Phil Triadafilopoulos

Phil Triadafilopoulos
Associate Professor
Telephone number
Building HL 560


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 current research examines the extension of Islamic religious education in Germany. I am also interested in (i) how centre-right, conservative parties in Europe and North America are adapting their electoral strategies in response to more culturally diverse electorates, (ii) why requests for religious accommodation on the part of Muslims have prompted such intense debates in Canada and other industrialized liberal democracies, and (iii) the role of established churches in immigrant integration politics and policymaking (with a focus on the Church of Greece).

Awards and Grants

Co-Investigator, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant (in collaboration with Linda White, Principal Investigator, and Jim Farney), “The Politics of School Choice: How Financing and Governance Affect Equality of Access in 21st Century Canadian Education Systems” ($215,356), 2016-2021


Select Publications: 


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

 Segmented Cities? How Urban Contexts Shape Ethnic and Nationalist Politics (co-edited with Kristin Good and Luc Turgeon). Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014.

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


“Religious Groups, Liberal-Democratic States, and Competitive Boundary Making: The Debate over Ritual Male Circumcision in Germany” Ethnicities VOL. 19, No. 4 (2019):  pp. 654-673.

“Is Multiculturalism Dead?  Groups, Governments and the ‘Real Work of Integration’” (co-authored with Anna Korteweg). Ethnic and Racial Studies VOL. 38, No. 5 (2015): pp. 663-680.

“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.

“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 an 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.

Book Chapters

“Citizenship against the Nation” in Civic Virtue, Citizenship and Multiculturalism, ed. Leah Bradshaw and David Tabachnik, Lexington University Press, 2017.

“Making Room for Islam in Germany’s Public Schools: The Role of the Länder” (co-authored with Joachim Rahmann). In Staat und Islam – Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven, ed. Nils Schroeder  and Uwe Hunger. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 2016.

“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, 2013.

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:

  • POLA01 Critical Issues in Politics: Migration, Membership and Identity
  • PPGC67 Public Policy in Canada
  • POLD41 Advanced Topics in Politics:  Carl Schmitt
  • POLD52 Immigration in Canadian Political Development
  • POLD67 The Limits of Rationality