Zoua Vang

Associate Professor

Associate Member, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Peterson Hall Building
3460 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0E6

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

Office Hours: T 1430 - 1600

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Research Areas

Racial/ethnic health disparities, immigrant health, Indigenous maternal infant health, international migration, race/ethnic relations


(PhD, Harvard University, 2008). 

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 research focuses on migration and health, Indigenous maternal child health, and the consequences of discrimination for health and well-being. Other areas of my research and substantive interests include: immigrant assimilation, neighborhood effects, and race/ethnic relations.

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



Vang, Zoua M., Gagnon, Robert, Lee, Tanya, Jimenez, Vania, Navickas, Arian, Pelletier, Jeannie, & Shenker, Hannah (2018). "Interactions between Indigenous Women Awaiting Childbirth Away from Home and Their Southern, Non-Indigenous Healthcare Providers." Qualitative Health Research [OnlineFirst]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732318792500.

Vang, Zoua M. & Chang, Yvonne (2018). "Immigrants' Experiences of Everyday Discrimination in Canada: Unpacking the Contributions of Assimilation, Race, and Early Socialization." International Migration Review [OnlineFirst]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/0197918318764871.

Shor, Eran, Roelfs, David, and Zoua M. Vang (2017). "The 'Hispanic Mortality Paradox' Revisited: Meta-analysis and Meta-regression of Life-Course Differentials in Latin American and Caribbean Immigrants' Mortality." Social Science & Medicine 186:20-33. [online first]

Khan, Mushira, Kobayashi, Karen, Vang, Zoua M., and Sharon M. Lee (2017). "Are Visible Minorities Invisible in Canadian Health Data and Research? A Scoping Review." International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 13(1): 126-143.

Vang, Zoua M., Sigouin, Jennifer, Flenon, Astrid, and Alain Gagnon (2017). "Are Immigrants Healthier than Native-born Canadians? A Systematic Review of the Healthy Immigrant Effect in Canada." Ethnicity & Health, 22(3):209-241. 

Vang, Zoua M. (2016). "Infant Mortality among the Canadian-born Offspring of Immigrants and Non-immigrants in Canada: A Population-based Study." Population Health Metrics 14:32. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12963-016-0101-5.

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. Available at: https://doi.org/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. Available at: https://doi.org/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. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40878-015-0007-6.

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. (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

2018-2023 "Mind the Gap: Disparities in Perinatal Health among Foreign-born Women in Canada." Principal Investigator. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Project Grant, $ 351, 901.

2018-2019 "Pregnant, Isolated and Depressed: Exploring the Impact of Child-birth Evacuation for Inuit Women's Sociocultural Isolation, Perinatal Depression, and Maternal-Infant Health." Principal Investigator. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Project Grant (Bridge Fund), $ 100,000.

2015-2019       "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.

2016-2018       “Pregnant, Isolated and Depressed: Linguistic and Cultural Barriers to Good Perinatal Mental Health among Aboriginal Medical Evacuees in Montreal.” Health Canada (via the McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals project), $40,000.


Courses Taught

Graduate Seminars:

SOCI 526 Indigenous Women's Health & Healthcare

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