Integration Policies, Social Networks and the Political Participation of Immigrants
Sara Pavan is interested in what polities with large and diverse immigrant populations can do in order to facilitate their political integration. Her research project looks comparatively at the effects of different integration policy contexts on the political engagement of immigrants in Toronto, Ontario and San Jose, California. It also analyzes the relations between different configurations of immigrants' social networks and political participation.
Sara is conducting a survey study based on a structured questionnaire, which investigates individual exposure to immigrant integration policies, the composition of immigrants' social networks, political participation, trust and self-efficacy. She has completed the first part of her comparative survey study with 270 first-, 1.5- and second-generation immigrants from India and El Salvador in the Greater Toronto Area. She is currently administering the second part of the research project in the San Jose/Silicon Valley Area. Sara's project is run in three languages: English, Spanish and Hindi.
Sara's research is supervised by Dr. Keith Banting (Policy Studies and Political Studies) and Dr. Fiona Kay (Sociology). Sara is currently a Visiting Student Researcher with the Canadian Studies Programme of the University of California, Berkeley. In 2012, Sara was an Ontario Visiting Graduate Student at the Department of Sociology of the University of Toronto.Sara is a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar and a Trudeau Scholar. In 2013, she also received the Mandelbaum Award for Excellence in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. In addition to her academic pursuits, Sara also worked as a Graduate Student Advisor for the Society of Graduate and Professional Students at Queen's University. She received training in conflict resolution and negotiation skills as well as cross-cultural communication.