Sanjay Jeram

Undergraduate Program Chair and Senior Lecturer

Political Science

Sanjay Jeram

Undergraduate Program Chair and Senior Lecturer

Political Science

Education

  • Honours B.A., University of Toronto
  • M.A., Western University
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto

Research and Supervision Fields

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

Teaching Streams

  • Diversity & Migration
  • Public Policy & Democratic Governance
  • Research Methods & Analysis

Biography

My doctoral research examined why regional governments under the control of a “separatist” party have managed immigration and diversity in very different ways. As part of this research, I spent several months completing fieldwork in the Spanish autonomous regions of the Basque Country and Catalonia. I continue to be interested in how different understandings of “who we are” influence political parties’ discourse and policy related to immigration and diversity. Recently, I have shifted to primarily study these issues in the Canadian context, publishing articles on the absence of a competitive Canadian “far-right” anti-immigrant party and the consequences of growing provincial involvement in immigration and settlement policy in Canada.

As teaching is my primary responsibility, I spend most of my time and energy designing and delivering courses that inspire student interest in politics while developing their research and writing skills. I aspire to strike the right balance between integrating technology into my courses while still emphasizing core skills such as critical reading and good writing. To date, I have received two teaching-related grants: one to study “active learning” in a research methods course (POL 200) and another (with Clare McGovern) to improve and tailor teaching assistant training for political science courses. Please see my personal 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.

Sample Publications

  • 2019. “The Two Solitudes of Canadian Nativism: Explaining the Absence of a Competitive Anti-Immigration Party in Canada.” Nations & Nationalism. https://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12570: 1-21 (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).
  • 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.
  • 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).