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Megan Gaucher

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.Soc.Sci. (University of Ottawa), M.A. (University of Alberta), Ph.D. (Queen’s University)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 4207
Office:D496 LA (Loeb Building)

Megan Gaucher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. Her interdisciplinary research interests focus on the intersections between citizenship, family, gender, sexuality and race in Canadian immigration and refugee law and policy. She is the author of A Family Matter: Citizenship, Conjugal Relationships, and Canadian Immigration Policy (UBC Press, 2018). Her current research projects include an analysis of these intersections as they related to Canada’s temporary foreign worker programs, an examination of the Canadian state’s treatment of single male migrants, and an investigation into legislative “crackdowns” on birth tourism.

She supervises graduate students in the areas of immigration and refugee law, citizenship, family law and politics, identity politics, and Canadian public policy.

Selected Publications:

• 2018. A Family Matter: Citizenship, Conjugal Relationships, and Canadian Immigration Policy (UBC Press)

Book Chapters:
• 2018. “When is a Citizen no Longer a Citizen? Analyzing Constructions of Citizenship in Canada’s Judicial and Legislative Forums,” in Emmett Macfarlane (ed.) Policy Change, Courts, and the Canadian Constitution. (University of Toronto Press)

Journal Articles:
• 2018. “The Future of Canadian Political Science: Boundary Transgressions, Gender and Anti-Oppression Frameworks.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 51(3): 619-42. (Co-authored with Nisha Nath and Ethel Tungohan)
• 2016. “Monogamous Canadian Citizenship, Constructing Foreignness, and the Limits of Harm Discourse.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. 49(3): 519-538.
• 2014. “Guilty until Proven Prosecuted: The Canadian State’s Assessment of Sexual Minority Refugee Claimants and the Invisibility of the non-Western Sexual non-Citizen.” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, 23(3): 459-81. (Co-authored with Alexa DeGagné)
• 2014. “Attack of the Marriage Fraudsters!: An Examination of the Harper Government’s Anti-Marriage Fraud Campaign.” International Journal of Canadian Studies, 50: 187-206.
• 2014. “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?: Relationship Recognition and the Making of Conjugal Citizens in Canadian Law.” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice, 36(2): 61-72.