Van Tran, Ph.D.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Sociology, Public Policy

Area(s) of Expertise:
Immigration, Race and Ethnic Relations, Neighborhoods and Urban Communities, Civic and Political Participation, Stratification and Mobility, Social Inequality and Public Policy


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Van Tran's 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 U.S. His other research interests include neighborhoods and urban communities, and ethnic/racial disparities in health. He recently completed his time as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University where he works on three projects: (1) neighborhoods and social mobility among children of immigrants, (2) neighborhood resources and immigrant health in New York City, and (3) the social provision of healthcare to unauthorized migrants in the U.S. and urban migrants in China.

Journal Articles:

Click here for a list of Van Tran's available publications in PubMed.