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Daiva Stasiulis

Professor Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Degrees:PhD (Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1098
Office:D789 Loeb Building

Areas of Interest

Global migration, transnationalism and diaspora studies; citizenship studies and multiple citizenship; intersectionality and social inequality; critical race studies; multiculturalism; sociology of emotions


Daiva Stasiulis was born in Toronto and educated at the University of California at San Diego (Hon.BA and MA) and University of Toronto (PhD). She has published extensively on citizenship, race and migration, feminism and diversity. In connection with her research on foreign domestic workers, she has worked with domestic worker associations and served as the Chair of the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Violence Against Migrant Workers. In 2007, with co-author Abigail Bakan, she was awarded the 2007 Canadian Women’s Studies Association annual book prize for Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System (University of Toronto, 2005).

Professor Stasiulis’s most recent SSHRC-funded research project is on “Emotional Cartographies of Dual Citizenship: The Lebanese Diaspora and the 2006 War.” This research sheds light on the phenomenon and lived experience of plural citizenship among those who hold one citizenship in a country that vacillates between peace and war and another in a “secure, safe” country in the global North. It is based on multi-sited ethnography conducted in Lebanon, Canada and Australia. The study explores the mobility and strategic life decisions, ontological security, and complex feelings of belonging and identity among those caught up in the Summer 2006 war in Lebanon. One objective of the research is to contribute to the debate on the impact of globalization on the emergent social and spatial imaginaries and socio-legal boundaries of citizenship and belonging.

Daiva Stasiulis supervises PhD and MA graduate students, chiefly in the areas of citizenship, migration studies, feminist intersectional and critical race studies. She regularly teaches graduate seminars on Citizenship and Globalization. At the undergraduate level, she teaches courses on war, security and citizenship and feminist intersectional theories.

Daiva Stasiulis is a member of the editorial board of several journals including Citizenship Studies; Ethnic and Racial Studies; The Canadian Journal of Sociology; and Studies in Social Justice. She is a 1997 recipient of a Research Achievement Award from Carleton University, the 2003 Indo-Canadian Shastri lecturer in Canadian Studies in India, and the South African Canadian Studies visiting lecturer in 2009. She has been a consultant to the federal government on issues of racism, migration, ethnocultural political participation, multiculturalism, and gender and equity analysis of immigration policy.

A member of Carleton’s faculty since 1983, Daiva Stasiulis has also been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Canberra and at the University of California at Berkeley.

Recent Publications

• 2017 “The Extraordinary Statelessness of Deepan Budlakoti: The Erosion of Canadian Citizenship through Citizenship Deprivation,” Studies in Social Justice, Vol. 11, No. 1, February 2017, 26 pp., available at:

• 2014 Gender and Multiculturalism: North-South Perspectives, eds. A. Gouws and D. Stasiulis, Routledge: London and New York, 258 pp.

• 2013 “Canada: Gender and Migration,” in I. Ness, general editor, Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration.  Blackwell Publishing Ltd. (published online and in print, February), 8 pp.

• 2013 Special Issue on Gender and Multiculturalism – Dislodging the Binary between Universal Human Rights and Culture/Tradition: A North-South Dialogue (ed. with Amanda Gouws), Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, Vol. 40, No. 1, April.

• 2013 “Introduction: Gender and Multiculturalism – Dislodging the Binary between Universal Human Rights and Culture/Tradition: North/South Perspectives,” Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 1-13 (with Amanda Gouws).

• 2013 “Worrier Nation: Quebec’s Value Codes for Immigrants,” Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 183-209.

• 2013 “Contending Frames of ‘Security’ and ‘Citizenship’: Lebanese Dual Nationals during the 2006 Lebanon War,” in S. Ilcan, ed. Mobilities, Knowledge and Social Justice, McGill-Queen’s University Press.

• 2012 “The Political Economy of Migrant Live-in Caregivers: A Case of Unfree Labour?”(with A. Bakan), in P. Lenard and C. Straehle, eds. Legislated Inequality: Temporary Labour Migration in Canada, Mc-Gill-Queen’s University Press, pp. 202-226.

• 2011 “From Government to Multi-level Governance of Immigrant Settlement in Ontario’s Cities,” (with C. Hughes and Z. Amery), Erin Tolley and Robert Young, eds. Immigrant Settlement Policy in Canadian Municipalities, McGill-Queen’s University Press, pp.73-147.

• 2010 “Securitizing Dual Citizenship: The Emotional Cartography of Citizenship among Lebanese-Australians and Lebanese-Canadians following the Summer 2006 War” (with Z. Amery), in Nathalie Nahas and Paul Tabar, eds. Politics, Culture and Lebanese Diaspora, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.69-103.

• 2008 “Revisiting the Permanent-Temporary Labour Migration Dichotomy” in C. Gabriel and H. Pellerin, Governing International Labour Migration, Routledge, 95-111.

• 2008 “The Migration-Citizenship Nexus” in Recasting the Social in Citizenship. E. Isin (ed.) Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 134-161.

• 2008 “Recasting the Social in Citizenship” (with E. Isin, J. Brodie, and D. Juteau) In Recasting the Social in Citizenship. E. Isin (ed.) Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 3-19.

• 2008 “Negotiating Citizenship: Authors’ Reflections,” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal, SWDA/ACEF Annual Book Award – 2007, Interview with the Authors, 32:2, Spring (with Abigail Bakan).