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 C. Tran is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. His primary research focuses on the incorporation of post-1965 immigrants and their children as well as its implications for the future of ethnoracial equality in the United States. His other scholarly interests include neighborhood gentrification, urban inequality, and health disparities, with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino population and New York City neighborhoods. Some of his recent work also adopts a comparative approach to the study of migration in the United States, in Europe, and in China. He is working on a book, tentatively titled Lives in Motion: Neighborhoods and Social Mobility among the Children of Immigrants. At Columbia, he is the faculty organizer of the Race, Ethnicity and Migration Workshop and teaches courses on immigration, urban poverty, and research methods, including the popular undergraduate seminar Immigrant New York.