Yasmeen Abu-Laban



  • Fellow
  • Boundaries, Membership & Belonging


  • University of Alberta
Department of Political Science


  • Canada


PhD (Political Science) Carleton University
MA (Political Science) Carleton University
BA Honours (Political Science) University of Alberta


Yasmeen Abu-Laban is a political scientist whose published research comparatively addresses subjects relating to: ethnic and gender politics; nationalism, globalization and processes of racialization; immigration policies and politics; surveillance and border control; and multiculturalism and anti-racism.

Cutting across this work is a concern with how people are differentially accorded citizenship and human rights.

Her current research projects address xenophobic populism and backlash against minorities, immigrants, refugees and democratic values. 

Abu-Laban regularly works and communicates with policy-makers and community groups, as well as academic audiences.


Canada Research Chair in the Politics of Citizenship and Human Rights, 2018-

Vice President, International Political Science Association 2018-

President, Canadian Political Science Association 2016

Killam Annual Professorship, University of Alberta, 2013-2014

McCalla Research Professorship, University of Alberta, 2006-2007

American Political Science Association, Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section, Best Paper Award, 2000

Relevant Publications

"Recognition, Redistribution and Solidarity:  The Case of Multicultural Canada.” In John Erik Fossum, Riva Kastoryano and Birte Siim (eds).  Diversity and Contestations over Nationalism in Europe and Canada London:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2018: 237-262

“Representing a Diverse Canada in Political Science:  Power, Ideas and the Emergent Challenge of Reconciliation.”  European Political Science 15, 4 (December 2016):  493-507

“The Politics of Surveillance:  Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Ethics.” In Kirstie Ball, Kevin D. Haggerty and David Lyon (eds.),   Handbook of Surveillance Studies.  London and New York:  Routledge, 2012: 420-427.

“The Construction of the Geography of Immigration as a Policy Problem:  The United States and Canada Compared” (with Judith Garber). Urban Affairs Review 40, 4 (March 2005): 520-561.

Selling Diversity:  Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity and Globalization   (with Christina Gabriel) Peterborough: Broadview/University of Toronto Press, 2002.