Dan J. Wang

Dan J. Wang

Assistant Professor of Business
+1 212 854 3401
Campus Phone: 
MS 4-3401
101 Uris, United States

Niza Yanay

Niza Yanay

Adjunct Professor

Van C. Tran

Van C. Tran

Assistant Professor of Sociology
606 Knox Hall
Office Hours: 
Mondays, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
Areas of Interest: 
Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Poverty, Social Inequality, Public Policy, Population Health

Ph.D., Harvard, 2011

Biographical Note: 

Van C. Tran is a sociologist whose primary research focuses on the incorporation of post-1965 immigrants and their children as well as its implications for the future of ethnic and racial inequality in the United States. His other interests include neighborhoods, urban inequality, and population health, with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino population and New York City neighborhoods. Some of his recent work also adopts a comparative approach to the study of migration in the United States, in Europe, and in China.

Tran received his Ph.D. in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University in 2011. He also completed his post-doctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Tran is the faculty organizer of the Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Workshop which aims to provide an interdisciplinary, intellectual home for doctoral students of race, ethnicity and immigration.  He is also a faculty affiliate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program, the Columbia Population Research Center, the Columbia Global Migration Networks, and the Urban Studies Program. He teaches courses on immigration, urban poverty, and research methods, including the popular undergraduate seminar Immigrant New York.

Tran is working on a new study, the Amsterdam Avenue Project, which focuses on ten contiguous neighborhoods in Manhattan from West Chelsea to Inwood. This study explores the meaning of disorder and gentrification for local businesses and residents. It involves the collection of original data, including participant observations, qualitative interviews, systematic social observations, and experimental approaches.

Tran is a recipient of many fellowships and scholarly awards, including the Soros Fellowships for New Americans. His research has been funded by Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation's Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), among others. His work has also been recognized with three awards from the American Sociological Association's sections on International Migration, Latino/a Sociology and Community and Urban Sociology. Since 2014, he has served on the editorial board of Social Forces and The Sociological Quarterly. In addition, he is a regular reviewer for leading academic journals in sociology, ethnic studies, political science and public health, as well as book manuscripts, fellowships and grant programs.  

Tran was born in Vietnam and grew up in Thailand before his family was resettled in New York City in 1998. He first developed his interest in immigration and urban neighborhoods as an observer of the city’s diverse communities.

Courses to be offered this year:

Fall 2014: W3980 Immigrant New York

Fall 2014: G9000 Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Workshop

Spring 2015: W3010 Methods for Social Research

Spring 2015: W3214 Immigration & American Society

Office hours this Spring:

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Articles and chapters

Tran, Van C. 2015. "Revisiting the Americano Dream." Pathways, forthcoming.

Tran, Van C. and Nicol M. Valdez. 2015. "Second-Generation Decline or Advantage? Latino Assimilation in the Aftermath of the Great Recession." International Migration Review, forthcoming.

Lee, David C., Brendan G. Carr, Tony E. Smith, Van C. Tran, Daniel Polsky and Charles C. Branas. 2015. “The Impact of Hospital Closures, Hospital and Population Characteristics on Increasing Emergency Department Volume: A Geographic Analysis.” Population Health Management, forthcoming.

Tran, Van C. 2015. "More Than Just Black: Cultural Perils and Opportunities in Inner-City Neighborhoods." In The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth, Orlando Patterson, Eds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Hopkins, Daniel J., Van C. Tran and Abigail F. Williamson. 2014. "See No Spanish: Language, Local Context, and Attitudes toward Immigration." Politics, Groups, and Identities, 2(1): 35-51.

Tran, Van C., Corina Graif, Alison D. Jones, Mario L. Small, and Christopher Winship. 2013. "Participation in Context: Neighborhood Diversity and Organizational Involvement in Boston." City & Community 12(3): 187-210.

Waters, Mary C., Anthony Heath, Tran, Van C. and Vikki Boliver. 2013 . "Second-Generation Attainment and Inequality: Primary and Secondary Effects on Educational Outcomes in Britain and the U.S." In The Children of Immigrants at School:  A Comparative Look at Integration in the United States and Western Europe, Richard Alba and Jennifer Holdaway, Eds. New York: New York University Press.

Tran, Van C., Susan K. Brown and Jens Schneider. 2012. "Neighborhoods and Perceptions of Disorder." Pp. 156-182 in The Changing Face of World Cities, Maurice Crul and John Mollenkopf, Eds. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Tran, Van C.  2012. "Assimilation." In Oxford Bibliographies Online in Sociology. Jeff Manza, Ed. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Tran, Van C. 2010. "English Gain vs. Spanish Loss? Language Assimilation among Second-Generation Latinos in Young Adulthood." Social Forces 89(1): 257-284.

Waters, Mary C., Van C. Tran, Philip Kasinitz and John Mollenkopf. 2010. "Segmented Assimilation Revised: Types of Acculturation and Socioeconomic Outcomes in Young Adulthood." Ethnic and Racial Studies 33(7): 1168-1193.
Tran, Van C. 2008. "Understanding Latino Diversity: Pan-Ethnic Identity Formation among Latinos." Pp. 47-77 in Ethnicity and Social Divisions: Contemporary Research in Sociology, Karin Hallden, Elias Le Grand and Zenia Hellgreen, Eds. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Book reviews

Tran, Van C. 2015. Review of Caring across Generations: The Linked Lives of Korean American Families by Grace J. Yoo and Barbara W. Kim (New York University Press, 2013) in Social Forces.

Tran, Van C. 2015. Review of Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock in White Advantage by Daria Roithwayr (New York University Press, 2014) in Political Science Quarterly.

Tran, Van C. 2014. Review of Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic Inequality by David Card and Steven Raphael (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2013), in Journal of Children and Poverty.

Tran, Van C. 2012. Review of Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican-Americans, Immigration and Identity by Tomas R. Jimenez (University of California Press, 2010) in Sociological Forum 27(1): 258-261.

Tran, Van C. 2009. Review of Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age by Philip Kasinitz, John Mollenkopf, Mary Waters and Jennifer Holdaway (Russell Sage Foundation and Harvard University Press, 2008) in ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America. Winter Issue, pp. 68-70.

Tran, Van C. 2008. Review of God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing Religious Landscape by Peggy Levitt (The New Press, 2007) ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America. Spring Issue, pp. 73-74.

Other publications

Tran, Van C. 2015. "Blacks and the American City." Interview by Benjamin Rohr. Powision 16.

Bachrach, Christine, Nancy Adler, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Sandy Hofferth, and Van C. Tran. 2013. “The Contribution of a National Network of Social Observatories to Improving Population Health.” SOCN White Papers Series, The Social Observatory Coordinating Network.

Tran, Van C. 2009. "On the Promise and Challenges of Diversity." Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Annual Newsletter, the New American, Spring Issue, Volume 14, p.5.

Jennifer C. Lena

Jennifer C. Lena

Associate Professor
Campus Phone: 
413B Zankel Hall
Areas of Specialty: 
Culture, Organizations, Elites, Stratification
Biographical Note: 

Jennifer C. Lena is Associate Professor of Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University and has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology. She also holds an appointment as Senior Research Scholar for the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) at Indiana University. She is co-editor (with Frederick Wherry and Greta Hsu) of a book series, Culture and Economic Life, published by Stanford University Press. Lena currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Contemporary Sociology, Poetics, and Sociology Compass.

She is a past fellow of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University, and the Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, and held faculty positions at Vanderbilt University and Barnard College. Her research focuses on understanding processes of classification, particularly the organizational and institutional conditions for the creation, modification, or elimination of cultural categories like genres. Lena also examines non-profit executive transitions and organizational closure, particularly in the visual and performing arts, and service organizations. She is the author of Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music (Princeton University Press, 2012), which was named one of Choice Reviews Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012Her research has been published in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Poetics, and American Behavioral Scientist, among other peer-reviewed journals, and has been reprinted in texts dedicated to highlighting excellence in social science methods, hip-hop scholarship, and the sociology of culture. Lena is reputed to be the first sociologist to commission a Grammy-nominated album: Hilos (composer: Gabriela Frank; performed by ALIAS Chamber Ensemble; released in 2010 by Naxos Records). Her current projects include a study of the increasingly broad and diverse tastes of U.S. elites, provisionally titled, Slumming: The Reproduction of Prestige


Representative examples from each research stream in the past several years:

Lena, Jennifer C. 2012. Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music. Princeton University Press.

Lena, Jennifer C. and Erin Johnston. 2015. “U.S. Cultural Engagement with Global Muslim Communities: Contours and Connections in an Emerging Field.” Grantmakers in the Arts Reader. Vol. 26 (1): 9-13.

Lena, Jennifer C. 2015. “Culture, Production of: Prospects for the Twenty-First Century.” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 2nd Edition. Section Ed. Kees van Rees; Ed. in Chief, James Wright. Elsevier. Pp. 608-613.

Lena, Jennifer C. and Danielle Lindemann. 2014. “Who is an Artist? New Data for an Old Question.” Poetics. Special issue: Art at the Crossroads. Ed. Victoria Alexander and Anne Bower. Vol. 43: 70-85.

Lena, Jennifer C. 2014. “Making It Work: The Education and Employment of Recent Arts Graduates.” Annual Report on the 2013 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP). With Sally Gaskill, Rebecca F. Houghton, Amber Lambert, Angie Miller, and Steven J. Tepper. Pp. 1-30.

Lena, Jennifer C. January/February 2013. “A Visit From The Credibility Squad.” Pacific Standard. Pgs. 32-35.

Lena, Jennifer C. 2011. “Tradition and Transformation at the Fan Fair Festival.” Pp. 224-248 in Negotiating Values in the Creative Industries: Fairs, Festivals and Competitive Events, ed. Brian Moeran and Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen. Cambridge University Press.

Teresa Sharpe

Teresa Sharpe


Adam Reich

Adam Reich

Assistant Professor
Knox 705
Areas of Interest: 
Economic Sociology, Medical Sociology, Sociology of Work, Social Movements, Social Control

Ph.D.  University of California, Berkeley, 2012

Biographical Note: 

Adam Reich received his PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley in 2012, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at Columbia from 2012 to 2014.  He focuses on economic and cultural sociology.  Much of his research concerns how people make sense of their economic activities and economic positions within organizations.  Reich is the author of three books, the most recent of which is Selling Our Souls: The Commodification of Hospital Care in the United States (Princeton, 2014).  He is also the author of several peer-reviewed articles, which have appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology and Social Science & Medicine.

Harriet A. Zuckerman

Harriet A. Zuckerman

+1 212 854 2149
Campus Phone: 
MS 4-2149

Bruce G. Link

Bruce G. Link

+1 212 305 4547
Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health

Thomas A. DiPrete

Thomas A. DiPrete

Giddings Professor of Sociology
+1 212 851 9281
Campus Phone: 
MS 1-9281
601B Knox
601B Knox Hall, Mail Code: 9649, United States
Biographical Note: 

 Thomas A. DiPrete is Giddings Professor of Sociology, co-director of the Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality at Columbia University, and a faculty member of the Columbia Population Research Center.  DiPrete holds a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.  He has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Duke University, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as Columbia. DiPrete’s research interests include social stratification, demography, education, economic sociology, and quantitative methodology.  A specialist in comparative research, DiPrete has held research appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, the Social Science Research Center – Berlin, the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the University of Amsterdam.  His recent and ongoing projects include the study of gender differences in educational performance, educational attainment, and fields of study, the determinants of college persistence and dropout in the U.S., a comparative study of how educational expansion and the structure of linkages between education and the labor market contribute to earnings inequality in several industrialized countries, and the study of how social comparison processes affect the compensation of corporate executives.


2014. Joscha Legewie and T. DiPrete. “The High School Environment and the Gender Gap in Science and Engineering Degrees.” Sociology of Education, forthcoming. 

2014. Joscha Legewie and T. DiPrete. “Pathways to Science and Engineering Bachelor Degrees for Men and Women.”Sociological Science. 1:41-48.

2013. T. DiPrete and Claudia Buchmann. The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What it Means for American Schools. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press. 

      ----Winner, Outstanding Book Award, Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Asociation.

      ----Winner, Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Social Demography.   Awarded by the Section on Population of the American Sociological Association.

      ---- https://www.russellsage.org/publications/rise-women.

2013. Matthew Pittinsky and T. DiPrete. "Peer Group Ties and Executive Compensation Networks." Social Science Research. 42: 1675-1692.

2013. Allison Mann and T. DiPrete. “Trends in Gender Segregation in the Choice of Science and Engineering Majors.” Social Science Research. 42: 1519-1541.

2012. Joscha Legewie and T. DiPrete. “School Context and the Gender Gap in Educational Achievement.”  American Sociological Review. 77: 463–485

2012. T. DiPrete and Jennifer Jennings. “Social/Behavioral Skills and the Gender Gap in Early Educational Achievement.” Social Science Research. 41:1-15.

2011.  Anne McDaniel, T. DiPrete, Claudia Buchmann, and Uri Shwed. “The Black Gender Gap in Educational Attainment: Historical Trends and Racial Comparisons.” Demography.  48: 889-914. (Winner, 2012 IPUMS Research Award).

2011. T. DiPrete, Andrew Gelman, Julien Teitler, Tian Zheng, and Tyler McCormick. “Segregation in Social Networks Based on Acquaintanceship and Trust.” American Journal of Sociology. 116:1234-1283.

2010. T. DiPrete, Greg Eirich, and Matthew Pittinsky. “Compensation Benchmarking, Leapfrogs, and the Surge in Executive Pay.” American Journal of Sociology. 115: 1671-1712. Condensed version forthcoming in Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective (4th edition), edited by David Grusky. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

2010. Jennifer Jennings and T. DiPrete.  “Teacher Effects on Academic and Social Outcomes in Elementary School.” Sociology of Education. 83:135-159.

2008. Ellen Verbakel and T. DiPrete. “Non-Working Time, Income Inequality, and Quality of Life Comparisons: The Case of the U.S. vs. the Netherlands.” Social Forces. 87: 679-712.

2008. “Gender Inequalities in Education.”  (Claudia Buchmann, T. DiPrete, and Anne McDaniel).  Annual Review of Sociology. 34: 319-337.

2007.  "Is this a Great Country?  Upward Mobility and the Chances for Riches in Contemporary America."  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 25: 89-95.

2007. “What has Sociology to Contribute to the Study of Inequality Trends?  An Historical and Comparative Perspective.” Journal of the American Behavioral Scientist. 50:603-618.

2006. The Growing Female Advantage in College Completion: The Role of Parental Education, Family Structure, and Academic Achievement. (Claudia Buchmann and T. DiPrete).  American Sociological Review 71:515-541. (Winner of the Willard Waller Prize by the ASA Section on Education).

2006. Work and Pay in Flexible and Regulated Labor Markets: A Generalized Perspective on Institutional Evolution and Inequality Trends in Europe and the U.S. (T. DiPrete, Eric Maurin, Dominique Goux, and Amelie Quesnel-Vallee). Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 24:311-332.

2006. Cumulative Advantage as a Mechanism for Inequality: A Review of Theory and Evidence (T. DiPrete and Greg Eirich). Annual Review of Sociology 32:271-297.

2006.  “What Have We Learned? RC28’s Contributions to Knowledge about Social Stratification.” (Michael Hout and T. DiPrete).  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 24: 1-20.

2004.  “Assessing Bias in the Estimation of Causal Effects: Rosen 2004.  “Assessing Bias in the Estimation of Causal Effects: Rosenbaum Bounds on Matching Estimators and Instrumental Variables Estimation with Imperfect Instruments.”  (T. DiPrete and Markus Gangl).  Sociological Methodology 34:271-310

2004.  “Estimating Causal Effects with Matching Methods in the Presence and Absence of Bias Cancellation.”  (T. DiPrete and Henriette Engelhardt).  Sociological Methods and Research  32(4): 501-528.  Awarded the 2005 SOEP Prize for the best published scientific paper during 2003 and 2004 using data from the German Socioeconomic Panel by the Association of Friends of the German Institute for Economic Science, Berlin (DIW Berlin).

Jonathan Rieder

Jonathan Rieder

Sociology, Barnard College
322C Milbank
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Areas of Interest: 
Racial and Ethnic Conflict, American Culture and Politics, Sociology of Culture, Politics and Language, Ethnic Pluralism

Ph.D., Yale, 1978

Biographical Note: 

Jonathan Rieder joined the faculty of Barnard College in 1990 and chaired the department from 1990 through 2003. He previously taught at Yale University and Swarthmore College. In addition to his teaching in the Sociology Department, Professor Rieder is affiliated with Barnard's programs in American Studies, Jewish Studies, and Human Rights Studies. A member of the graduate faculty of Columbia University’s Sociology Department, he is also affiliated with the Columbia American Studies Department.  Rieder teaches courses on contemporary American culture and politics;  unity and division in the United States;  the sociology of culture; and race, ethnicity,  and American pluralism. He has regularly taught "The Shapes and Shadows of Identity" in the Barnard First-Year Writing Program. His latest course is From Rhythm and Blues to Soul and Rock: The Sociology of Crossover Culture.

Rieder is the author of Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation (Bloomsbury, 2013). He is also the author of The Word of the Lord Is upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Canarsie: The Jews and Italians of Brooklyn against Liberalism. He edited The Fractious Nation: Unity and Division in Contemporary American Life. Between 1995 and 2001, He was a cofounding editor of CommonQuest:The Magazine of Black- Jewish Relations. He has been a regular commentator on TV and radio, a contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and a contributing editor for The New Republic. He has been a Member and a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, and been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton, The Wilson Center, the National Humanities Center, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. He is currently working on a book about the rise of contemporary crossover culture and the transition of rhythm and blues into soul music.



Recent Publications:

Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation(Bloomsbury, 2013).


King May Have Dreamed,” The Los Angeles Times, August 25, 2013.




“Songs of the Slaves,” The New Yorker, August, 23, 2013.


“The Prophet Unbound,” The Washington Post, April 23, 2013.




"Too Black or Not Black Enough?: Final Thoughts on Beer Summits and Postracial Paradoxes," The Huffington Post.

"'I'm Going to Be a Negro Tonight': Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama and Postracial Paradoxes,"  The Michigan Review, Summer, 2009.

The Word of the Lord is Upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. (The Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 2008).

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