Grace Tran
  • Kinder Scholar
  • Ph.D. Candidate, University of Toronto Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies

Grace (Kieu Trang) Tran is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellow. She is also currently a Visiting Scholar at Rice University’s Anthropology department. Grace’s advocacy, writing, and research interests stem from her experience working at an immigration law and consulting firm and the nexus of disruption, resettlement, opportunity, and overwhelm that shaped her parents’ own diasporic journey as Vietnamese refugees.

Grace is interested in constructions of belonging, gender, identity, and intimacy as they intersect with understandings of migration and citizenship. Her dissertation examines the legal regulation of transnational marriages, the transformative effects and social metamorphoses arising from formal immigration processes, and how intimacy, sexuality, marriage, and emotions are negotiated along and past state borders, with a cross-comparative focus on the Vietnamese community in Toronto, Ontario and Houston, Texas. Her work has been featured in the Toronto Star.