The New American 2017-2018: Our Alumni Magazine
Associate Professor of Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Van C. Tran is a refugee from Vietnam
Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University
Van C. Tran is Associate Professor of Sociology and Deputy Director for the Center for Urban Research at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His research focuses on the integration of immigrants and their children, ethnic and racial categories, diversity and intergroup relations, neighborhood gentrification, as well as urban poverty and social inequality. As an immigration scholar and urban sociologist, his research and teaching are deeply connected to the diversity, history and vibrancy of New York City. He approaches the city, its neighborhoods and its people as a social laboratory for both original research and innovative teaching which seek to inform urban social policy. His research adopts a multi-disciplinary and multi-methods approach to the dual study of immigrant and urban life, with a focus on how immigration has transformed local communities across the country in both traditional gateways and new immigrant destinations.