Ilyssa Tuttelman

Mentor: Dr. Steven Noll
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"Magic Tree House #22: Revolutionary War on Wednesday" was my first favorite American History book. Even at eight years old I wanted to read and understand everything. When I started my freshman year at UF, I knew I wanted to research and write a history thesis. Finally, I participated in the 2015 UF in Cambridge program where I conducted research on French-American relations during the American Revolution."


History and International Studies in the Middle East



Research Interests

  • Immigration
  • American History
  • International Relations

Academic Awards

  • Florida Academic Scholarship
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Delta Nu Zeta Service Sorority
  • Dance Marathon at the University of Florida


  • Alachua County Humane Society
  • Helping Hands Pet Rescue
  • GiGi's Playhouse Gainesville

Hobbies and Interests

  • Coffee
  • Cycling
  • Reading

Research Description

The Treatment and Exclusion of Chinese Immigrants in Chicago between 1880-1920s
At the turn of the twentieth century, the Chinese immigrant population of America faced a crisis. Many native born white Americans deemed the Chinese as a “yellow peril” who needed to be dealt with. The United States government began legal action against this so-called “yellow peril” by enacting the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which primarily targeted Chinese laborers. This Act was further strengthened by the Geary Act of 1892 and by the support of China prohibiting the emigration of their immigrants to the US; this was displayed in the Emigration Treaty Between the United States of America and China of 1894. The government then created various methods and used government agencies to track and maintain the Chinese labor population. The US Department of Commerce and Labor had a bureau of investigators to secure and police the limited Chinese population. This was especially important in Chicago and the Midwest in particular. I want to understand how and why the Chinese Exclusion Act became so prevalent and why it is not more commonly discussed.