Margaret M. Chin joined the Sociology Department of Hunter College in September of 2001 and in 2006 became a member of the faculty of The Graduate Center.
Margaret was born and raised in New York City and is herself a child of Chinese immigrant parents. She is currently a professor of sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center. Margaret received her B.A. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her publications include Stuck: Why Asian Americans Don’t Reach the Top of the Corporate Ladder
, an analysis of the need to understand how factors such as race and trust can hold second-generation Asian Americans back and the award-winning Sewing Women: Immigrants and the NYC Garment Industry
, an illuminating ethnography on the Chinese and Korean garment sectors. She is currently a faculty associate of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, and the Asian American Studies Center, both at Hunter College. She is also a member of the Asian / Asian American Research Institute
Margaret’s honors include an American Sociological Association’s Minority Fellows Award, an NSF Dissertation Grant, a Social Science Research Councils Postdoctoral Fellowship in International Migration, and a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship for junior faculty. She was the vice president of the Eastern Sociological Society (2015–2016). Her specialties include immigration, family, work, education, Asian Americans, and children of immigrants.
Her book Sewing Women: Immigrants and the NYC Garment Industry
received an honorable mention from the Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award committee of the International Migration Section of the ASA. She's currently working on a third book with Syed Ali (professor of Sociology at Long Island University), tentatively titled The Peer Effect: Building Better Schools and Better Workplaces
Recent articles and opinion pieces:
CommonWealth Magazine, September 2020 Attack Resumes on Racial Diversity in Higher Ed
Inside Higher Education, November 2019 Higher Ed needs more Affirmative Action Not Less
Medium, February 2019 Don't Fall for the Asian American Penalty Trap in College Admissions
The Daily News, February 2019 It's the Peer Effect
The Atlantic, June 2018 What's Going On with NYC's Elite Public High Schools ?
Contexts, July 2018/2016 Asian Americans, Bamboo Ceilings and Affirmative Action
The Society Pages, June 2018 Merit & the Admissions Debates at Harvard & Stuyvesant HS