Amy Hsin

Amy Hsin

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology

Queens College, City University of New York



My research is at the intersection of race/ethnicity, immigration, social demography 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 have published research on the effect of parental time use and maternal work on child development; the relative roles of cognitive and non-cognitive skills in determining educational attainment. I have also conducted research exploring the roles of work ethic, peer culture, gender norms and friendship networks in shaping Asian American achievement. My research has been published in The Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, Demography, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Marriage and Family and Ethnic and Racial Studies.

I am currently the Principal Investigator on a large mixed-method study seeking to understand the role of legal status on the immigration experiences, educational and occupational trajectories and family dynamics of a ethnically diverse population of students at CUNY. You can find out more about the project here.

My work has been supported by the William T. Grant Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, European Research Council and the CUNY Research Foundation and has been featured in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Economist, TIME, and NPR.

My two recent OpEd pieces on the economic impact of the DREAM Act were published by The Conversation and The Hill. Listen to my interview 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