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Anjanette Chan Tack is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago and the Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African and African American Studies. Anjanette's research interests include race/ethnicity, gender, immigration, urban sociology, health, and spatial analytics. 

A first-generation immigrant, Anjanette was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She migrated to the United States as a teenager. Anjanette earned a BA magna cum laude in Biochemical Science from Harvard University, a BA with first-class honors in Social and Political Science from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an MA with honors in Sociology from the University of Chicago. 

Anjanette studies both how racial categories are constructed and transformed, and how race produces inequalities, particularly in urban environments. Intellectually, Anjanette's research unites sociology's tradition of rigorous empirics and mid-range theorizing with epistemological standpoints emerging from Africana Studies and from post-colonial, intersectional, and transnational/Global South scholarship.


Anjanette's dissertation research, which uses immigrant incorporation to shed light on America's changing racial dynamics, has won awards from the ASA Ethnic and Racial Minorities section, the ASA Gender, Race, and Class section, and the SSSP Ethnic and Racial Minorities section. Her work has also been recognized twice by the SSSP Section on Community Research and Development, and by fellowships from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and Harvard University.

Anjanette's research on health, spatial methods, spatial inequalities in urban neighborhoods, and urban violence has been published in venues like Sociological Science, among others.

Prior to graduate school, Anjanette held positions in public health and international development, executing projects in India, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, and Latin America. While working with HIV/AIDS Alliance International, Anjanette produced the first study highlighting the challenges faced by India's HIV/AIDS-affected orphans. Click here to learn more about Anjanette's work. 

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