Margaret M. Chin joined the Sociology Department of Hunter College in September of 2001 and in 2006 became a member of the faculty of the Graduate Center.
Margaret M. Chin was born and raised in New York City and is herself a child of Chinese immigrant parents. She is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center. Margaret received her BA from Harvard University and her PhD from Columbia University. Her publications include: Sewing Women: Immigrants and the NYC Garment Industry, an illuminating ethnography on the Chinese and Korean garment sectors. She is currently a Faculty Associate of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, and a member of the CUNY Mapping Asian American New York group, and the CUNY Asian American / Asian Research Institute.
Margaret’s honors include an American Sociological Association’s Minority Fellows Award, a NSF Dissertation Grant, a Social Science Research Councils Post Doctoral Fellowship in International Migration, and a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship for junior faculty. She was the Vice President of the Eastern Sociological Society (2015-2016). Her specialties include immigration, family, work, education, Asian Americans, and children of immigrants. She authored Sewing Women: Immigrants and the NYC Garment Industry, an illuminating ethnography on the Chinese and Korean garment sectors, which received an Honorable Mention from the Thomas and Znaniecki Annual Book Award for best book on Immigration from the ASA International Migration Section. She's currently working on two books: Playing the Professional Game: Second Generation Asian Americans, Work and Bamboo Ceilings (tentative title)
and The Peer Effect: How to build Better Schools and Improve our Educational System (tenetative title)
Recent articles and opinion pieces:
Medium Feb 2019 Don't Fall for the Asian American Penalty Trap in College Admissions
The Daily News Feb 2019 It's the Peer Effect
The Atlantic Jun 2018 What's Going On with NYC's Elite Public High Schools ?
Contexts Jul 2018/2016 Asian Americans, Bamboo Ceilings and Affirmative Action
The Society Pages Jun 2018 Merit & the Admissions Debates at Harvard & Stuyvesant HS
Author of Sewing Women: Immigrants and the New York City Garment Industry.