Amy Hsin

Amy Hsin

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology

Queens College, City University of New York



My research is at the intersection of education, inequality, race/ethnicity and immigration. 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 am currently the Principal Investigator on a large mixed-method study seeking to understand the role of legal status on the educational and occupational trajectories of a ethnically diverse population of students at CUNY. We analyze unique administrative data that allows us to study the population of undocumented students in NYC and conduct in-depth interviews of students and their families. You can find out more about the project here.

Another focus of my research is on understanding Asian American academic achievement, including examining how factors such as the immigrant experience, work ethic, peer culture, gender norms and friendship networks shape the educational outcomes of Asian Americans. A new focus of my work centers on understanding how widespread policing practices--like police stop-and-frisk--can isolate and exclude vulnerable populations like undocumented youth and Black/Latino youth using linked administrative data.

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. 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