Nhat An’s research focuses on social mobility and the transmission of socio-economic inequalities from one generation to the next. She is interested in understanding the role of institutions and the welfare state in shaping intergenerational mobility processes over time in European countries. In her thesis, she analyses how different kinds of labour market institutions influence labour market outcomes and employment trajectories of individuals from different social origins and how this interacts with the educational system. Her further research interests include transitions from school to work, methods of longitudinal analysis and multi-level modelling as well as theories of justice and the normative underpinnings of social stratification research.
Nhat An studied philosophy and economics at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. She holds a MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Her master's thesis "Decreasing inequality, increasing mobility: What is the role of labour market policy in intergenerational earnings mobility?" received the George Smith Award for the best thesis in 2016.