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Karine Geoffrion

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. Anthropology (Université de Montréal)

Research Interests/Expertise

  • Globalization, migration and mobility
  • Transnational families and intimacies
  • North-South families: identity, belonging and citizenship
  • Immigration bureaucracies and documents
  • Gender and sexuality in sub-Saharan Africa
  • West Africa


Karine Geoffrion holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Montreal (2017). Her main research focuses on binational couples’ transnational relationship and their lived experience of the spousal reunification process in Canada. Karine was also a professor at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana for 3 years prior to coming back to Canada to pursue her research endeavors. In Ghana, she conducted research on gender diversity and youth sexuality. She continues her various collaborations with colleagues in Ghana. Her most recent project explores identity, belonging and transnational networks in binational mixed-race families living in Ghana.

Current Research Initiatives

Mixed(race) Ghanaians: Identity, belonging and transnational mobility (Oduro, Prah, Geoffrion, MRI/CTR7/2018-2019)

Recent Publications

Geoffrion, Karine. (Soumis). La réunification conjugale sur Facebook : émotions et solidarités féminines. In Elaine Costa Fernandez, Fatima Moussa et Claire Scopsi (eds.).

Geoffrion, Karine, Cretton, Viviane. (Accepted). Introduction. The bureaucratic routes to migration: migrants’ lived experience of paperwork, clerks and other immigration intermediaries. Anthropologica.

Geoffrion, Karine. (Submitted) Bureaucratic emotionalities: Managing files, documents and delays in the Canadian spousal reunification process. Anthropologica.

Geoffrion, Karine. (2018). « Mariage non-authentique »: Femmes canadiennes en couple binational face à la discrimination administrative. Cahiers du genre, (64), p. 67-83.

Geoffrion, Karine. (2018). Homosexuality and religious fundamentalism in the Ghanaian mediascape: Clashes between an ‘unGodly’ concept and lived practices. In F. Sow (ed.) Genre et fondamentalismes. Dakar: Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique (CODESRIA), 269-288.

Geoffrion, Karine. (2017). Réunification conjugale au Canada: L’expérience des femmes parrains. Diversité canadienne/ Canadian diversity, 14(2), 13-17.

Geoffrion, Karine. (2016). Femmes blanches en Afrique sub-saharienne: De la coopération internationale à la mixité conjugale. Cahiers d’études africaines, 1(221), 127- 152.

Geoffrion, Karine. (2016). Re-chercher l’amour transnational: Le couple ensemble, le couple éloigné et le projet d’immigration du conjoint. Émulations, (18), 12 pages.

Geoffrion, Karine. (2013). Ghanaian youth and festive transvestism. Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, 15(sup1), 48-61.

Publication in Progress

Le Gall, J., Therrien, C., et Geoffrion, K. (eds.) Identities and (trans)nationalisms in mixed families: transmission, agency and social constraints.

Courses Taught

  • Ethnography of contemporary Ghana
  • Anthropology and Gender
  • Mobilities, Migrations and Transnational Lives
  • Introduction to Issues in Anthropology : Globalization, Culture and Ethnography
  • Gender and Society
  • Globalisation, société, culture (Université de Montréal)
  • Anthropologie urbaine (Université de Montréal)