Yangyou is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her dissertation focuses on the Chinese literary, documentary, and artistic subjectivity that rose from the Spanish ambitions in Asia (1521–1815). She works with unknown and underexposed multilingual documents that shed light on voices from diverse communities —Spaniards, Filipinos, Chinese, Japanese and many others—in the Spanish Pacific. She is a passionate teacher and is the recipient of 2021 Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones Prize in recognition for her contributions and dedication to undergraduate teaching.
"I came to pursue the doctoral degree at Princeton with both Humanities and STEM degrees, and work experience in the corporate world. All my past experiences have shaped my passion for scholarship and teaching. As a technology-professional-turned-Humanities-scholar, I believe that the graduate students in the Humanities have individual and diverse paths to professional growth.
The GradFUTURES Forum and the variety of sessions (such as the panels with Center of Digital Humanities, Princeton University Press, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning) were foundational for building my confidence as a new and international graduate student. I was able to acquaint myself with the possible career options both within and beyond academia, and receive hands-on advice on how to build my skills and competencies from early on."
I have participated in the following GradFUTURES Programs: GradFUTURES Forum, GradFUTURES Learning Cohort