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Mireille Paquet, Director
Mireille Paquet, 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.

Antoine Bilodeau, Co-Director
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, a senior research affiliate with the Canadian Network for research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS), and a member of the Center for Immigration Policy Evaluation.

Chedly Belkhodja, Co-Director
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, Co-Director
Daniel Salée, Co-Director

Daniel Salée (PhD Université de Montréal) is a professor in the department of Political Science at Concordia University and in the School of Community and Public Affairs. 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, Coordinator

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 academic year 2015/2016. Her academic interests include the integration of immigrants and minority groups, intercultural dialogue, and socio-economic inequalities.


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CIPE holds a monthly research workshop at the political science department.  All are welcome

Participants are invited to present work currently underway in an informal setting and will receive comments. It's an opportunity to learn, network and move the research on immigration forward. These interdisciplinary workshops aim at gathering and linking researchers and students whose interests and projects are related to immigration.


Winter 2017 Schedule


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

L'implantation d'une école musulmane chargée d'enseignement publique dans les banlieues françaises. Le cas de l'École Al Kindi à Lyon

Shintaro Namioka (Université de Montréal et Université Meiji Gakuin) 

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Room H-1120, Henry F. Hall Building (1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.)


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Influence of Social Media on the Integration and the Inclusion of Newcomers in Host Societies

Nadia Naffi (Concordia University) 

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm, Room H-1225.12, Henry F. Hall Building (1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.)


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Une anthropologie des politiques migratoires

Camille Thomas (Université de Montrél

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm, Room H-1225.12, Henry F. Hall Building (1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.)


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Presentations by MA students registered in Droit international : migrations et réfuge (UdeM)

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm, Room H-1225.12, Henry F. Hall Building (1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.)

Tala Strauss

Nikola Brassard-Dion, Visiting PhD Student

Nikola Brassard-Dion is a PhD student at the University of Ottawa's School of Political Studies and currently on assignment as a Senior Research Assistant at Employment and Social Development Canada's Labour Program. He visited CIPE during the Fall 2016 to conduct comparative research on Australia and Canada’s regional immigration programs. His research interests include the study of multiculturalism policies, comparative federalism, as well as the regulation of labour migration and religious rights. 

Sarah Monique Smith Chanona

Sarah-Monique Smith Chanona, Research Assistant

Sarah-Monique is completing a double major in Political Science and Human Environment at Concordia University. She is particularly interested in issues of environmental justice and political ecology and economy. The political situation in Canada and Quebec, along with her recent work with Dr Paquet, has added a focus on current events and ongoing issues of immigration.

Lindsay Larios

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.


Tala Strauss

Tala Strauss, Research Assistant

Tala Strauss is a current graduate student in the Master's in Public Policy and Public Administration program at Concordia University. As a South African who immigrated to Canada as a child and became a Canadian citizen in high school, she is interested in how transnational identity and migration affects the identity formation and integration of migrant children and youth and how governments respond to the contributions and needs of those members of their societies. She is particularly interested in US and Canadian policy on unaccompanied or separated children. 


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. 

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.


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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