I am a sociologist of health and illness specializing in qualitative methods and the social studies of HIV-related policy and Canadian immigration law. I use the social organization of knowledge approach and institutional ethnography as forms of inquiry.
The bulk of my work to date has explored immigration medical inadmissibility decision-making and its consquences. “Screening and Screaming in Exile: Medical Examination and the Immigration Health Work of People with HIV” is the name of my monograph, currently under review with UBC Press. Since 2013, I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran and Romania. I am appointed in Political Science, Social Justice Education, and the Centre de recherches en éducation franco-ontarienne. I teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students in English and French.
HIV/AIDS, Horn of Africa, immigration policies and politics, institutional ethnography, medical inadmissibility, migration, social organization of knowledge, sociology of health and illness
- L’ethnographie institutionnelle : pratiques d’une sociologie alternative
- Critical and Creative Qualitative Health Research Methods
- Feminist Health Policy Analysis
- Migration and Public Health
Awards and Grants:
- Best Staff and Faculty Award: Scarborough Campus Students’ Union, 2018-19
- Visiting Researcher, Brocher Foundation, 2017 and 2020
- Visiting Professor, University of Bucharest, 2018
- Senior Academic Fellow, Comparative Program on Health and Society, 2014-15
- Connaught New Researcher, University of Toronto, 2014
- Best Dissertation in Canada, Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, 2013
- Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, University of Ottawa, 2012
- Joseph De Konink Prize, Best Interdisciplinary Dissertation, University of Ottawa, 2012
- Bisaillon, L., Cattapan, A., Driessen, A., van Duin, E., Anton, L., Spruit, S., & Jecker, N. 2019. Doing Academia Differently: ‘Needing Self-help Less than a Fair Society’. Feminist Studies.
- Bisaillon, L., & Sanders, C. 2019. Searching, Studying and Doing Sociology in the Medico-Legal Borderlands. Somatosphere [on-line]
- Bisaillon, L., Montange, L., Zambenedetti, A., Frasca, P., El-Shamy, L., & Arviv, T. 2019. Everyday Geographies, Geographies in the Everyday: Mundane of Mobilities Made Visible. ACME: An International Journal of Critical Geographies.
- Sanders, C., & Bisaillon, L. 2018. When Health Care is Displaced by State Interests: Building Dialogue through Shared Findings. Qualitative Health Research, 29(1), 32-41.
- Bisaillon, L. 2018 (May 13). Finally, Some Changes to Health-based Discrimination in Canadian Immigration Law. The Conversation [on-line]
- Bisaillon, L., Hassan, M., & Hassan, M. 2017. Committing Sociology: Being Healthy, Happy, and Up-High in St. James Town. Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality, 5, 107-132.
- Ng, S., Bisaillon, L., & Webster, F. 2017. Blurring the Boundaries: Using Institutional Ethnography to Inquire into Health Professions Education and Practice. Medical Education, 51, 51-60.
- Mykhalovskiy, E., Hastings, C., Sanders, C., Hayman, M., & Bisaillon, L. 2016. ‘Callous, Cold and Deliberately Duplicitous’: Racialization, Immigration and the Representation of HIV Criminalization in Canadian Mainstream Media. Report funded by the CIHR Social Research Centre for HIV Prevention.
- Bisaillon, L., Gooshki, E., & Briskman, L. 2016. Medico-legal Borders and the Shaping of Health Services for Afghans in Iran: Physical, Social, Bureaucratic and Public Health Conditions of Care. International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 2(1), 40-58.
- Bisaillon, L. 2014. Introduction: The Politics of Practice and the Contradictions for People, Policy and Providing Care: Investigations Into the Implications of Health Work Organized Within State Interests. Public Health Ethics, 7(3), 225-228.
- Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University
- Centre for Refugee Studies, York University
- Collaborative Graduate Program in Women’s Health, UofT
- Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies, UofT
- Migration and Health Project Southern Africa, Witwatersrand University
- Université de l’Ontario français, Toronto
PhD (Ottawa), MUP (McGill), BA (Bishop’s), CEP (Strasbourg III)