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, City University of New York. As an immigration scholar and urban sociologist, his research and teaching embrace New York City and its diverse neighborhoods as a social laboratory for innovative research that seeks to inform urban social policy His research focuses on four major themes: second-generation mobility and integration; intergroup relations and racial attitudes; Asian American diversity and growth; and neighborhood integration and urban change. His research has been published in both general and leading journals within the field of immigration, including Social Forces, International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, City & Community, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Sociological Science. Tran was born in Vietnam and grew up in Thailand before resettling in New York City as a refugee. He received his BA in Sociology from Hunter College and his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University. For more information, see: http://vanctran.org

  • 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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