Mark VanLandingham


Mark VanLandingham, PhD
Thomas C. Keller Professor
Department of Global Health Systems and Development
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2200
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: 504.988.2113
Fax: 504.988.3653 


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Research Interests:

Migration and Health; Immigrant Health; Disasters and Health; HIV/AIDS


Educational Background:

  • PhD, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
  • MPH, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • BA, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia

Professional Achievements:

  • 2013-2014, Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar
  • 2013, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (presented by the Student Government Association) 
  • 2010-2014, 2014-2018, Demography Editorial Board
  • 2005-2012, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Editorial Advisory Committee
  • 2010-2015, NIH/NICHD Social Sciences and Population Studies study section; grant review 
  • 2003-2007, NIH/NICHD Population Sciences study section; grant review
  • 2008, Fulbright Scholar, Hanoi School of Public Health
  • 2007- present, Thomas C. Keller Professor of Diversity
  • 2007-2012, Advisory Board, Social Science Research Council Evaluation of Health Investments in Vietnam
  • 2004-2007, 2008-2011, International Outreach Committee, Population Association of America
  • 2003- present, Tulane SPHTM Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee
  • 2003-2012, Foreign Academic Advisor, Thailand Royal Golden Jubilee Fund
  • 2001-2005, Board of Directors,  Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta
  • 1980-1982, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer; Thailand, fisheries

Selected Publications:

VanLandingham Mark. 2014. On the hard and soft sciences in public health. Public Health Reports 129(2): 124-126.

VanLandingham Mark. Forthcoming. Promoting teamwork, from within and from afar. In Dingwall, Robert, and Mary McDonnell (eds). The Handbook of Research Management. New York: Sage.

Nauman, Elizabeth, Mark VanLandingham, Philip Anglewicz, Umaporn Patthavanit, and Sureeporn Punpuing. Forthcoming. Rural-to-urban migration and changes in health among young adults in Thailand. Demography.  

Anglewicz, Philip, Mark VanLandingham, and Dusita Phuengsamran. Forthcoming. Rural-urban migration and sexual debut in Thailand. Demography.

Fu Hongyun and Mark VanLandingham. 2012. Mental health consequences of international migration for Vietnamese Americans and the mediating effect of social networks: Results from a natural experiment approach.  Demography 49(2): 393-424.

Yokota Fumihiko and Mark VanLandingham. 2013. Gender differences in stigma and community support among people living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand. In Liamputtong, Pranee (ed). Stigma, Discrimination and Living with HIV/AIDS: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. New York: Springer.

Vu Lung and Mark VanLandingham. 2012. Physical and mental health consequences of Katrina on Vietnamese immigrants in New Orleans: A pre and post-disaster assessment.  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 14(3):386-394.

VanLandingham Mark and Hongyun Fu. 2012. Migration and health in Southeast Asia. In Williams, Lindy and Philip Guest (eds). Demographic Change in Southeast Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University Southeast Asia Program Publications.

Carlin Kathleen, Alex Priebe, Caitlin Canfield, and Mark VanLandingham. 2012. Uống Nước Nhớ Nguồn  (When you drink from the spring, remember the source); a narrative of Vietnamese American resilience. In Mendenhall E and A Koon, eds. Environmental Health Narratives: A Reader for Youth. University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque, NM.

Fu, Hongyun and Mark VanLandingham. 2012. Disentangling the effects of migration, selection and acculturation on weight and body fat distribution: Results from a natural experiment involving Vietnamese Americans, returnees, and never-leavers. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 14(5): 786-796

VanLandingham, Mark. 2011. Opinion/Editorial: Making murder count. The New York Times, July 16, 2011.

VanLandingham, Mark, Hongyun Fu, and Dominique Meekers. 2011. HIV/AIDS and population. In Ritzer, George and J. Michael Ryan  (eds).  The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. Oxford: Blackwell Books.

VanLandingham, Mark. 2010. A second disaster tests Vietnamese American resilience on the Gulf Coast. Social Science Research Council’s Items and Issues 6(3).

Fu, Hongyun and Mark VanLandingham. 2010. Mental and physical health consequences of repatriation for Vietnamese returnees. Journal of Refugee Studies 23(2): 160-182.

Sastry, Narayan and Mark VanLandingham. 2009. Prevalence of and disparities in mental illness among pre-Katrina residents of New Orleans one year after Hurricane Katrina. American Journal of Public Health 99(S3): 725-731.

Vu, Lung, Mark VanLandingham, Mai Do, and Carl L. Bankston III. 2009. Evacuation and return of Vietnamese New Orleanians affected by Hurricane Katrina. Organization and Environment 22:  422-436.

Norris, Fran, Mark VanLandingham, and Lung Vu. 2009. PTSD in Vietnamese Americans following Hurricane Katrina: Prevalence, patterns, and predictors. Journal of Traumatic Stress 22-2: 91-101.

Do, Mai, Paul Hutchinson, Kathryn Mai, and Mark VanLandingham. 2009. Disparities in health care among Vietnamese New Orleanians and the impacts of Hurricane Katrina. Research in the Sociology of Health Care 27:301-319.

VanLandingham, Mark. 2007. Murder rates in New Orleans, 2004-2006. American Journal of Public Health 97(9): 1614-1616.

VanLandingham, Mark. 2006. Opinion/Editorial: ‘Divided’ images can warp city’s recovery. The Times-Picayune, April 17, 2006.

VanLandingham, Mark, Wassana Im-em, and Fumihiko Yokota. 2006. Access to treatment and care associated with HIV infection among members of AIDS support groups in Thailand. AIDS Care 18(7): 637-646. 

VanLandingham, Mark, Wassana Im-em, and Chanpen Saengtienchai. 2005. Community reaction to persons with HIV/AIDS and their parents in Thailand. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 46(4): 392-410.

Knodel, John and Mark VanLandingham. 2003. The impact of the AIDS epidemic on older persons. AIDS 16: S77-S83.

VanLandingham, Mark and Lea Trujillo. 2002. Recent changes in sexual attitudes, norms, and behaviors among unmarried Thai men: A qualitative analysis. International Family Planning Perspectives 28(1):6-15.

VanLandingham, Mark and Charles Hirschman. 2001. Population pressure and fertility in pre-transition Thailand. Population Studies 55:233-248.

Knodel, John and Mark VanLandingham. 2000. Editorial: Older persons as well as children are widely affected by the global AIDS epidemic. American Journal of Public Health 90(7): 1024-1026.

VanLandingham, Mark. 1999. Book review of Fadiman Anne. 1997. The spirit catches you and you fall down. A Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures. New York: The Noonday Press. Reviewed in the Journal of Immigrant Health 1(4):229-231.


Personal Statement:

Dr. VanLandingham is currently investigating the social antecedents and consequences of the AIDS epidemic in Thailand; rural-to-urban migration in Southeast Asia; the health of Vietnamese immigrants; and the social and health consequences of Hurricane Katrina for New Orleanians. VanLandingham has received major funding for his work from the National Institutes of Health, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. He teaches or has recently taught Population Studies, Qualitative Analysis, Comparative Health Behavior, and The HIV Epidemic in Southeast Asia.


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