Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Abu-Laban.gifYasmeen Abu-Laban

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
University of Alberta

Research Statement (37 kB)

Yasmeen Abu-Laban is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. Dr. Abu-Laban received her Ph.D. from Carleton University in 1996. She was a Visiting Scholar (2004-2005) at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, and a McCalla Research Professor (2006-2007) at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Abu-Laban's research interests centre on the Canadian and comparative dimensions of gender and ethnic politics, nationalism, globalization and processes of racialization, immigration policies and politics, and citizenship theory.

She has published over forty articles, book chapters and reviews including in such journals as Urban Affairs Review, International Politics, Citizenship Studies, The Canadian Journal of Political Science, The International Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Public Policy, and Canadian Ethnic Studies. She is the co-author (with Christina Gabriel) of Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity and Globalization (2002) and is currently completing an edited volume on gender and the nation-state, as well as a co-edited volume on North American politics.


  • Canadian and comparative dimensions of gender and ethnic politics
  • Nationalism, globalization and processes of racialization
  • Immigration policies and politics
  • Citizenship theory
  • Gender and the nation-state
  • Gender and representation of ethnocultural and visible minorities in party politics (Canada)
  • Role of the media in shaping views about minorities and politics (including Muslim-Canadians)
  • Mexican immigration to the United States