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Megan Gaucher

Assistant 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. She received her Ph.D. in Political Studies at Queen’s University in 2013 and taught in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at Trent University prior to arriving at Carleton. Broadly speaking, her 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 Keeping it in the Family: The (Re-) Production of Conjugal Citizens Through Canadian Immigration Policy and Practice, currently under contract with UBC Press. Keeping it in the Family examines the inconsistent treatment of conjugality in Canadian law and policy, and proposes that we conceptualize the conjugal family unit as a point of access for Canadian citizenship, as it has implications for both family construction and identity formation of those immigrants and refugees seeking entrance.

Her current research project examines these intersections as they relate to Canada’s temporary foreign worker programs, examining the implications recent changes to these programs present for temporary foreign workers, and the perceived threat these non-citizens and their families present to our immigration system, the Canadian family, and Canadian society at large.

Selected Publications


  •  Keeping it in the Family: The (Re-) Production of Conjugal Citizens Through Canadian Immigration Policy and Practice (Under Contract, UBC Press)

Journal Articles:

  • Gaucher, Megan and Alexa DeGagné. 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, doi: 10.1093/sp/jxu029 (available online).
  • Gaucher, Megan. 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
  • Gaucher, Megan. 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.
  •  Gaucher, Megan. 2016. “Monogamous Canadian Citizenship, Constructing Foreignness, and the Limits of Harm Discourse.” (Forthcoming Canadian Journal of Political Science)