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Amrita Hari

Director, Associate Professor

Degrees:DPhil (Oxford), MA and BA Hons (University of Toronto)
Phone:613-520-6645 x 8562

Amrita Hari is the Director and an Associate Professor at the Feminist Institute of Social Transformation. Her research focuses on global migration, transnationalism, citizenship, gender, diasporic formations, intersectional identities and acts of resistance of refugees and asylum seekers. Dr. Hari’s work engages with the notion of “doing gender” within the context of migration, gendered division of household labor, and the Canadian labor market. To learn more about Dr. Hari’s work, you can also check out this YouTube video: Meet You Professors: Amrita Hari

Courses taught:WGST2803: Body Matters – Politics of Bodies; WGST3803: Feminisms and Transnationalisms; WGST4003/5003: Traversing Feminisms; WGST5907: Researching Women’s and Gender Studies

Research areas of interest: Global migrations (skilled workers, temporary migrant workers, and international students), transnationalism (processes, subjectivities, and acts of resistance), diasporic formations, citizenship, anti-racism, gender, work, and social reproduction.

Selected Publications:

  1. Wang-Dufil, C. & Hari, A. (2022) Being “top-ranked” without “causing troubles”: Comparing federal and provincial immigration pathways for Chinese international students in Canada. International Migration, 00, 1– 15. Available from:
  2. Nardon, L., & Hari, A. (2022). Making Sense of Immigrant Work Integration: An Organizing Framework.
  3. Hari, A., & Nagpal, S. (2022). The National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India and the potential for statelessness in situ: a cautionary tale from Assam. Contemporary South Asia, 30(2), 194-201.
  4. Hari, A., Nardon, L., & Zhang, H. (2021). A transnational lens into international student experiences of the COVID‐19 pandemic. Global Networks.
  5. Hari, A. (2017). Who gets to ‘work hard, play hard’? Gendering the work–life balance rhetoric in Canadian tech companies. Gender, Work & Organization, 24(2), 99-114.
  6. Hari, A. (2013). Temporariness, rights, and citizenship: The latest chapter in Canada’s exclusionary migration and refugee history. Refuge, 30, 35.”


  1. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant (435-2020-0025) “A Longitudinal Study of Organized Social Support for Highly-Skilled Immigrant Women’s Social and Professional Integration” – 2020 – 2025 (Co-Investigator with Dr. Luciara Nardon, Sprott School of Business)
  2. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Exchange – Knowledge Mobilization Grant – “International Student Mobility: Investigating Canadian Trends, Issues, and New Directions.” – 2021-2022
  3. Carleton University Centre for Research on Inclusion at Work Ignite! Grant – “Pandemic, Panic, and Precarity: Interviews with International Students Stranded in Ottawa during COVID-19” – 2021-2022 (Co-Investigator with Luciara Nardon)
  4. Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Engage Grant (892-2019-0024) “Investigating Highly Skilled Immigrant Women’s Employability during the COVID-19 Pandemic” – 2020-2021 (Co-Investigator with Dr. Aliya Kuzhabekova, Dr. Luciara Nardon, and Dr. Merridee L. Bujaki, Sprott School of Business)

In the Media:

  1. Immigrant women are falling behind during the pandemic” with Luciara Nardon, The Conversation.
  2. How to cope with pandemic fatigue by imagining metaphors” with Luciara Nardon, The Conversation.