Van C. Tran is Associate Professor of Sociology and Deputy Director for the Center for Urban Research at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His research focuses on the integration of immigrants and their children, ethnic and racial categories, diversity and intergroup relations, neighborhood gentrification, as well as urban poverty and social inequality. As an immigration scholar and urban sociologist, his research and teaching are deeply connected to the diversity, history and vibrancy of New York City. He approaches the city, its neighborhoods and its people as a social laboratory for original research and innovative teaching which seek to inform urban social policy. His research adopts a multi-disciplinary and multi-methods approach to the dual study of immigrant and urban life.