Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Triadafilopoulos.jpgPhil Triadafilopoulos

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
University of Toronto
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Phil Triadafilopoulos is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the School of Public Policy and Governance. He received his PhD in Political Science for the New School for Social Research and is a former Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow. He also held a two-year visiting research fellowship at the Institute for Social Sciences at Humboldt University through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Professor Triadafilopoulos' research interests include comparative public policy, international migration, and ethnicity and nationalism. His current research focuses on how immigration and citizenship policies shape boundaries of national belonging in liberal-democratic states. Professor Triadafilopoulos is currently completing a book titled Becoming Multicultural: Immigration and the Politics of Citizenship in Canada and Germany. The book explores the liberalization of immigration and citizenship policies (and consequent expansion of membership boundaries) in Canada and Germany, paying particular attention to the interplay of shifting global norms and domestic politics. It will be published by the University of British Columbia Press in 2010.

Triadafilopoulos has also published articles on subjects germane to the EDG?s research agenda in the Review of International Studies, German Politics and Society, the Journal of Historical Sociology, Citizenship Studies, Society, and the Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans. Articles are also forthcoming in a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on "The Limits of the Liberal State," which he co-edited with Fiona Adamson (SOAS) and Aristide Zolberg (New School for Social Research).

Professor Triadafilopoulos' ongoing projects include:

- an edited collection of essays on the politics of highly skilled immigration policy, titled Wanted and Welcome - Highly Skilled Immigration Policies in Europe and North America

- an edited collection of essays marking the tenth anniversary of Germany's 1999 citizenship reform to be published inGerman Politics in Society

- a short book on Canadian immigration policy for the University of Toronto Press

- article length papers on: non-citizen voting in Canada; the role of party politics in Canadian immigration policy-making; and citizenship politics and policy in Germany

Professor Triadafilopoulos is also involved in a collaborative research project with Professor Anna Korteweg (Department of Sociology, UTM) on immigrant integration policies in Germany and the Netherlands. Professors Triadafilopoulos and Korteweg are especially interested in exploring how rights to religious freedom, gender equality and privacy intersect and sometimes clash in debates over immigrant integration. They have completed two stints of field research in both countries and presented their preliminary findings at international conferences. Professors Triadafilopoulos and Korteweg are presently preparing article length papers drawing on their research for publication.


  • Canadian political parties' handling of immigration issues
  • Immigrant integration politics and policy-making in Europe and North America
  • Immigration and the politics of citizenship in Canada and Germany; population transfer and the quest for stability in Europe
  • Political consequences of forced population transfers - refugee incorporation in Greece and West Germany