 2016-2017, Fellow, Scholars Strategy Network
  • 2016, Mentoring and Recruitment Coordinator, Sociology Graduate Student Association, Cornell University
  • 2015-2016, President, Sociology Graduate Student Association, Cornell University
  • 2014-2015, President, Graduate Students of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
  • 2014-2015, Sociology Graduate Research Symposium Coordinator, Sociology Graduate Student Association, Cornell University

Selected Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Wildeman, Christopher, Kristin Turney, and Youngmin Yi. 2016. "Paternal Incarceration and Family Functioning: Variation across Federal, State, and Local Facilities." ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 665(1):80-97. (link)

Yi, Youngmin and Christopher Wildeman. "(How) Can Foster Care Diminish Inequality in Children's Criminal Justice Contact?" Commissioned for Future of Children issue on Reducing Justice System Inequality, Ed. Jonathan Laub.

Yi, Youngmin, Kristin Turney, and Christopher Wildeman. 2016. "Mental Health among Jail and Prison Inmates." American Journal of Men's Health. 

Yi, Youngmin and Kim Weeden. 2015. "Occupational Segregation" in Ritzer, George (Ed.), Blackwell Encylopedia of Sociology

Selected Non-Academic Publications:

Hegewisch, Ariane, Maxwell Matite, and Youngmin Yi. 2013. The Truth in the Data: How Quantifying Women's Labor Market Experiences Changes the Conversation about the Economy. IWPR Briefing Paper #L004. Washington, DC: Institute for Women's Policy Research. (link)

Hess, Cynthia, Ariane Hegewisch, Youngmin Yi, Claudia Williams, and Justine Augeri. 2013. The Status of Women and Girls in Colorado. IWPR Report #R374. Washington, DC: Institute for Women's Policy Research. (link)

Hess, Cynthia, Barbara Gault, and Youngmin Yi. 2013. Accelerating Change for Women of Color in STEM: Policy, Action, and Collaboration. IWPR Report #C409. Washington, DC: Institute for Women's Policy Research. (link)


Selected Keywords:
sociology, demography, social stratification, family, race/ethnicity, criminal justice, foster care, incarceration, immigration, transition to adulthood

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.