Here you can get a general feel for my research and read about my ongoing projects. 

Sep 2018 - Present

Understanding Emergent Irregular Migration Systems to Canada

I am the Principal Investigator of a Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant, awarded to outstanding early-career scholars. The project is housed at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, and supported logistically by the Global Migration Lab at the Munk School. This two-year project investigates the emergence of large-scale irregular migration to Canada in the Spring of 2017. Since then, over 40,000 people have walked over the border from the United States, with significant effects on Canadian politics. 

The project asks about the effects of US policy change on irregular migration systems, people's route choices, the role of smugglers and traffickers, and how these change migrants' decision-making logics. Methodologically, we are developing a large dataset based on interviews with ~350 asylum seekers who've walked over the border to Canada since 2017, as well as several dozen expert interviews with politicians, civil servants, volunteers, and frontline service providers. 

Jan 2018 - Present

Data-Driven Interventions for Measuring the Effects of Social Networks on Refugee Integration in Europe

I am a Co-Investigator on an interdisciplinary team piloting an intervention to match volunteer groups with refugee newcomers in the Netherlands, where we are partnered with Justice & Peace's Samen Hier programme. Using the Pairity matching platform, our pilot is designed as a randomized control trial. 

After twelve months, end-line surveys will measure the outcomes along these same variables. Data analysis will measure correlations between changes and match characteristics, as well as life experiences as a result of matching. These outcomes will be used to measure the treatment effect and inform weighting of variables in our algorithm to optimize matching.

Sep 2011 - June 2016

The Security Effects of European Migration Governance

My doctoral thesis, “Malignant Europeanization: Schengen, Irregular Migration Governance, & Insecurity on Europe’s Peripheries” is based on original data from three years of field research in the Middle East, North Africa, Western Balkans, and throughout Europe, particularly with EU personnel in Brussels. Field research entailed interviews with several hundred migrants and refugees, security-sector personnel, NGOs, activists, civil servants, and everyday people living along migration routes.  My thesis develops the concept of "Malign Europeanization" to describe the negative security effects and regressive practices and norms resulting from European regional integration


During my PhD I was a visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University of Cairo throughout 2013, and at the Department of International Relations at Hebrew University throughout 2011 and 2012. My research was supported by $70,000 in grants from the Canadian International Development Research Council, German DAAD, and Department of Political Science, Centre for Jewish Studies, Centre for European, Russian, & Eurasian Studies, and School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto.