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Are you a York grad student who is studying a topic or issue related to migration?  If  so, we would like to promote your work on the Migration Matters blog!  
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 Anh Ngo

Anh Ngo is a PhD Candidate at the School of Social Work, York University. Her dissertation aims to understand the means in which the immigrant is productive to the larger hegemonic state. Anh’s research will interrogate how the Canadian national identity is constituted by the Vietnamese subjectivity at local sites of reproduction. Anh currently volunteers at a local immigrant serving non-profit organization assisting community based research and evaluation.

Heather Donald

Heather Donald is a Masters student at York University in the Graduate Program in Development Studies. Her OGS-funded thesis explores access to higher education for refugees in Malawi using qualitative interviews and oral histories from Dzaleka Refugee Camp. Her research also examines the possibilities for knowledge production and spaces of expression for asylum-seeker and refugee students in camp settings, and the opportunities they present for development actors. Similarly, she is interested the interaction between mixed migration flows and country of first asylum in a developing state context. Heather is also a Teaching Assistant for African Studies, and she is involved with a number of local level initiatives for newcomers to Canada.

Nikolina Postic

Nikolina Postic is a Masters student in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. Her SSHRC-funded thesis uses a feminist political economy framework to explore how the increasing presence of volunteerism is connected to the reshaping of conditions of paid work, and the implications this holds for both those looking to enter and those already in the paid workforce. She is also a Research Assistant on a SSHRC-funded project entitled, ‘Worked to Death,’ which examines patterns of economic security among aging immigrant families.


Ferzana Chaze

Ferzana is a PhD Candidate at the School of Social Work, York University. Her research interests are in immigrant settlement and on their inclusion and integration in Canadian society. Ferzana’s dissertation focuses on the settlement experiences of South Asian immigrant women and the manner in which these experiences shape their mothering work in Canada.  As a research coordinator at Ryerson University she has coordinated research and knowledge mobilization projects related to immigrant settlement and integration. Ferzana currently teaches an online course in “Settlement Experiences” at the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. She volunteers on the Board of an immigrant serving non-profit organization in the Peel region and also owns and moderates an online self-help group for immigrant parents in Canada.   A list of her publications focussed on immigrant issues can be found at


Jolin Joseph

PhD candidate at the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s studies. Her research focuses on South Asian migrant workers in the Arabian Gulf, particularly gender differentials in labour market outcomes, citizenship and migration status. She examines the trajectories and lived experience of migrant domestic workers through the lens of precarity, liminal (il)legality and agency. She is also interested in a feminist IPE persepctive on migration policy and questions of temporary migration and governmentality. Her background is in political economy, graduating from the University of Warwick, UK (MA) and Stella Maris College, India (BA). Joseph is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Development Studies, India and has worked on projects and published in the area of gendered migration flows and South-South migration in India, Saudi Arabia and UAE.