Tianjian Lai

Tianjian Lai

Graduate Student

Email: tianjian0lai@ucla.edu


Degrees

  • C.Phil. Sociology, UCLA, 2020
  • M.A. Sociology, UCLA, 2018
  • B.A. Sociology (with honors) and minor in Latin American Studies, The University of Chicago, 2016

Fields of Study

International Migration, Legal Status, Health, Social Stratification, Youth Development

Publications

  • Lai, Tianjian, Nathan I. Hoffmann, and Roger Waldinger. 2022. “When Fear Spreads: Individual- and Group-Level Predictors of Deportation Worry among Latino Immigrants.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  • Park, Sung S., Tianjian Lai, and Roger Waldinger. 2022. “Unequal Ties: Immigrants’ Initial Social Capital and Labor Market Stratification.” Social Forces 101(1):473-505.
  • Lai, Tianjian. 2021. “Legal Exclusion, Civic Exclusion: How Legal Status Stratifies Latino Immigrants’ Civic Engagement.” International Migration Review 55(1):195-226.
  • Lai, Tianjian and Grace Kao. 2018. “Hit, Robbed, and Put Down (but not Bullied): Underreporting of Bullying by Minority and Male Students.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 47(3):619-635.

Awards & Grants

  • UCLA Initiative to Study Hate Research Grant (2022)
  • Center for Growth and Opportunity Research Grant (2022)
  • Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2021-2022)
  • National Science Foundation INTERN Fellowship (2021)
  • UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration Research Stipend (2020)
  • Visiting Fellowship, The French Institute for Demographic Studies (2020)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide Fellowship (2019)
  • Visiting Fellowship, Sciences Po LIEPP (2019)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2016-2021)
  • UCLA Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award (2016-2018)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, The University of Chicago (2016)

Conference Presentations

  • “How Citizenship Denial Shapes Immigrants’ Citizenship Enactment: Evidence from French Data.” Impact of Immigration Status on Migration Behavior session at the Population Association of America Annual Conference (online). 2021.
  • “Legal Status, Selectivity, and Immigrant Integration.” Immigrant Adaptation Across Multiple Contexts session at the Population Association of America Annual Conference, Washington, DC. 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19).
  • “Hit, Robbed, and Put Down (but not Bullied): Underreporting of Bullying by Minority and Male Students.” Schooling and Healthy Development session at the Population Association of America Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. 2017.

Advisors

  • Roger Waldinger
  • Ruben Hernandez-Leon
  • Ka-Yuet Liu
  • Grace Kao (Yale University)