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Biography

I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at Université Laval. In 2015-2016, I completed postdoctoral research at the Institute for Policy and Social Research, University of Kansas and held a visiting scholar position at the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University.

My research combines a theoretical focus on administration of justice, tribunals, human rights adjudication, and front-line judgment with a focus on Canada. Taking an interdisciplinary and ethnographic approach, my research interests are at the intersection of public administration, political science, and law and society– making connections between different disciplines with the aim of producing research that is both theoretically engaged and policy relevant. My scholarship takes law as a social force, among others, that shape and constrain decision-making by administrative tribunals. My book manuscript “Knocking on Canada’s door: refugee decision-making at the front lines” is under contract with the University of British Columbia Press. I serve on the editorial board of Politiques & Sociétés.

I completed my Ph.D. in Political Science at Université de Montréal. My dissertation provides a vivid portrait and assessment of Canada’s refugee status determination system. This research is based on the first administrative ethnography of refugee hearings in Canada. It has been awarded the 2017 Vincent Lemieux Prize for the best Ph.D. thesis defended at a Canadian Institution by the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) as well as the  University of Montreal’s Pierre Le François Award for the best dissertation defended in the Department of Political Science in 2014-2015.

I also hold an MA degree in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from University of Essex completed with a Chevening Scholarship of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and a B.A. degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University.

Academic Positions

  • Fall2015

    Visiting Scholar

    School of Public Policy and Administration, York University

  • 20162015

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Institute for Policy and Social Research, University of Kansas

  • Winter2014

    Instructor

    Qualitative Methods

Education

  • Ph.D. 2010-2015

    Ph.D. Political Science

    Université de Montréal

  • MA 2006-2007

    MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights

    University of Essex

  • B.A. 2002-2006

    Political Science and Public Administration

    Bilkent University