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Shezan Muhammedi

Adjunct Research Professor – History of migration; Canadian refugee history; oral history, migration and ethnic relations.

Degrees:B.A. (Queen’s University), M.A. (University of Western Ontario), Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario)


Dr. Shezan Muhammedi completed his PhD in History and Migration and Ethnic Relations at the University of Western Ontario in April 2017. His dissertation explores the resettlement of Ugandan Asian refugees in Canada in the 1970s. His mother’s family came to Ottawa, Ontario as Ugandan Asian refugees in late October of 1972 fuelling his passion for displaced peoples and vulnerable communities. He also worked closely with Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library team as an advisor to their Uganda Collection which features archival material, newspapers, and oral histories of Ugandan Asian refugees.

Upon completion of his PhD, Dr. Muhammedi spent four years working for an international non-profit organization called Focus Humanitarian Assistance under the Aga Khan Development Network as a Program Officer on the European Settlement Support Program. He led a team of 15 case workers who worked on a one-to-one basis with refugees who settled in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The program aimed to support newly arrived asylum seekers and refugees in Europe by offering assistance in securing legal status, finding accommodations, mastering the national language, and entering pathways to employment.

To celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the resettlement of Ugandan Asian refugees in Canada, a joint academic and community-based conference was held in November 2022 at Carleton University. Beyond Resettlement: Exploring the History of the Ugandan Asian Community in Exile yielded insights on pathways to integration and belonging for refugee communities in Canada. Panels focused on the historical context of the expulsion, Canada’s response and reception of refugees, and the lived experiences of the community in Canada. The event showcased archival materials including oral histories, digital exhibits, primary source materials, and other artifacts. Videos of the presentation will be uploaded to the Uganda Collection website in the coming weeks.

Currently, Dr. Muhammedi works for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada as an Assistant Director and was a successful candidate in the Recruitment of Policy Leaders Campaign in 2021.

Selected Publications