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Mark J. VanLandingham, PhD

Professor; Thomas C. Keller Professor

Director of Center for Studies of Displaced Populations
2228 Tidewater
Mark Van Landingham

Education & Affiliations

PhD, Sociology, Princeton University
MPH, Population Planning and International Health, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
BA, Biology and Psychology, Mercer University (Magna Cum Laude)


Mark J. VanLandingham, PhD is the Thomas C. Keller Professor at Tulane University.  

Professor VanLandingham and Dr. Katherine Andrinopoulos co-teach the introductory course to the IHSD program each fall, IHSD 6340 Health Problems of Developing Societies. Dr. V teaches SBPS 7340 Population Mobility and Health in the spring. 

Regarding research, Dr. VanLandingham directs Tulane's Center for Studies of Displaced Populations (CSDP).  He currently leads teams focusing on rural-to-urban migration within Southeast Asia; disaster recovery; and acculturation, health and well-being among Vietnamese immigrants in the United States.  His recent book, Weathering Katrina, focuses on these latter two topics.

His office is 2228 Tidewater. 

Professor Mark VanLandingham enjoying dinner with friends and colleagues

Dr. VanLandingham with Tulane students and Thai colleagues in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

Research Areas

  • Population Studies
  • Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • Disaster Recovery 

Honors & Awards

  • 2021: President’s Award for Excellence in Professional and Graduate Teaching, Tulane University 
  • 2019: Matilda White Riley Distinguished Lecturer Award, NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
  • 2018: Dean E. Elaine Boston Award for Outstanding Long-Term Commitment to Student Needs, Tulane University SPHTM
  • 2013-14: Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation
  • 2008: Fulbright Scholar, Hanoi School of Public Health
  • 2007 - Present: Thomas C. Keller Professor, Tulane University SPHTM


Selected recent publications:

VanLandingham, Mark, Bonnie Bui, David Abramson, Sarah Friedman, and Rhae Cisneros. 2022. Health, Mortality, and Natural Disasters. In International Handbook on Population and Environment (Clark Gray and Lori Hunter, editors). Springer. 

Zhang, Mengxi, Mark VanLandingham, Yoon Soo Park, Phil Anglewicz, and David Abramson.  2021. Differences in post-disaster mental health among Vietnamese and African Americans living in adjacent communities flooded by Katrina. PLoS One

Bui, Bonnie, Philip Anglewicz, and Mark VanLandingham. 2021. The impact of early social support on subsequent health recovery after a major disaster: A longitudinal analysis. Social Science and Medicine – Population Health.  

Pendley, Sofia, Mark VanLandingham, Ngoc Pham, and Mai Do. 2021. Resilience within Communities of Forced Migrants: State-of-the-Art and the Path Forward. Journal on Migration and Human Security.

Kaji, Aiko; Mark VanLandingham; Philip Anglewicz; and Mai Do. 2021. Trajectories of post-disaster recovery in healthcare access for a major refugee enclave: Vietnamese Americans in post-Katrina New Orleans. Journal of Refugee Studies.

VanLandingham, Mark and Annie L. Glover. 2019. Opinion/Editorial: Better health care is key to abortion decline. The Advocate, March 28, 2019.

VanLandingham, Mark. 2017. Weathering Katrina: Culture and Recovery among Vietnamese-Americans. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation. Weathering Katrina

VanLandingham, Mark. 2015. Opinion/Editorial: Post-Katrina, Vietnamese Success.  Sunday Review; Gray Matter. The New York Times, August 14, 2015.

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

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

Stroud, Joshua, Mark VanLandingham, and Philip Anglewicz.  2016. Development, demographic processes, and public health. In Hooks, Gregory, editor. Handbook of Development Sociology. Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Nauman, Elizabeth, Mark VanLandingham, Philip Anglewicz, Umaporn Patthavanit, and Sureeporn Punpuing. 2015. Rural-to-urban migration and changes in health among young adults in Thailand. Demography. 52(1): 233-259.

VanLandingham, Mark. 2015. Promoting teamwork, from within and from afar. In Dingwall, Robert, and Mary McDonnell (eds). The Handbook of Research Management. London: Sage.

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.

View Dr. VanLandingham's other publications at his NCBI profile page.


IHSD 6240 Health Problems of Developing Societies