Research Since July 2015, I have been Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. My research integrates the study of race with the study of immigration by examining settlement and discrimination related challenges faced by Middle Eastern and North African (MENA)-heritage immigrants in North America.
In 2018, I was awarded the Province of Ontario's Early Researcher Award ($140,000) and a 2018-2023 SSHRC Insight Grant ($349,649) as Principle Investigator on a new study with Syrian refugees in Toronto.
Pluralist methodological training and experience shapes my broad research program: I use ethnography, interviews, and surveys. I engage with theories of assimilation and racialization by empirically documenting and analyzing the paradoxical reception of MENA migrants as welcome-compatible/unwelcome-incompatible in the Canadian and American polity.
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. Two projects on-the-go extend my research on race and immigration into new areas:
Principal Investigator on a new, 5-year longitudinal study of integration-related stress among Syrian refugee newcomers to Toronto (with co-investigators, Drs. Melissa Milkie and Ito Peng, and a team of 4 graduate and 6 undergraduate students);
An experimental survey gauging racial/ethnic boundaries in the U.S. (with Ariela Schachter and René Flores).
Taken as a whole, my research program directly addresses policy efforts meant to create more inclusive, healthy, and just societies.
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 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 4-year-old daughter.