Meet Tran Thu Doan, First Generation Scholar in the Profession

Tran Thu Doan is a PhD candidate in Health Services Organization and Policy in the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, Health Management and Policy Department. She is a Health Policy Research Scholar, a national leadership program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to build equity by investing in underrepresented scholars. Her vision is to translate health policy research into digestible information that people can really use. Before her doctoral program, she worked on the policy and advocacy team at AIDS United, a national HIV nonprofit based in Washington DC,  and on the development team at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, a 24/7 nonprofit Haiti hospital. Tran earned her MPH in Infectious Diseases and a Global Health Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned a BS in chemistry with honors from the University of Richmond. Tran was born in Southern California and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by a Vietnamese immigrant mother. She was the first in her family to graduate high school and complete an MA degree.  She states that she is “beyond grateful to the APSA Committee on the Status of First Generation Scholars in the Profession for not only selecting me as a grantee but also for choosing to invest in diverse students who are passionate about making a difference in our respective communities.”


About the APSA First Generation Scholar in the Profession Travel Reimbursement Grant
In 2015, the APSA Executive Council approved a new standing Committee on First Generation Higher Education Scholars in the Profession, parallel to the existing status committees on Asian-Pacific Americans, Blacks, Latinos y Latinas, LGBT Individuals, Women, Graduate Students, and Contingent Faculty in the Profession. The goal is to bring focused attention to the ways in which class, economic inequality, and mobility can affect political scientists’ ability to thrive educationally and professionally, perhaps throughout their careers. Learn more.