Grad Students

Andrew N. Le

Contact Information

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I am a doctoral candidate interested in international migration, specifically its environmental causes and its social and economic consequences.

My dissertation explores contemporary labor migration in Vietnam. I detail the various migratory options available to individuals in trying to answer why and how they move abroad. 

My other works detail the consequences of migration in different contexts. I explore assimilation outcomes of Vietnamese-Americans, the persistence of ethnicity at a 100-year-old Japanese-America Buddhist Temple (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2018), and the makings of a new Vietnamese immigrant destination in Trinidad and Tobago.

My research sites include: Los Angeles, Seattle, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Fields of Study

International Migration, Political Economy, Religion, and Comparative Ethnicity, Race, and Nationalism


Le, Andrew N. 2018. Episodic ethnicity: a case study of a Japanese Buddhist temple. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 1-18.

Review of Hung Cam Thai, Insufficient Funds: The Culture of Money in Low-Wage Transnational Families, Palo Alto: Stanford University Press. 2017. Social Forces. 95(4): e36.

Grants and Awards

Notable Awards

  • Taiwan Studies Lectureship Graduate Fellowship, Asia Institute, UCLA, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19
  • Teaching Assistant Award, UCLA, 2017-18
  • Professor Harry H. L. Kitano Graduate Prize, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA, 2016-17
  • Ben & Alice Hirano Academic Prize, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2015-16
  • Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship, UCLA, 2015-16 (with Dr. Edward Walker)
  • Graduate Research Summer Mentorship, UCLA, Summer 2015 (with Dr. Rogers Brubaker)
  • Alternate and Honorable Mention, Ford Predoctoral Fellowship, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2015
  • Marvin Hoffenberg Research Fellow, UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy, 2014-2015
  • UCLA Eugene Cota Robles Fellow, 2014-2019
  • J. William Fulbright Scholar, Trinidad and Tobago, 2012-2013
  • ASA Asia and Asian America Section Graduate Student Paper Award, 2011
    -“Destiny of the Poor: The Transnational Migration of Vietnamese Laborers to Trinidad and Tobago”
  • Charles A. Dana Scholar, St. Lawrence University, 2010
    - Recognizing academic achievement and leadership in the college community


Roger Waldinger (chair), Rogers Brubaker, Gail Kligman, Edward Walker & George Dutton (UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies)



M.A., The University of British Columbia
Department of Sociology, 2012
-Thesis: “Assimilating through Social Networks? The Importance of Networks in Assimilation Trajectories”
-Committee: Amy Hanser (Co-Supervisor), Wendy Roth (Co-Supervisor), Neil Gross                                  

B.A., St. Lawrence University
Department of Sociology and Asian Studies, 2010

Visiting Scholar
University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2017- current
The National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2016- current
The Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies- St. Augustine, 2012-13

Visiting Student
East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, 2009
University of the West Indies- St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, 2008