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Work Experience

Nov 2022-Present

Executive Director & Principal Investigator 

I founded Pairity with close friends and colleagues to address what we think are mutually-reinforcing social and policy challenges around refugee resettlement. We facilitate adoption and growth community sponsorship programs, which create richer mutual integration; help scale and optimize those programs by using data-driven tools to make high quality matches between sponsors and newcomers; and conduct rigorous monitoring and evaluation to inform better policy.     

Sep 2020-Nov 2022

Senior Research Associate
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration & Integration 
Toronto Metropolitan University 

I helped lead CERC's research programme on "Governance of Global Migration", with a focus on Canada's role in global migration governance, drivers and policy influences on irregular migration, and access to justice in the Canadian asylum system, as well as various short term research projects. 

Sep 2017-Dec 2019

Associate Director, Global Migration Lab

Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

The Global Migration Lab serves as a hub for the University of Toronto’s migration expertise. I was responsible for launching the lab upon completing my PhD. I coordinate research and financial development, partnerships, and student engagement. I also organized out Global Migration Challenges speaker series, and represent the lab at national and international fora.  

Sep 2016-Aug 2020 

Course Instructor, Department of Political Science & Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

I taught graduate and fourth year undergrad seminars on International Relations, Migration Studies, and Refugee Studies. 

Sep 2017 - Present

Research Affiliate, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

CRS hosts my SSHRC-funded research on access to justice for refugee claimants, and previously hosted my SSHRC Insight Development Grant project on understanding the drivers of irregular migration to Canada. 


Independent Consultant / Researcher

Consultancies for the UNHCR, UN Security Council; European Commission; Canadian Federal Government; UN Women; and several NGOs and civil society groups. 

Sep 2016 - Nov 2017

Research Director, Together Project, Toronto

In 2016 I co-founded and was the Research Director of Together Project, which matches groups of volunteers to under-serviced Government-Assisted Refugees. From a research perspective, we sought to test hypotheses that access to social networks leads to better integration outcomes for refugees.

Sep 2009- Aug 2017

Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Political Science, University of Toronto 

I taught over 1200 students during my PhD. TAs are responsible for running weekly small-group tutorials, grading, course logistics, and working with students to develop research and writing skills. See my Teaching page for more information.

Sep 2008 - Aug 2009

Policy Researcher, Innovation Policy Branch, Transport Canada, Ottawa

Primary responsibility was overseeing and conducting research on OECD country innovation policy.


Sep 2009 - Aug 2017

PhD in Political Science, University of Toronto 

Field Exams in International Relations & Development Studies. Thesis Committee: Professors Steven Bernstein, Randall Hansen, and Phil Tridafilopoulos.


Dissertation: “Malignant Europeanization: Schengen, Irregular Migration Governance, & Insecurity on Europe’s Peripheries.” Thesis successfully defended with no revisions. See my Research page for a detailed project description.  

Sep 2007 - Aug 2008

MSc in Social Science, University of Amsterdam

Concentration in Global Governance & Conflict Resolution. Thesis: “Perpetual Impermanence: The Dual Separation of Palestinian Refugees from Refugee Studies and the Refugee Regime” under Reinoud Leenders.

Sep 2005 - Aug 2007

Hons BA, Peace & Conflict Studies / Political Science, Univ. of Toronto

Specialist degree in Peace & Conflict Studies, with additional major in Political Science. Thesis Topic: Historical/Philosophical Dialectics and Narratives of Middle Eastern Conflict

Sep 2001 - Aug 2005

BA, Philosophy & History, University of Ottawa

I enrolled as a mature student at the age of 22, having previously worked as a tradesperson. It was during this degree I learned to think and write. 

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