Amy Hsin

Amy Hsin

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology

Queens College, City University of New York



My research is at the intersection of education, immigration and inequality. I employ a variety of quantitative methods including quasi-experimental research design, instrumental variable regressions, panel data analysis and qualitative methods to the study of these topics.

I will be a visiting scholar to the Russell Sage Foundation in 2019-2020 to work on my book that explores the diverse and stratified experiences of undocumented youth in New York City. This work will incorporate analysis of administrative data on undocumented college students in NYC and in-depth interviews of over 100 undocumented youth and their families. You can find out more about the project here.

A new focus of my work centers on understanding how common policing practices--such as police stop-and-frisk--can isolate and exclude Black/Latino and undocumented youth. This project links administrative data on college students and the NYPD to estimate the effect of individual level exposure to police enforcement near places of residence and college campuses on students' academic performance.

I have longstanding interests in understanding the cause and consequences of Asian American academic achievement. I focus on examining how factors such as the immigrant experience, peer culture, gender norms and friendship networks shape the educational outcomes of Asian Americans. My recent work on the gender gap in achievement and Asian Americans was featured in The Upshot in the New York Times.

My research has been published in journals such as The Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, Demography, Economics of Education Review, International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Journal of Marriage and Family. My work has been supported by the William T. Grant Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and the CUNY Research Foundation and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Economist, TIME, and NPR.

I wrote two OpEd pieces on the economic impact of the DREAM Act in The Conversation and The Hill. You can listen to me discuss my work on undocumented immigration on the Scholars Strategy Network's No Jargon, Episode 121: The American DREAM.


Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008

M. A., Economics, New York University, 2002

B. A., Economics, New York University, 1999


Associate Professor, Sociology, Queens College, CUNY, 2017-present

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Queens College, CUNY, 2010-2017

NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, 2008-2010