Yining Tan

Assistant Professor of Practice

Yining Tan is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Tan’s foci of research are urban geography, human mobility, highly-skilled international migration and transnational connections. Her dissertation develops a capital-mobility framework and employs intersectionality theory to examine the impacts of skilled U.S. migrants’ capital and intentionality on both (cross-border and everyday) spatial mobility as well as occupational and social mobility in China. Beyond the dissertation, she also worked on research that addresses the challenge of how to make cities more equitable in economic development, urban built environment, and socio-cultural integration. Her work has been published in journals including Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Asian Geographer, International Migration, and International Development Policy.   

Yining Tan obtained her bachelor’s degree from Sun Yat-sen University in China, a Master of Planning degree from University of Southern California, and will be awarded a doctoral degree in geography from Arizona State University.