P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Van Tran, 2004

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.

  • PhD Sociology & Social Policy | Harvard University 2011
  • BA Sociology | Hunter College of the City University of New York 2004
  • AA Liberal Arts | Hostos Community College of the City University of New York 2001
Work History
  • The Graduate Center, CUNY, Associate Professor of Sociology | June 2019 - PRESENT
  • Columbia University, Professor of Sociology | June 2013 - June 2019
  • The University of Pennsylvania, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar | June 2011 - June 2013
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