Zoua Vang

Assistant Professor

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 712
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-6854
Fax: 514-398-7276
E-Mail: zoua [dot] vang [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Zoua Vang)
Office: Peterson 340 

Office hours winter 2017

Thursdays from 12:00 to 14:00?

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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.

I am a sociologist, with post-doctoral training in social demography. I received my BA in Sociology and Psychology (1999) from the University of Pennsylvania, and MA (2004) and PhD (2008) in Sociology from Harvard University. I spent two years as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania where I acquired training in racial/ethnic health disparities and maternal child health.

My previous work has been on the spatial assimilation of immigrants, particularly black African immigrants, in the United States and Ireland. My current research focuses on migration and health, racial/ethnic disparities in perinatal health, and the relationship between discrimination and health. I am also interested in the role that neighborhoods play in shaping health outcomes for racial/ethnic minorities. To this end, my research has examined the association between infant health and neighborhood racial diversity, ethnic and immigrant enclaves, and racial residential segregation.

I continue to work on, and am interested in, various aspects of migration and immigrants’ integration in Canada, the United States, and Western Europe. For example, one current project examines the determinants of racial and non-racial sources of discrimination for immigrants and visible minorities in Canada as well as the health and non-health consequences of discrimination for these populations. I am also the faculty organizer of the Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (IRE) workshop at McGill which aims to provide an interdisciplinary, intellectual home for faculty, graduate students, and researchers from local universities and research centers in Montreal who are interested in issues of international migration, race and ethnicity.

Please visit www.zouamvang.com for more information on my research and background. 



Urquia, Marcelo L., Vang, Zoua M. and Francisco Bolumar (2015). "Birth Outcomes of Latin Americans in Two Countries with Contrasting Immigration Admissions Policies: Canada and Spain." PLoS One 10(8): e0136308. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0136308.

Vang, Zoua M., Elo, Irma T. and Makoto Nagano (2015). "Preterm Birth among the Hmong, Other Asian Subgroups and Non-Hispanic Whites in California." BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 15:1-10. Doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0622-0.

Vang, Zoua M. and Susan E. Eckstein (2015). "Toward an Improved Understanding of Immigrant Adaptation and Transnational Engagement: The Case of Cuban Émigrés in the United States." Comparative Migration Studies 3(1):1-20. Doi: 10.1186/s40878-015-0007-6.

Vang, Zoua M., Sigouin, Jennifer, Flenon, Astrid, and Gagnon, Alain (2015). "The Healthy Immigrant Effect in Canada: A Systematic Review," Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster Discussion Paper  Series/ Un Réseau stratégique de connaissances Changements de population et parcours de vie Document de travail: Vol. 3: Iss. 1, Article 4. Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/pclc/vol3/iss1/4

Khan, Mushira, Kobayashi, Karen, Lee, Sharon M., and Vang, Zoua M. (2015). "(In)Visible Minorities in Canadian Health Data and Research," Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster Discussion Paper Series/ Un Réseau stratégique de connaissances Changements de population et parcours de vie Document de travail: Vol. 3: Iss. 1, Article 5.  Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/pclc/vol3/iss1/5

Elo, Irma T., Vang, Zoua M., and Jennifer F. Culhane (2014). "Variation in Birth Outcomes by Mother's Country of Birth among Non-Hispanic Black Women in the United States." Maternal and Child Health Journal 18: 2371-2381.

Vang, Zoua M. and Irma T. Elo (2013). “Exploring the Health Consequences of Majority Minority Neighborhoods: Minority Diversity and Birthweight among Native-born and Foreign-born Blacks.” Social Science & Medicine 97: 56-65.

Vang, Zoua M. (2012). “The Limits of Spatial Assimilation for Immigrants’ Full Integration: Emerging Evidence from African Immigrants in Boston and Dublin.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 641: 220-246.

Vang, Zoua M. (2010). “Housing Supply and Residential Segregation in Ireland.”  Urban Studies 47(14): 2983-3012.

Vang, Zoua M. (2010). “Book Review: Iceland, John (2009).  Where We Live Now: Immigration and Race in the United States. Berkeley: University of California Press.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 41(1): 167-169.

Vang, Zoua M. (2009). “Health and Residential Segregation.”  In Judith A. Warner (Ed.), Battleground Immigration: The New Immigrants, Vol. 1, pp. 725-730.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

Vang, Zoua M. (2009). “Residential Segregation.”  In Deborah Carr (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, pp. 392-396.  Detroit, MI: Macmillan.

Waters, Mary C. and Zoua M. Vang (2007). “The Challenges of Immigration to Race Based Diversity Policies in the United States.”  In Keith Banting, Tom Courchene, and Leslie Seidle (eds.) Belonging? Diversity, Recognition and Shared Citizenship in Canada, pp. 411-450.  Montreal, Quebec: Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Current Grants

2015-2017       "Discrimination and Sense of Belonging in Late Life: The Intersection of Race and Age.” Principal Investigator. Social Science Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, Insight Development Grant, $75,000.

2015-2016        "The Perinatal Health Care Needs of English-speaking Aboriginal Women in Quebec: A Pilot Study.” Principal Investigator. Health Canada (via McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project), $20,000.

2012-2016       "Les facteurs de risque socio-démographiques et que de voisinage associés à des suites d'accouchement difficiles et à la mortalité infantile : pays d'origine et Provincial/Ville variation parmi les immigrants au Canada." Principal Investigator. Fonds de recherche Quebec-Societe et culture, Établissement nouveaux professeurschercheurs. $39,600.

Courses Taught

Graduate Seminars:
SOCI 520 Migration and Immigrant Groups

Undergraduate Courses:
SOCI 230 Sociology of Ethnic Relations

SOCI 366 Neighborhoods and Inequality

SOCI 477 Qualitative Methods in Sociology