Leafia Zi Ye

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and an affiliate of the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I am also a Graduate Research Fellow at the Center for Financial Security.

My research is on the physical and economic well-being of foreign-born populations in the United States. Specifically, I study 1) how immigrants’ country of origin and current place of residence may jointly shape their health and earnings; 2) how their health and earnings trajectories may be connected; and 3) how their access to resources changes over the life course. Methodologically, I am interested in understanding how accounting for temporary and permanent outmigration can change current understandings of immigrants’ trajectories. I recently published an article (with Dr. Michal Engelman) in Advances in Medical Sociology on immigrants’ health in the context of U.S. racial and ethnic disparities.

My name is pronounced [Lee-fee-ah Zee Yeh].