Sanjay Jeram

Senior Lecturer
Political Science

Areas of interest

Research and Supervision Fields:


-Politics of Immigration and Diversity
-Canadian and Provincial Politics
-Far-Right Parties and Movements
-Pedagogy and Teaching Practice

Teaching Streams:

-Diversity and Migration
-Public Policy and Democratic Governance
-Research Methods and Analysis


  • BA (honours), University of Toronto
  • MA, Western University
  • PhD, University of Toronto


My past research examined why regional nationalist parties have treated the issues of immigration and diversity in very different ways. As part of this research, I spent several months completing fieldwork in Spain and was a visiting scholar at the University of the Basque Country. I continue to be interested in how conceptions of the nation (i.e., “who are we?”) influence the orientations of political parties and citizens in various policy domains. I have collaborated with colleagues to explore this matter in the Canadian context from different angles (i.e., healthcare, federalism, and the party system) using different methodologies.

As teaching is my primary responsibility, I spend most of my time designing and delivering courses that inspire student interest in politics while developing their research and writing skills. I have earned grants for research on “active learning” in methods classes and the effectiveness of group-based learning in large lecture classes.

I enjoy teaching students at all levels but my primary focus is on lower division undergraduate courses. Introduction to Politics and Government (POL 100) and Investigating Politics (POL 200W) continue to be my primary courses and I look forward to teaching courses on Canadian Government and Politics (POL 221/222) and Canadian Federalism (POL 321) in the future.

Please see my website to find my teaching evaluations, publications and more information about my research. I provide frequent media commentary on Canadian political issues and elections, so do not hesitate to contact me.

I will be on study leave from 1 September 2022 until 31 August 2023 and therefore not teaching any courses during the Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 terms.


2020. “The Two Solitudes of Canadian Nativism: Explaining the Absence of a Competitive Anti-Immigration Party in Canada.” Nations & Nationalism 26 (4): 902-922 (with Joshua Gordon & Clifton van der Linden).

2019. “Intergovernmental Relations on Immigrant Integration in Canada: Insights from Quebec, Manitoba, and Ontario.” Regional & Federal Studies 29 (5): 613-633 (with Eleni Nicolaides).

2017. “Despite the Crisis: The Resilience of Intercultural Nationalism in Catalonia.” International Migration 55 (2): 53-67 (with Daniele Conversi).

2017. “Striking a Balance: The Battle for Euskara in a Diversifying Basque Country,” in D. Tabachnik and L. Bradshaw (eds.), Citizenship and Multiculturalism in Western Liberal Democracies (Lanham: Lexington Books), 159-177.

2016. “Looking Forward into the Past: Partido Nacionalista Vasco and the Immigrant Question in the Basque Country.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42 (8): 1087-1100.

2016. “Friends or Foes? Migrants and Sub-state Nationalists in Europe.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42 (8): 1059-1071 (with A. van der Zwet and V. Wisthaler).

2015. “Diversity and Nationalism in the Basque Country and Flanders: Understanding Immigrants as Fellow Minorities,” National Identities 17 (3): 241-257 (with I. Adam)

2014. “The True North Strong and Free Healthcare? Nationalism and Attitudes Towards Private Healthcare Options in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 47 (3): 569-595 (with Yannick Dufresne and Alexandre Pelletier).

2013. “Immigrants and the Basque Nation: Diversity as a New Marker of Identity,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36 (11): 1770-1788.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.