Phil Triadafilopoulos

Phil Triadafilopoulos

Associate Professor
Highland Hall- HL560
(416) 208-4813


SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster–Canada-Europe
Transatlantic Dialogue
Joint Initiative in German and European Studies
American Political Science Association
Council for European Studies
Canadian Political Science Association
International Studies Association

Research Interests: 

My research focuses on how immigration and citizenship policies reflect and reconfigure boundaries of national belonging in liberal-democratic states.In Becoming Multicultural: Immigration and the Politics of Membership in Canada and Germany (University of British Columbia Press, 2012), I explore the liberalization of immigration and citizenship policies (and consequent expansion of membership boundaries) in Canada and Germany, paying particular attention to the interplay of shifting global norms and domestic politics.

I am also involved in a collaborative research project with Professor Anna Korteweg (Department of Sociology, University of Toronto), comparing the integration of Muslim immigrants in Germany and the Netherlands. Our work explores both how integration is defined by political actors and how debates over the reconciliation of contending rights, such as religious freedom and gender equality, shape the politics of immigration, integration and citizenship policy.

I am currently developing two new research projects.  The first compares the institutional accommodation of Muslim immigrants in Canada and Germany. I am particularly interested in how public schools, courts, and other core institutions respond to requests for accommodation by Muslims and other religious minorities.The second project, being undertaken in collaboration with Christopher Cochrane, Inder Marwah, Zack Taylor, and Steven White (and with the assistance of UTSC alumnus Salman Dostmohammed), explains the causes and results of the Conservative Party of Canada’s “ethnic outreach” strategy.  We intend to extend our analysis to consider the strategies of other centre-right parties vis-à-vis immigrant and ethnic minority voters.

Some of my other recent and ongoing projects include:
A volume co-edited with Kristin Good and Luc Turgeon titled Segmented Cities? How Urban Contexts Shape Ethnic and Nationalist Politics (University of British Columbia Press, forthcoming)

A volume co-edited with Shaun Young titled The Evolution of Evidence-Based Policymaking in Canada (under contract with Oxford University Press)

A short textbook on the politics of immigration policymaking in Canada (under contract with the University of Toronto Press)

An edited collection of essays on the politics of highly skilled immigration policy, titled Wanted and Welcome? Highly Skilled Immigration Policies in Europe and North America (Springer, 2013)

A special issue of the journal German Politics and Society assessing the consequences of Germany’s 1999 citizenship reform (2012)

A special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on immigration and the “limits of the liberal state” (2011)

Awards and Grants: 

* Visiting Professor, University of Birmingham, March 2013
* UTSC Faculty Teaching Award, 2011


Becoming Multicultural: Immigration and the Politics of Membership in Canada and Germany. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2012.

Select Articles

“Gender, Religion and Ethnicity: Intersections and Boundaries in Immigrant Integration Debates” (co-authored with Anna Korteweg). Social Politics VOL. 20, No. 1 (2013): 109-136.

“A Bridge or Barrier to Integration? Germany’s 1999 Citizenship Reform in Critical Perspective” (co-authored with Karen Schönwälder). German Politics and Society VOL. 30, No. 1 (2012): 52-70.

“Illiberal Means to Liberal Ends? Understanding Recent Immigrant Integration Policies in Europe.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, VOL. 37, No. 6 (2011): pp. 861-880.

“Rights, Norms, and Politics: The Case of German Citizenship Reform” (co-authored with James Ingram). Social Research, Vol. 77, No. 1 (Spring 2010): pp. 353-382.

“Global Norms Domestic Institutions and the Transformation of Immigration Policy in Canada and the United States.” Review of International Studies VOL. 36, No. 1 (2010): pp. 169-193.

“How the Federal Republic Became and Immigration Country: Norms, Politics and the Failure of West Germany’s Guest Worker System (co-authored with Karen Schönwälder).” German Politics and Society VOL. 24, No. 3 (Fall 2006): pp. 1-19.

“Building Walls, Bounding Nations: Migration and Exclusion in Canada and Germany, 1870-1939.” Journal of Historical Sociology VOL. 17, No. 4 (2004): pp. 385-427.

“Politics, Speech, and the Art of Persuasion: Towards an Aristotelian Conception of the Public Sphere. “ The Journal of Politics, VOL. 63, No. 3 (1999): pp. 741-757.

Edited Volumes:
Co-editor (with Kristin Good and Luc Turgeon), Segmented Cities? How Urban Contexts Shape Ethnic and Nationalist Politics. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, forthcoming.

Editor, Wanted and Welcome? Policies for Highly Skilled Immigrants in Comparative Perspective. New York: Springer, 2013.

Co-editor (with Rainer Ohliger and Karen Schönwälder), European Encounters: Migrants, Migration and European Societies since 1945. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003.

Select Book Chapters
“Immigration, Citizenship and Canada’s New Conservative Party” (co-authored with Inder Marwah and Steve White). In Conservatism in Canada, ed. David Rayside and James Farney. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming.

“The Benefits and Limits of Pragmatism: Immigrant Integration and Social Cohesion in Germany” (co-authored with Anna Korteweg and Paulina Garcia del Moral). In Diverse Nations, Diverse Responses: Approaches to Social Cohesion in Immigrant Societies, ed. Paul Spoonley and Erin Tolley. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.

“Normative Contexts, Domestic Institutions and the Transformation of Immigration Policy Paradigms in Canada and the United States.” In Policy Paradigms, Transnationalism and Domestic Politics, ed. Grace Skogstad. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011, pp. 147-170.

“Rethinking the Origins of the Points System.” In Kanada und Deutschland – Der Umgang mit Migration und Integration im Vergleich, ed. Axel Kreisenbrink and Petra Bendel. Nuremberg: Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, 2008, pp. 24-55.

“Dual Citizenship and Security Norms in Historical Perspective.” In Dual Citizenship in Global Perspective: From Unitary to Multiple Citizenship, ed. Thomas Faist and Peter Kivisto. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp. 27-41.

“A Model for Europe? A Critical Appraisal of Canadian Integration Policies.” In Politische Steuerung von Integrationsprozesessen: Intentionen und Wirkungen, ed. Karen Schönwälder, Sigrid Baringhorst and Uwe Hunger. Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2006, pp. 79-94.

“Influencing Migration Policy from Inside: Political Parties” (co-authored with Andrej Zaslove). In Dialogues on Migration Policy, ed. Marco Giugni and Florence Passy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006, pp. 171-192.

“The Political Consequences of Forced Population Transfers: Refugee Incorporation in Greece and West Germany.” In European Encounters: Migrants, Migration and European Societies since 1945, pp. 99-122.

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Teaching Interests: 

My teaching interests are in the areas of :

Comparative Public Policy; Canadian Public Policy; Theories of Public Policy; Immigration and Citizenship Policy; Comparative Politics (Industrialized Countries); and Comparative Ethnic Politics

Courses taught at UTSC:

  • POLC66H3 Public Policy-Making
  • POLC67H3 Public Policy in Canada
  • POLD52H3 Immigration in Canadian Political Development
  • POLD64H3 Comparative Public Policy
  • POLD67H3 The Limits of Rationality