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Members of the Chair

From letf to right: Christine Paré, Seong-gee Um, Patricia Garcia, Jane Jenson, Rachel Sarrasin, Andrew Dawson, Cem Utku Duyulmus, Martin Papillon, Kaisa Vuoristo, Mireille Paquet.



Kaisa Vuoristo, PhD. candidate


Kaisa Vuoristo is a Ph.D. candidate preparing a joint degree in the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal and in the Doctoral School of Practical Sciences (EDSP) at the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France). She holds a B.A. (2009) and an M.A. (2010) in political science from the University of Helsinki (Finland). Her M.A. thesis "Beyond Identity: The Islamic Veil as a Marker of Political Frontiers in the French Debates of 2004" (in Finnish) received the Award for the Best Master’s Thesis in Political Science (2009–2010) attributed by the Finnish Political Science Association. In addition to being affiliated with the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance, Kaisa is a member of the Institute for Social sciences of Politics (ISP, ENS Cachan) and of the International Research Training Group (IRTG) "Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces" jointly organized by the Universität Trier, the Universität des Saarlandes and the Université de Montréal. She is the recipient of a doctoral research allocation from the Institut Émilie du Châtelet and the Île-de-France region.

Kaisa has specialized in political theory and public policy, and her research interests include discourse theory and analysis, antidiscrimination, intersectionality, and the politics of gender and ethnicity. Her doctoral dissertation (under the supervision of Jane Jenson and Claire de Galembert) examines the framing of the intersection of race and gender in French antidiscrimination.

Kaisa can be contacted at:

Pavillon Lionel-Groulx (suite C-3116)

(+01-514-) 343-6111, extension 1260


Maroine Bendaoud, PhD Candidate

He currently holds a three-year scholarship from FRQSC to pursue his doctorate in Political Science at the Université de Montréal. He also received a bursary from the research network Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue. His thesis examines the reorganization of the social housing sector in Canada in the context of the federal government’s disengagement. The research will follow a comparative approach, focusing on the cases of Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.

His research primarily focuses on social policy reforms of recent decades. He is interested in the analysis of political ideas, political institutions and the groups that influence them, with a particular interest in the concrete policies that result. He is also interested in the impact of policy on living conditions.



Nordin Lazreg, PhD Candidate

Nordin Lazreg is a doctoral student in political science at the Université de Montréal.

His undergraduate degree is in political science from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and his MA is from Sciences po, Paris.  His research interests are in the field of comparative politics and public policy, with a focus on Latin America. His thesis research addresses the role of transnational actors in the diffusion of an alternative model of public security in Latin America. This is the model of citizen security (seguridad ciudadana).


Ahmed Hamila, Ph.D. candidate, Université de Montréal and Université Libre de Bruxelles

Ahmed Hamila is Ph.D. candidate preparing a joint degree in the Department of political science at Université de Montréal and in the Institute of sociology at Université Libre de Bruxelles. He holds an undergraduate degree in Law and Political Science from the Université Lumière-Lyon II (2012 – highest honours) and an M.A. in Political Science from Université de Montréal (2013). His Masters thesis examined the representation – in effect the under-representation – of ethnic minorities in France throughout the Fifth Republic, from 1958 until the present.

Ahmed has specialized in Public policy and Comparative politics, and his research interests include the European Union, asylum policies, the politics of integration, management of diversity and citizenship theory. His thesis deals with the europeanization of asylum policies in a comparative perspective.

He currently holds a scholarship from the Department of political science of Université de Montréal and he is the President of the Young Researchers Network of the European Community Studies Association – Canada.

Ahmed can be contacted at:

Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, suite C-4052

Rue Jean-Brillant, Montréal QC H3T 1N8






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