Nga Than
PhD Student
Sociology Program
City University of New York - The Graduate Center

Nga Than is a Ph.D student in the Sociology program at City University of New York – The Graduate Center. Her research interests are in international migration, entrepreneurship, work & occupations, computational social science, and consumption. Her research has received support the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Taiwan's Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, CUNY - Doctoral Student Research Grant. Currently, she is in the process of writing a dissertation proposal, focusing on how technological changes affect work relations in contemporary work place. She was born and raised in Vietnam.

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Research


Vietnamese Female Marriage Migrants in Taiwan: This research investigates the adaptation strategies of female marriage migrants, who marry Taiwanese men, and resettle in Taiwan. It asks the questions: what factors influence their adaptation? what are the obstacles? what helps them get integrated into the mainstream society?

Artisanal Food Entrepreneurs in New York's New Economy: Using the cultural production approach, we look at how cultural products (in this case artisanal food items) are created, distributed, and advertised.

Content Creators: This research study examines the people, practices, and social relations that determine the success of content creation enterprises on Web 2.0 platforms. We are studying bloggers, podcasters, Instragrammers, YouTubers, and other content creators as media entrepreneurs in a new and growing part of the culture industry. We want to know how they get ideas, create content, connect with audiences, and sustain themselves as ongoing enterprises.

Platform-Mediated Work Management: This research examines online discourses generated by gig workers. We use computational social science techniques to analyze a large corpus of textual data.

Selected Publications


2019. Review of A Place to Call Home: Immigrant Exclusion and Urban Belonging in New York, Paris, and Barcelona, by E. Castañeda. Canadian Journal of Sociology, 44(2), 199-202. [Link]

Manuscripts in Progress


Review of the book The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany, by C. Miller-Idriss. European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.

“What is the Alt-right Thinking” (Article, with Friederike Windel, and Diane Yoong)

“Visualizing Urban Sociology Concepts” (Article)

“Becoming “New immigrants” - The Case of Vietnamese Marriage Migrants in Taiwan.” (Article)