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Mireille Paquet
Mireille Paquet, Co-Director

Mireille Paquet (PhD Université de Montréal) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University. She studies public policies for immigrant selection and immigrant integration in Canada and in other traditional immigrant-receiving societies. Her current work focuses on the governance of immigration and integration policies in federal regimes (Canada, United States and Australia), with a specific attention to the activism and activities of subnational units. Dr. Paquet is also conducting research on public administration and immigration, and is especially interested in the role of public servant in the formulation of immigrant selection policies. In 2017-2018, she is the William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow of the Canada Program at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Antoine Bilodeau
Antoine Bilodeau, Co-Director

Antoine Bilodeau (PhD University of Toronto) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University. His research focuses on the political integration of immigrants in Canada and other Western democracies and on understanding the roots of views toward immigration and ethnic diversity. He is the leader of the Provincial Diversity Project. Dr. Bilodeau is also a member of the steering committee for the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship and a senior research affiliate with the Canadian Network for research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS).

Chedly Belkohdja
Chedly Belkhodja, Co-Director

Chedly Belkhodja (PhD Université de Montesquieu) is the Principal and a Professor at the School of Community and Public Affairs. Since 1996, he has been teaching at the department of Political Science at l’Université de Moncton, where he was also chair for two terms. From 2006 to 2012, he was the director of the Atlantic Metropolis Centre and he is currently a Co-Investigator in the pan-Canadian Pathways to Prosperity Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership. Dr. Belkhodja’s research focuses on immigration policies and mobility of migrants in the case of less common destinations. He is also interested in the processes of integration and inclusion.

Daniel Salée
Daniel Salée, Co-Director

Daniel Salée (PhD Université de Montréal) is a Professor and the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Political Science as well as a Professor in the School of Community and Public Affairs at Concordia University. His research focusses on the politics of ethnicity and citizenship in the Canadian and Quebec contexts, with a particular emphasis on Indigenous peoples/settler state relations, the state management of ethnocultural diversity, and the processes of otherization and marginalization of racialized minorities. He is also interested in Quebec nationalism, Quebec political culture and federal-provincial relations in Canada. He is a founding member of DIALOG - le réseau québécois d'échange sur les questions autochtones – as well as a member of the Chaire de recherche sur l'immigration, l'ethnicité et la citoyenneté (CRIEC) at l’Université du Québec à Montréal.

Eunbyul Park

Eunbyul Park, Coordinator

Eunbyul Park is a B.A. student double majoring in Political Science and in Community, Public Affairs, and Policy Studies at Concordia University. She was also a UofMosaic Fellow during the year 2015-2016. Her academic interests include the effects of technological innovations of public policy, democracy, and socio-political inequalities. 


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Sule Tomkinson

Sule Tomkinson, Affiliated Researcher

Sule Tomkinson is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Université Laval. In 2015-2016, Dr. Tomkinson completed her postdoctoral research at the Institute for Policy and Social Research, University of Kansas and held a visiting scholar position at the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University.

Her research combines a theoretical focus on administration of justice, tribunals, human rights adjudication, and front-line judgment with a focus on Canada. Taking an interdisciplinary and ethnographic approach, Dr. Tomkinson's research interests are at the intersection of public administration, political science, and law and society– making connections between different disciplines with the aim of producing research that is both theoretically engaged and policy relevant. Her scholarship takes law as a social force, among others, that shape and constrain decision-making by administrative tribunals. Her book manuscript “Knocking on Canada’s door: refugee decision-making at the front lines” is under contract with the University of British Columbia Press.



Luna Vives, Affiliated Researcher

Luna Vives is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Université de Montréal. As a political geographer, she is interested in the use of public policy to discriminate against marginalized populations, and in particular against racialized groups. Much of her research has focused on the development of the European Union’s southern anti-immigration border. More specifically, she has analyzed the geopolitical and gender implications of the border implemented to stop migration from Western Africa to Spain, the impact of restrictive immigration policies on the parenting strategies of Senegalese migrant mothers, and the role of migrants and smugglers in shaping EU border policy. Currently, Luna is developing a more comprehensive analysis of the Mediterranean border that compares the evolution of anti-immigration measures along the western, central, and eastern migration routes. This will be the foundation for a future project on the impact these measures have had, and continue to have, on the migration of unaccompanied migrant children.

Luna is member of the ACME editorial collective and co-founder of the Young Canadian Research Network on Migration.


Nalini Mohabir, Affiliated Researcher

Nalini Mohabir is an Assistant Professor specialized in postcolonial migrations at Concordia University, in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment. Before her academic career, she worked in community development with an emphasis on fostering spaces of dialogue where we can ‘be together,’ while acknowledging differences in history, power, and privilege that have accumulated advantage for some, and disadvantage for others. This interest continues in her research, which focuses on decolonization and diaspora, as mutually informing ideas. Her aim is to produce ‘empathy-driven’ historical geographies that expand the dialogue around the space in which lives are tied together, while revisiting those movements and moments at which they seem to drift apart.


Gada Mahrouse, Affiliated Researcher

Gada Mahrouse (PhD University of Toronto) is an Associate Professor at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University. Her research and teaching focus on critical race studies, cultural studies, transnational feminist and postcolonial theories. Her book Conflicted commitments: Race, privilege and power in transnational solidarity activism (McGill Queens University Press, 2014) won the Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes Outstanding Scholarship Prize in 2016.

Dr. Mahrouse completed my PhD in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto. Her doctoral research explored anti-racist challenges to transnational direct action solidarity movements. Building on this, she has also conducted research on political, educational, ethical and/or “alternative” tourism.  Other areas of her research include humanitarian, social justice and awareness-raising campaigns. Dr. Mahrouse has also researched and written about interculturalism, multiculturalism, and accommodation of differences in Quebec and Canada. Her current research interests, in their early stages of development, include refugee resettlement and humanitarian responses to forced migration.

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Nadia Naffi

Nadia Naffi, Affiliated Researcher

Nadia Naffi is a PhD candidate in education (with a focus on educational technology) at Concordia University in Montreal and one of its Public Scholars for the 2017/2018 academic year. Her SSHRC funded research focuses on online transnational interactions about the Syrian refugee crisis after terror attacks, how Canadian youth construe them and predict their role in the offline integration and inclusion of Syrian refugees in Canada. Her study constitutes a first step towards the development of recommendations that aim to inform policy makers and help governmental and non-governmental representatives, social workers and key leaders and players in educational settings to better intervene and create learning and training programs that focus on facilitating the inclusion and the integration of newcomers, such as the Syrian refugees, in a context where the potential presence of these newcomers is construed through social media.

She is also a part-time teaching faculty at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), a performance consultant, an instructional designer and a consultant in the development of online courses, with over twenty years of experience working in educational settings. She specializes in the design of synchronous and asynchronous training and interactive learning in a problem-based learning approach.



Leif Schenstead-Harris, Affiliated Researcher

Leif Schenstead-Harris (PhD University of Western Ontario) is pursuing a Master's in Public Policy and Public Administration through Concordia's Department of Political Science. In the past, he has worked on questions of postcolonialism, globalization and form in contemporary world literatures. His current research debts are made out to migration & immigration studies, the Anthropocene, and poetry.


Sara Gasparello, Research Assistant

Sara Gasparello is an undergraduate political science honours student at Concordia University. Her past experience includes working as a junior investigator at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada as well as a legal intern at Pratt & Whitney Canada.  She is currently in her last year of undergraduate study and working as a teaching and research assistant at Concordia. 



Clayton Ma, Research Assistant

Clayton Ma majored in history and political science at McGill University. He is currently a MAstudent in political science at Concordia University. Born in Montréal as a child of Bill 101, he often faced questions regarding his identity and as well as conflicts between his cultural heritage and that of the Canadian and Québec host societies. His experiences led him to study these issues with a focus on public opinion, electoral behavior, and immigration. His research specifically pertains to the processes of integration among ethnic minorities in Scotland and in Québec as well as to the socio-political attitudes toward the Scottish and Québec nationalist movements.



Samuel Proulx-Chénard, Research Assistant

Samuel Proulx-Chénard is a MA student in political science at Concordia University, with a focus on immigration policy. He majored in political science in an international oriented program at l’Université Laval twined with l’Université Saint-Louis à Bruxelles, where he became interested in European institutions and in Belgian federalism. With a background in political sociology, his research interests reside in the immigration selection processes, economic and humanitarian immigration, political culture, socio-political comparative analysis based on geographic areas, as well as political anthropology.



Lindsay Larios, Research Assistant

Lindsay Larios is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University, where she is pursuing a specialization in public policy. She has a strong background in community research and holds a Masters in Social Work from McGill University. His current research interests include gender and social justice in relation to labor migration.



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