Van C. Tran is a sociologist whose primary research focuses on the incorporation of post-1965 immigrants and their children as well as its implications for the future of ethnic and racial inequality in the United States. His other interests include neighborhoods, urban inequality, and population health, with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino population and New York City neighborhoods. Some of his recent work also adopt a comparative approach to the study of migration in the United States, in Europe, and in China.
Tran’s research has been published in Social Forces, International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, City and Community, Population Health Management, among other interdisciplinary journals. Tran is a recipient of many fellowships and scholarly awards, including the Soros Fellowships for New Americans. His research has been funded by Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation’s Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), among others. His work has also been recognized with three awards from the American Sociological Association’s sections on International Migration, Latino/a Sociology and Community and Urban Sociology.
Tran is the faculty organizer of the Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Workshop which aims to provide an interdisciplinary, intellectual home for doctoral students of race, ethnicity and immigration at Columbia University. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program, the Columbia Population Research Center, the Columbia Global Migration Networks, and the Urban Studies Program. He teaches courses on immigration, urban poverty, and research methods, including the undergraduate seminar Immigrant New York.
Tran was born in Vietnam and grew up in Thailand before his family was resettled in New York City in 1998. He first developed his interest in immigration and urban neighborhoods as an observer of the city’s diverse communities. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University in 2011. He also completed his post-doctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.