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Amy Hsin

Professor of Sociology, CUNY Queens College

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Hsin's research focuses on immigration, race/ethnicity, and higher education. She serves on the editorial board of Sociology of Education and is a founding member of Code Blue, a national grassroots organization working on electoral politics.

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Quoted by Kathleen Denny, Kei Nomaguchi and Melissa Milkie in "More Time isn’t Always Better for Your Kids," Washington Post, April 7, 2015.
Guest on Tell Me More, NPR, May 12, 2014.
Quoted by in "Revenge of the Tiger Mother," The Economist, May 5, 2014.
Quoted by Max Ehrenfreund in "Study Ties Hard Work to Asian Students’ Higher Grades. What’s Your Excuse?," Washington Post, March 4, 2014.


"The Higher Educational Trajectories of Undocumented Youth in New York City" (with Anna Nicole Kreisberg). Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 47, no. 17 (2020): 3822-3845.

Draws upon the education and immigrant illegality literature, as well as longitudinal administrative data on 35,400 college students, we examine the association between students’ legal status and their educational achievement, or GPA – an important predictor of educational attainment. Finds that, despite high achievement in high school and upon first enrolling in college, undocumented students do not experience upward achievement over time, otherwise known in the education literature as educational progression. 

"The Violence of Asylum: The Case of Undocumented Chinese Migration to the US" (with Sofya Aptekar). Social Forces (2021).

Contributes to the literature on migrant illegality in sociology that is primarily based on the experiences of Latinx migrants by highlighting the continuities and unique features of legal violence experienced by undocumented Chinese.

"The Effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on the Educational Outcomes of Undocumented Students," (with Frances Ortega), Institute of Labor Economics, 2017.

Estimates the effect of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on the educational attainment of undocumented college students.

"When Does Time Matter? Maternal Employment, Children's Time with Parents, and Child Development" Demography 51, no. 5 (2014): 1867-1894.

 Tests the two assumptions underlying popularly held notions that maternal employment negatively affects children because it reduces time spent with parents: (1) that maternal employment reduces children's time with parents, and (2) that time with parents affects child outcomes. 

"Explaining Asian Americans’ Academic Advantage over Whites" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, no. 23 (2014): 8416-8421.

Examines the relative role of cognitive skills, work ethic and family SES in explaining Asian American achievement.