My research focuses on how immigration and citizenship policies reflect and reconfigure boundaries of national belonging in liberal-democratic states. My book, Becoming Multicultural: Immigration and the Politics of Membership in Canada and Germany (University of British Columbia Press, 2012), explores the liberalization of immigration and citizenship policies (and consequent expansion of membership boundaries) in Canada and Germany, paying particular attention to the interplay of shifting global norms and domestic politics. I have published articles in this area in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the Review of International Studies, Social Research, German Politics and Society and the Journal of Historical Sociology.

I have also compared the integration of Muslim immigrants in Germany and the Netherlands with Professor Anna Korteweg (Department of Sociology, University of Toronto).  Our work explores both how integration is defined by political actors and how debates over the reconciliation of contending rights, such as religious freedom and gender equality, shape the politics of immigration, integration and citizenship policy.  Our work has appeared in the journals Social Politics and Ethnic and Racial Studies.

I am currently exploring debates over the institutional accommodation of Muslim immigrants in Canada and Germany.  I am particularly interested in how public schools and other core institutions respond to requests for accommodation by Muslims and other religious minorities.