About me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at McGill University in Montreal. Previous stops on my international academic journey through Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany include Queen’s University (BA Hons), the University of Glasgow (undergraduate exchange), the University of Guelph (MA), the Ruhr University of Bochum (MA) and the University of Toronto (PhD).

My research activities focus on the following issues:

  • immigration policy and the boundaries of national belonging;
  • the place of culture in political institutions and policy making;
  • state categorization practices (e.g. ethnic classifications in official statistics and legal categories created by immigration policies) and their role in producing social inequality; and
  • the reciprocal relationship between ethnic identities and deliberation (understood as a particular form of political communication emphasizing inclusion and reason giving).

My work has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, International MigrationInternational Migration Review, the Journal of International Migration and Integration, Sociological Forum and Sociology.

Currently, I am working on two projects that focus on the role of immigration bureaucracies in immigration control:
1) “Determining the Role of Immigration Bureaucrats in Immigration Control: A Historical Case Study of Canada, 1952-1979.” SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2017-2020.
2) “Immigration Bureaucrats and Immigration Control: Multi-Level Migration Management in Germany, 1955-1965.” FRQSC Research Support for New Academics Grant, 2018-2021.

My two working languages are English and German, and my non-academic interests include travel, theatre, and public transit systems (particularly train and subway networks like the ones in my banner pictures*).

* Pictures from my journeys currently in rotation: Yokohama Station, Japan; Airport Express terminal at Beijing Capital International Airport, China; Cowell Subway Station in Toronto, Canada; Place Saint Henri Metro Station in Montréal, Canada; and the Glasgow Subway in Glasgow, Scotland.


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