Graduate Research Fellows

AKBARI-DIBAVAR, AYTAK  
     
PhD Candidate  

Political Science, York University

 

Research Interests Aytak Akbari-Dibavar is a PhD student at the department of Political Science at York University majoring in International Relations and Women and Politics. As a 2016 Trudeau Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow Aytak’s research investigates the trans-generational transmission of political trauma in authoritarian states where public debate and discussion are impossible. Her hypothesis is that survivors of state violence transmit their trauma to their children through private, familial mechanisms that cohere to produce a collective political identity in the subsequent generation that can be traced in that generation’s organizing and activism.
  Email aytakd@gmail.com
     
ANDERSON, MELISSA  
     
PhD Candidate  

Socio-Legal Studies, York University

 

Research Interests Melissa Anderson is a second year PhD student in Socio-Legal Studies at York University. Her research interests span legal geography, illegalized migration, sanctuary cities, urban politics, transnational human rights, and intergovernmental jurisdiction. Her dissertation research titled ‘Legislating Sanctuary: Imagined and Materialized Healthcare for Non-Status Migrants in Canada-Spain-Germany’, explores the ways in which contradictions in legal jurisdiction threaten the application of human rights to non-status migrants. Melissa is a past recipient of SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship (2015-2016), and a current recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2017-2018; 2018-2019).
  Email m.melissa.anders@gmail.com
     
BDIWI, GHUNA  
       
PhD Candidate   Osgoode Hall Law School, York University  
Research Interests Ghuna Bdiwi is a Syrian human rights lawyer and a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School – York University. Her research interests are in the many facets including: international law, international human rights, international criminal law, R2P, transitional justice, refugee and migration, and legal theory, with an intensive concentration on the current situation in Syria and the Middle East. Ghuna received many awards during her professional and academic journey, such as the 2016 John Peters Humphrey Fellowship in International Human Rights form the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL), and the 2015 Graduate Fellowship form the Nathanson Center on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security – York University.  In addition to her academic achievements, Ghuna has been acknowledged for her advocacy work in defending human rights in Syria. In 2015 Ghuna has received the International Human Rights award from the International Center for Human Rights in Canada.
  Email gmbdiwe@hotmail.com
     
CARLAW, JOHN  
       
PhD Candidate  

Political Science, York University

 

Research Interests Immigration and Refugee Policy, Migration, Political Economy, Political Parties, Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Development, Citizenship and Democracy, Political Economy of Latin America
  Email jcarlaw.yorku@gmail.com
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DUALE, MOHAMED  
       
PhD Candidate   Faculty of Education, York University
Research Interests Mohamed Duale is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Education – Language, Culture and Teaching at the Faculty of Education, York University. His doctoral research focuses on Somali refugee youth in the Dadaab Refugee Camps of northeastern Kenya. Mohamed is also affiliated with the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project and is a mentor to refugee teachers in Dadaab. He has a Master’s and Bachelor’s of Political Science from York University and a Bachelor of Education from OISE, University of Toronto.  His Master’s Thesis, “A Critical Analysis of the U.N. Peacekeeping Missions to Somalia, 1992-95,” explored the politics of humanitarian intervention and peacekeeping in the post-Cold War era.
  Email Mohamed_Duale@edu.yorku.ca
     
EL DARDIRY, GIULIA  
       
PhD Candidate   Anthropology, McGill University
Research Interests Giulia El Dardiry is a PhD candidate in cultural anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. Her research interests include the anthropology of the Middle East, Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf; refugees and migration; political economy; citizenship and belonging; health and healthcare policy; and psychological anthropology. Her doctoral thesis explores the dynamics of Iraqi and Syrian displacement into Jordan, with specific attention to how home and belonging were being reconfigured and reimagined among refugee and host communities alike. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked in health research and international development in various countries, including Greece, Lebanon and Jordan. Giulia hold a MHSc in Health Promotion from the University of Toronto and a BA in Anthropology and Hispanic Studies from McGill University.
  Email giulia.eldardiry@mail.mcgill.ca
     
ERDILMEN, MERVE  
     
PhD Candidate  

Political Science, McGill University

 

Research Interests

Merve Erdilmen is a Ph.D student in Political Science with Gender Studies Specialization at McGill University. Merve holds an MA in Political Science from McGill University and studied philosophy and sociology at the Middle East Technical University and Sciences Po Paris for her undergraduate studies. She holds Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship for 2016-2017. Her research interests include humanitarianism, refugee governance, gender-based asylum, urban refugees, and the role of state-non-state actors in refugee management in the Middle East. Her current project aims to understand the ways in which varying norms and readings of humanitarianism affect humanitarian operations and the state-non-state relations in the management of urban refugees in Turkey.  

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  Email merve.erdilmen@mail.mcgill.ca
     
GORDON, MICHAEL  
     
PhD Candidate  

Political Science, McMaster University

 

  Research Interests Irregular migration, border policy and security regimes
  Email gordom3@mcmaster.ca
     
JUDGE, NEIL  
     
MPhil Candidate   Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
 
  Research Interests Refugees and refugee policy, Canadian politics and society, Political Science
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OZGEN, AYSEGUL  
     
PhD Candidate  

 Department of Sociology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY

 

Research Interests

Aysegul Balta Ozgen  is a Ph.D. candidate and instructor in the Department of Sociology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her overall research program focuses on the intersection of international migration, integration, and policymaking. Her dissertation is currently titled: The Impact of Immigration Policies on Syrian Refugees’ Integration Experiences: A Comparative Analysis of Canada, Germany, Turkey, and the United States.

Publication:

Balta, Aysegul. 2014. “The Role of NGOs in the Europeanization of the Asylum System in Turkey.” Pp. 165-224 in Migration, Asylum, and Refugees in Turkey: Studies in Control of Population at the Southeastern Borders of the EU, edited by N. O. Baklacioglu and Y. Ozer. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press.

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PAYNE, WILLIAM  
     
PhD Candidate   Geography, York University
Research Interests Feminist geopolitics, Queer theory, Gender, Sexuality, Violence, Militarization
  Email wpayne@yorku.ca
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TAHA, DINA
 
     
PhD Candidate   Sociology, York University
Research Interests Dina Taha is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at York University. Her research interests include Critical Forced Migration and Refugee discourses, Postcolonial Feminism, Gender in the Middle East, Victimhood and victimization, Refugee agency and survival strategies. Her dissertation explores Female Syrian Refugees survival mechanisms in Egypt.
  Email dinataha@yorku.ca
     
WEIMA, YOLANDA
 
     
PhD Candidate   Geography, York University
Research Interests Yolanda Weima is a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at York University. Her research interests include repatriation (to Burundi) and naturalization (in Tanzania) of former Burundian refugees; refugee and returnee transnationalisms; critical geographies of uneven development; social reproduction; geographies of peace and conflict; subaltern, post-colonial, and feminist geopolitics. Her dissertation is currently titled: From camps to villages and war to peace?: Former Burundian refugees experiences of (re)gaining citizenship in Burundi and Tanzania (Funded: SSHRC Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela)
  Email weima@yorku.ca