Allie Yee

Associate Director

Allie joined Facing South and the Institute for Southern Studies in July 2014 and became associate director in September 2016. Working closely with the executive director, Allie manages the Institute's key programs, strategic research and internal operations. Her research focuses on demographic change, immigration, voting and civic engagement in the South, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times,  The Greensboro News & Record and AlterNet. 

Prior to joining the Institute, Allie was a fellow at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation where she assisted in grantmaking to nonprofit organizations in North Carolina working on a range of issues. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in public policy studies. 

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Articles by Allie

INSTITUTE INDEX: Momentum builds in the Fight for $15

April 17, 2015 - While major corporations like Walmart and McDonald's have recently taken steps to boost some workers' pay, tens of thousands took to the streets this week calling for a real livable wage. In what organizers have said was the largest demonstration yet, fast-food workers, child care providers, adjunct university faculty and others rose up in the Fight for $15.

Reparations and a conversation about America's redemption

April 1, 2015 - Last week, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic and several scholars gathered at Duke University to discuss reparations and the moral debt the U.S. owes to African Americans for centuries of oppression. While resistance to reparations is great, the panelists discussed why a serious consideration of them could transform the country.

When will Southern states become majority-minority?

March 6, 2015 - A recent report called "States of Change" produced by three national think tanks outlines 10 trends that will re-shape the American electorate, including a rise in the number of states that are majority-minority. Is your state one of the 22 expected to hit that milestone by 2060?