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

Abu-Laban Y. (2018) Recognition, re-distribution and solidarity: The case of multicultural Canada. In: Fossum J., Kastoryano R., Siim B. (eds), Diversity and contestations over nationalism in Europe and Canada. Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology (pp. 237-262). Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Abu-Laban, Y. (2016). Representing a diverse Canada in political science:  Power, ideas and the emergent challenge of reconciliation. European Political Science, 15(4), 493-507.

Abu-Laban, Y. (2012). The politics of surveillance:  Civil liberties, human rights and ethics. In K. Ball, K.D. Haggerty, & D. Lyon (eds.), Handbook of Surveillance Studies (pp. 420-427).  London and New York:  Routledge.

Abu-Laban, Y. & Garber, J. (2005). The construction of the geography of immigration as a policy problem:  The United States and Canada compared. Urban Affairs Review, 40(4), 520-561.

Abu-Laban, Y. & Gabriel , C. (2002). Selling diversity:  Immigration, multiculturalism, employment equity and globalization. Peterborough: Broadview/University of Toronto Press.