Professor Min Zhou, director of the UCLA Asia Pacific Center and the Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in U.S.-China Relations and Communications, has been selected to receive the 2017 Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association on International Migration. The award recognizes her extensive and outstanding record of groundbreaking research, her professional leadership and her generous mentorship of junior scholars.

As a foundational scholar and one of the most highly regarded sociologists on international migration, she has contributed to shaping some of the key questions in the field and discipline.

Zhou has published 17 books and more than 180 journal articles and book chapters. In 2016, she received book awards from three separate ASA Sections for her recent work, co-authored with Jennifer Lee, “The Asian American Achievement Paradox” (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2015): the Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award of the Section on International Migration, the Book Award of the Section on Asia and Asian America, and the Pierre Bourdieu Award for Outstanding Book from Sociology of Education Section.

Professor Zhou’s current research concerns immigration and social transformation in the Pacific Rim; relationships and racial attitudes among Chinese locals and African merchants in Guangzhou, China; Chinese immigrant transnationalism; and highly skilled Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles and Singapore.