Sophia grew up listening to her mother’s stories of leaving communist China and emigrating to the U.S. from China when she was only about 20 years old. Her mother’s journey to the U.S. inspired her to be proud of her Chinese heritage and sparked her interest in international affairs.

As an undergraduate at Amherst College, she wrote her honors thesis on Asian American access to health care and traveled to China to teach English to young, low-income Chinese students. Moreover, Sophia was a Research Assistant Intern at Verité, a company that helps develop and monitor responsible sourcing tools to conduct due diligence on the corporate supply chain. During her time at Verité, she worked on a white paper, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, shedding light on the role of forced labor in the production of electronic goods in Malaysia.

At USC Gould, Sophia is a staff editor for the Southern California Law Review, Vice President of the Barbara F. Bice Public Interest Foundation (PILF), Internal Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), and a Research Assistant. 

Sophia spent her 1L summer as a summer extern for Judge Patrick Bumatay in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

“I want to ensure that no person experiences the fear of harassment from the government for expressing individuality that my own family went through in China. I strongly believe every person has a right to a fair trial and justice.”