Dr. Zoua Vang
Dr Zoua Vang is the founding Director of the IMIHW Lab. She is a William Dawson Scholar, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Associate Investigator of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). Reflecting her interdisciplinary scholarship, Dr Vang is also an Associate Member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, and the Institute for Health & Social Policy at McGill University.
Dr Vang received her BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA and PhD in Sociology from Harvard University. Her areas of research expertise include: international migration, racial/ethnic health disparities, maternal child health, Indigenous health, and racism & discrimination as social determinants of wellness. Trained as a mixed-method researcher, Dr. Vang uses both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in her studies. Further information about Dr. Vang’s background and her other research projects can be found on her personal website.
Dr. Vang is a settler of colour who has been working in partnership with Cree and Inuit communities in Quebec on various studies related to perinatal health since 2015. As a mother and social scientist who cares deeply about social justice and eliminating racial/ethnic health disparities, Dr. Vang's research in the area of Indigenous health endeavours to improve women's access to culturally safe maternity care.