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, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, City and Community, among other interdisciplinary journals. Tran is a recipient of many fellowships, including the Soros Fellowship for New Americans. His work has been recognized with awards from the American Sociological Association’s sections on International Migration, Latino/a Sociology and Community and Urban Sociology. In 2015, he was elected as a Council Member for the International Migration Section.
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 Columbia Population Research Center, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and the Urban Studies Program. He teaches courses on immigration, urban poverty, and research methods, including the popular undergraduate seminar Immigrant New York. He recently served as a member of the academic advisory committee for the Future City Lab of New York at Its Core, a new landmark permanent exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York which opened in November 2016.
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 inequality as an observer of the city’s diverse communities. He received his PhD in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University in 2011 and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2013.
Tran is on Junior Faculty Development Leave till September 2017.
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