Grace Tran

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PhD student, 2014
Tel: 416.946.5318

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Research Interests

Law and (Im)migration; Citizenship and Refugees; Transformative Effects of Immigration Processes; the Legal Regulation of Sexuality, Morality, and Intimacy


“What’s Love Got to Do With It?”: The Legal Regulations of Transnational Marriage and Policing of ‘Marriage Fraud’ in Canada

Supervisors: Audrey Macklin and Mariana Valverde


University of Toronto – B.A. (Honours), English Literature Studies and Criminology & Sociolegal Studies (Double Major)

University of Toronto – M.A., Criminology & Sociolegal Studies


Grace Tran is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies. As the daughter of two former Vietnamese ‘boatpeople’ refugees, Grace’s advocacy work, writing, and research interests stem from both her background in creative writing and the nexus of disruption, resettlement, opportunity, and overwhelm that informed her own parents’ diasporic narratives. She is interested in the various ways in which citizenship, immigration, and identity intersect along lines of class and gender, as well as along circuits of inclusion and exclusion. Grace’s dissertation explores the legal regulation of transnational marriages, the transformative effects of immigration law and processes, and how intimacy, sexuality, marriage, and emotions are negotiated along and past state borders.


Mariana Valverde, Jacqueline Briggs, Grace Tran, and Matthew Montevirgen. (Under Submission to Environment and Planning A). “Universities as Urban Developers in the Age of ‘the Art of the Deal.”


“‘How the Wedding Cake Crumbles’: Negotiations of Marriage, Sex, and Intimacy along the Canadian Border.” Sexuality and Borders Symposium, 2019, New York City

“What’s Love Got to Do with It: Presentations and Negotiations of “Real” and “Authentic” Marriages Along and Beyond the Canadian Border.” Poster Presentation. International Studies’ Association 60th Annual Meeting, 2019, Toronto

“Lessons from the Past: A Historical Examination of the Indochinese (1979-81) Refugee Resettlement in Canada and its Implications for Contemporary Syrian Refugee Resettlement.” Law and Society 2017 Annual Meeting, Mexico City

Administrative Service

Co-Coordinator and Organizer – “Surveillance, Resistance, and [In]Justice in a Time of Unrest” Criminology Graduate Conference, University of Toronto, 2017