I am a researcher and teacher at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, where I am the Associate Director of the Global Migration Lab. I am also a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University.
My work looks at the politics of migration. I am most interested in the interactions between state and regional migration policies and changes in irregular migration systems; global governance; and refugee integration.
My research is grounded in long-term fieldwork. I have spent several years trying to understand irregular migration systems by talking to migrants, refugees, policymakers, civil servants, NGOs, and security personnel throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Western Balkans, and Europe. My current SSHRC-funded project looks at irregular migration to Canada.
I believe it is important to contribute to public debates. I provide commentary for television, radio, and print journalism. I write op-eds and argue on Twitter. I have appeared several times before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, and regularly speak with policymakers in the Canadian federal government and international organizations.
I teach on Migration and Refugee Studies, International Relations, and European politics. My teaching philosophy is that students learn most when encouraged to think critically, engage with big debates, and consider the moral and political tensions in policy-making.
I am also the founder of Pairity, a data-driven platform to facilitate community-based refugee integration. Pairity builds on lessons I learned as a co-founder and Research Director at Together Project, a Canadian NGO that matched groups of volunteers with under-serviced refugees.
Politically, I'm worried about the decline of long-term thinking and failure to understand how rights and equality contribute to healthy political communities. I find inspiration in my students, mentors, and community.
Outside work I enjoy backcountry hiking, yoga, running, and sharing food and drink with friends and family.