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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.

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 my 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 (especially maternal and infant health among migrant women), pregnancy outcomes among racial and ethnic minorities, and the relationship between racial 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 individual- and neighborhood-level determinants of discrimination for immigrants and visible minorities in Canada as well as the consequences of discrimination for migrants’ and minorities’ sense of community belonging. 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.


Recent publications

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.

Recent other news

Professor Zoua Vang has been nominated to a three-year term as Vice President of the Federation of Canadian Demographers (FCD).

Courses Taught

Graduate Seminars:
SOCI 520 Migration and Immigrant Groups

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