Esther Yoona Cho

2015 Hellman Graduate Awardee

UC Berkeley

Esther Yoona Cho is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology. She received a B.A. from Duke University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and later worked at the Social Science Research Council. She chose to attend Berkeley because of its rich history and culture.

She is currently working on a comparative analysis of the experiences of undocumented Asian and Latino young adults. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, volunteering with local non-profit organizations and exploring new sights around the Bay Area.

“I can’t thank the Hellman family enough for this opportunity to focus on my research in order to excel in my vocation as an early academic and to follow in the footsteps of faculty members who have been able to thrive in their work thanks to the support of this Foundation,” Cho says.