Margaret M. Chin

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Research Interests

  • Immigration, Family, Work, Education, Asian Americans, and Children of Immigrants

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Hunter College

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 was born and raised in New York City and is herself a child of Chinese immigrant parents. She is currently a professor of sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center. Margaret received her B.A. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her publications include Stuck: Why Asian Americans Don’t Reach the Top of the Corporate Ladder, an analysis of the need to understand how factors such as race and trust can hold second-generation Asian Americans back and the award-winning 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 the Asian American Studies Center, both at Hunter College. She is also a member of the Asian / Asian American Research Institute

Margaret’s honors include an American Sociological Association’s Minority Fellows Award, an NSF Dissertation Grant, a Social Science Research Councils Postdoctoral 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. 

Her book Sewing Women: Immigrants and the NYC Garment Industry received an honorable mention from the Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award committee of the International Migration Section of the ASA. She's currently working on a third book with Syed Ali (professor of Sociology at Long Island University), tentatively titled The Peer Effect: Building Better Schools and Better Workplaces.

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