Research My work integrates the study of immigration with the study of race by examining settlement and discrimination related challenges faced by Middle Eastern-heritage immigrants in North America.
My research findings elaborate on theories of social acceptance, assimilation, and racialization by empirically documenting and analyzing the paradoxical reception of Middle Eastern migrants as welcome-compatible/unwelcome-incompatible in the Canadian and American polity. Taken as a whole, my research program directly addresses policy efforts meant to create more inclusive, healthy, and just societies.
Pluralist methodological training and experience shapes my research program: I use ethnography, interviews, surveys, and experimental methods.
My first major project, on Iranians and race in the U.S., has yielded 3 sole-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and a sole-authored book (published September 2017) with Stanford University Press.
I have two newly-funded research projects that extend my research on race and immigration into social policy and health/wellness contexts:
a SSHRC/IRCC and Connaught-funded pilot study of parenting and integration stress among Syrian newcomers to Toronto (with Drs. Melissa Milkie and Ito Peng and a team of 4 graduate and 6 undergraduate students);
mapping "Middle Eastern" as a liminal racial category using social movement methods (with Erik Love) and racial/ethnic boundaries in the U.S. more broadly using experimental methods (with Ariela Schachter and René Flores).
Teaching At UofT, I teach an MA/PhD seminar on the Soc of Race (Summer 2018); a 3rd-year undergrad course on Soc of Migration and a 2nd-year undergrad course on research design (Winter 2018).
Background My MA/PhD (2012) is in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and my BA (2004) is in Sociology from Smith College, where I helped recruit the largest cohort of Pell Grant recipients of any liberal arts college in the U.S. (2004-6) after graduation as a member of the Multicultural Recruitment Team. Before beginning at UofT, I was a Center for Faculty Diversity (CFD) Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-3).
I live in Toronto with my partner, Clayton Childress (also a sociologist!), and our 3-year-old daughter.