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Zoua Vang

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Assistant Professor

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 713
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-6854
Fax: 514-398-3403
E-Mail: zoua [dot] vang [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Zoua Vang)
Office: Peterson 340 

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Research Areas

Immigration, race and ethnic relations, residential segregation, neighborhood effects, racial/ethnic health disparities and immigrant health, mixed methods, and social policy.


(PhD, Harvard University, 2008). Assistant Professor at McGill University since 2010.

Dr. Vang received her BA in Sociology and Psychology (1999) from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MA (2004) and PhD (2008) in Sociology from Harvard University (with additional doctorate training in social policy with the Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government). She received an additional two years of postdoctoral training in social demography and racial/ethnic health disparities as a NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Vang specializes in immigration, race and ethnic relations, residential segregation, and health disparities. Her research broadly focuses on issues related to immigrant adaptation, including intergroup relations, spatial assimilation, health, economic incorporation, and transnationalism.  Her work explores the ways in which sociodemographic factors (e.g., race, ethnicity), institutions, and local contexts of reception (e.g., neighborhoods) facilitate immigrant integration or lead to social exclusion in North America (USA and Canada) and Western Europe (Ireland and EU). 

To date, Dr. Vang’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Fonds de recherche Quebec-Societe et culture, the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies, the Rappaport Center for Greater Boston, and the American Society of Criminology. 


Courses Taught

Graduate Seminars:
SOCI 520 Migration and Immigrant Groups

Undergraduate Courses:
SOCI 230 Sociology of Ethnic Relations
SOCI 477 Qualitative Methods in Sociology