Zoua M. Vang

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Associate Professor

Department of Sociology
McGill University
Peterson Hall Building, Room 340
3460 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0E6

Tel.: 514-398-6854
Fax: 514-398-3403
E-Mail: zoua.vang [at] mcgill.ca (Zoua M. Vang)

Website: http://www.zouamvang.com/


Professor Vang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and an Associate Member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University. She organizes the Immigration, Race and Ethnicity (IRE) workshop at McGill which aims to provide a home for faculty members, graduate students, and researchers from local universities and research centers in Montreal who are interested in issues of international migration, race and ethnicity. She is particularly interested in the role that neighborhoods play in shaping health outcomes for racial/ethnic minorities and her research has examined the association between infant health and neighborhood racial diversity, ethnic and immigrant enclaves, and racial residential segregation.



Professor Vang's current research has been focusing on three main areas:

  1. Migration and health
  2. Racial/ethnic disparities in perinatal health
  3. Relationship between discrimination and health

She had also begun a new research project on Indigenous maternal infant health, in partnership with Cree and Inuit communities and organizations in Quebec. Professor Vang continues to work on various aspects of migration and immigrants’ integration in Canada, the United States, and Western Europe.



PhD in Sociology (2008): Harvard University


Recent Publications

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, 28(12): 1858-1870. Available here.

Shor, Eran, Roelfs, David, & Vang, Zoua M.. (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.

Khan, Mushira, Kobayashi, Karen, Vang, Zoua M., & Lee, Sharon M. (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, & Gagnon, Alain. (2017). "Are Immigrants Healthier than Native-born Canadians? A Systematic Review of the Healthy Immigrant Effect in Canada." Ethnicity & Health, 22(3):209-241. DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2016.1246518

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. DOI: 10.1186/s12963-016-0101-5