Grace Tran

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PhD student, 2014

Fish Sauce in Honey Jars: Personal Blog 

Research Interests

Sociolegal Theory, Immigration, Citizenship; Regulation of Sexuality and Morality.


“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. Student at the Centre for Criminology. As the daughter of two former Vietnamese ‘boatpeople’ refugees, Grace’s research interests are shaped and inspired by her family’s own diasporic narrative and experiences, as well as her background in creative writing. 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 examines the legal regulation of transnational marriages, the policing for “marriage fraud,” 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.”


“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