Fifi Haile

Fikir Haile

Doctoral Candidate (Program Complete) | Graduating Spring 2024


Political Studies

Doctoral Candidate (Program Complete) | Graduating Spring 2024

Brief Biography

Fikir is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Studies, specializing in International Relations and Political Theory. Fikir's research interests lie at the intersection of International Political Economy, African politics, and socio-environmental transformations. More specifically, Fikir studies the governance challenges associated with rapid urban expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation employs a critical lens to examine the multi-scalar governance of urban expansion and uncover its highly uneven consequences. 

Fikir completed her Bachelor of Arts (with high distinction) at the University of Toronto with a double-major in Political Science and Sociology, and a minor in African Studies. She holds a Master's degree in Global Development Studies from Queen's University. 


  • Dean's Doctoral Field Travel Grant (2022)
  • Timothy C.S. Franks Travel Award (2022) 
  • Political Studies Department Research Award (2021)
  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship (2020-2023) 
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2019-2020)
  • Queen's Graduate Award (2019-2020)
  • R. Samuel McLaughlin Fellowship (2018-2019) 

Teaching Experience 

  • POLS 457 - Issues in Global Justice: Forced Migration (Teaching Fellow)
  • POLS 483 - Justice and Gender (Teaching Fellow, Winter 2023) 
  • POLS 262 - International Political Economy (Teaching Assistant, 2022; 2020)
  • POLS 261 - Introduction to International Relations (TA, 2021; 2019) 
  • POLS 242 - Comparative Politics (TA, 2021)
  • POLS 243 - States, Diversity & Conflict (TA, 2020) 
  • DEVS 100 - Canada and the "Third World" (Head TA, 2020-2021; TA, 2018-2019)

Selected Publications

Fikir G. Haile (2023) Everyday Practices of State Building in Ethiopia: Power, Scale, Performativity, The Journal of Development Studies, DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2023.2275411

Fikir Haile (2023) Africa in IPE theorization: exclusion, oversight, and Eurocentrism in the field’s past and future, Review of International Political Economy,  DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2023.2231474

Fikir Haile (2023) Displaced for housing: analysing the uneven outcomes of the Addis Ababa Integrated Housing Development Program, Urban Geography,  DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2023.2227511

Berman, Rachel & Abawi, Zuhra & Butler, Alana & Escayg, Kerry-Ann & Haile, Fikir & Daniel, Beverly-Jean & Royer, Natalie. (2022). Give Race Its Place: An Anti-racism Knowledge-sharing Initiative for Early Childhood Educators in Ontario. Give Race Its Place: An Anti-racism Knowledge sharing Initiative for Early Childhood Educators in Ontario

Haile, F. G. (2022). [Review of the book Decolonizing Politics: An Introduction by R. Shilliam]. Political Studies Review. Advance online publication.