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
Van Tran is a sociologist whose mixed-methods research broadly focuses on the socioeconomic, civic and political 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. Specifically, his research has explored the incorporation of Hispanics/Latinos, local and national influences on attitudes towards immigrants, how neighborhood matters for the second-generation in New York City, as well as how increasing ethnic/racial diversity affects neighborhood local processes in Boston. As a Health & Society Scholar, he will examine how growing up in disadvantaged neighborhoods affects mental and physical health outcomes among the immigrant second-generation, as well as how cultural, structural and biological factors interact to shape health disparities both across and within ethno-racial groups. Van received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy at Harvard University and will begin as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University upon completion of the Health and Society Scholars Program in July 2013.
Click here for a list of Van Tran's available publications in PubMed.