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
"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.