PhD, London School of Economics
MSc, London School of Economics
BA, McGill University
Human Rights, Religion, Politics, Secularism, Gender, Religion, politics and law
In my research I am interested in thinking about the relationship between politics, religion, gender and law in and beyond Canada. In my first book I document the work of activists fighting headscarf bans in France and Turkey (Refashioning Secularisms in France and Turkey. The case of the headscarf ban. Routledge, 2014 (paperback, 2016). In recent years, I have have shifted my gaze to Canada. I recently finished a collaborative project on Islam in Canada with Jennifer Selby (Memorial University) and Lori Beaman (University of Ottawa). In Beyond Accommodation. Everyday Narratives of Muslims Canadian (UBC, 2018) we critically evaluates the model of 'reasonable accommodation' referenced in the management of religion in Canada. We argue that it disempowers religious minorities and we propose a more inclusive approach to negotiate difference drawing on interviews with Canadians Muslims. In 2016 I started a new project that explores the work of faith-based activists at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. I am particularly interested in documenting the extent to which these activists contribute and shape the direction of human rights discussions at the HRC, and the creation of new human rights standards internationally. I teach in the department of Social Science at York University in the Law and Society Program. I am also a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Graduate Program and the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies.