John Carlaw

Short-Term Visitor
John Carlaw is a Senior Research Associate under the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration program at Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada where he co-leads CERC’s Politics and Narratives of Migration Research Theme.

His current projects include CONTESTATIONS of Migration and Belonging in Canada amidst COVID-19 and a book manuscript, Neoconservative Multiculturalism: The Conservative Party of Canada and the Politics of Citizenship, Migration and Multiculturalism in Settler Colonial Canada.

He has written for the Conversation, including “Declining naturalizations signal larger problems in Canada's citizenship and immigration system” in 2023. His recent works on Canada’s Conservative Party include Conservatism and the Re-Communitarianization of Citizenship in Canada (with Elke Winter), Blunt talk or faux outrage? The politics of expanding migrant worker programs under Canada’s former Conservative government (2006–2015) , and Unity in Diversity? Neoconservative Multiculturalism and the Conservative Party of Canada.

John has previously led CERC Migration’s graduate student mentorship program and annual research symposia (2020-2023) and taught at Trent and York Universities. From 2015 to 2019, John served as Project Lead of York University's Syria Response and Refugee Initiative, a refugee sponsorship and education initiative at York’s Centre for Refugee Studies, where he also completed his doctorate (2019). He has recieved funding for his research both during and since his doctoral studies from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Research focus/fields of interest: immigration policy, citizenship, political parties, populism.
Core discipline: political science.