Amy Hsin

Amy Hsin

Professor & Associate Chair

Department of Sociology

Queens College, City University of New York



My research is at the intersection of education, immigration and inequality and employs both quantitative and qualitative methods to the study of these topics. My current research includes: (1) a mixed-method project analyzing the immigration experiences of a racially diverse sample of undocumented youth in NYC, (2) a big data project using spatial analysis to understand how aggressive policing practices produce inequalities by race and immigration status, and (3) a mixed method study aimed at understanding how immigrant youth develop STEM interests and navigate pathways through STEM education and career pathways.

I have longstanding interests in understanding the cause and consequences of Asian American academic achievement. My work on the gender gap in achievement among Asian Americans was featured in The Upshot in the New York Times. 

My research has been published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Demography, Social Forces, International Migration Review and other venues and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Economist, TIME, and NPR. My work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. I am an associated editor of the International Migration Review and on the editorial board of the American Sociological Review. I was included in the City and States' 100 Education Power List in 2021.


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

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

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


Professor, Queens College, CUNY, 2023-present

Associate Professor, Queens College, CUNY, 2017-2023

Assistant Professor, Queens College, CUNY, 2010-2017

NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, 2008-2010