Concordia University Research Chair on the New Politics of Immigration Mireille Paquet’s research examines the transformation of immigration policies and politics in Quebec, Canada, Australia and North America. Her work departs from the contemporary cannons of immigration studies in political science that have focused on the politics of immigration (e.g. electoral dynamics and public opinion). Instead, she aims to document the crucial role of a large set of actors that are usually skirted over by traditional accounts (e.g. provinces, public administrations and bureaucrats, local politicians and service providers).
Catherine Xhardez is currently an FWO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). With her research project entitled “The immigration-federalism nexus: Taking the subnational level seriously”, she is conducting a comparative research agenda focusing on dynamics of immigration policymaking at the subnational level in federal states. From January 2019 to October 2020, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Concordia University (Canada) and she was part of the CSPI and ÉRIQA. Dr. Xhardez holds a dual PhD in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris and Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles. She graduated in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris and in Law from the VUB. More generally, her research focuses on immigration, immigrant integration, federalism, and (comparative) public policy. www.catherinexhardez.com@CathXhardez
Lindsay Larios is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University, where she is pursuing a specialization in public policy. She has a background in community research and holds a Masters in Social Work from McGill University. Broadly, her research interests have included issues of gender and social justice in relation to migration in the Canadian context. Her current project as a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Fellow focuses on precarious migration as an issue of reproductive justice and the radical potential of re-imagining citizenship and im/migration policy through the lens of care ethics.
Mariève Deschamps-Band is a PhD Student in political Science at Concordia University. She holds a BA in International Development Studies and a MA in Geography. Her MA thesis investigated the medical tourism industry in Cuba. She is currently involved in research projects on France-Quebec immigration. Her doctoral research focuses on the evolution of notions of deservingness in Canadian immigration policy, with a specific focus on crisis episodes and with public health concerns.
Catherine has completed her Bachelor's degree in International Studies at the University of Montreal and began her Master's degree in Political Science at the Concordia University this fall. Her research interests revolve around immigration policies of selection and integration. She plans on doing her master's thesis on the political relation between the Ministry of immigration of Québec and the civic organizations regarding the implementation of integration policies for newcomers. She also works at Service Canada with the General Director's office of the Citizen Service Branch. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Dominic Lachance-Royer is a master’s student in political science at Concordia University. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Quebec at Montreal. His research interest includes migration control and technologies in North America and Europe. Dominic’s MA thesis documents the evolution of the mobilization surrounding climate migration and its impact on state policy. He coordinates the Chair’s reading group
Noémie Benoit is a master’s student in political science at Concordia University. She also holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the Université du Québec à Montréal with a specialization in gender studies. Her work focuses on migration experiences motivated and influenced by gender and sexual orientation, as well as on how the United States and Canada process asylum claims from queer individuals. She is particularly interested in the relation between national and normative frontiers, which police both the migrants’ motility and identities. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Cassandre Gratton is a master’s student in political science at Concordia University. She holds a BA with a double major in communication and community and public affairs from Concordia University. Her MA research focuses on political parties and immigration in Quebec and she is also involved in research projects on France-Quebec immigration. She is the recipient of a research fellowship from l’Équipe de recherche sur l’immigration au Québec et ailleurs.
Suparna Barai Honours student in the Department of Political Science, with a minor in Immigration Studies She wants to pursue higher studies in the field of im/migration policy-making, and looks forward to contributing in the realm of International Development by reforming immigration policies that could bring an overarching solution and political stability in different communities around the world. Her other research interests are comparative identity politics, human rights and politics in Indian Subcontinent.
Lydia Risi, Senior Director of Operations and Philantropy - First Nations and Inuit Communities at Fusion Jeunesse
Tristan Masson, Parliamentary Internship Programme and Cambridge University
Abdullah El-Safadi, Public Health Agency of Canada