Phil Triadafilopoulos

Phil Triadafilopoulos
Associate Professor
Telephone number
Building HL 560


Joint Initiative in German and European Studies
American Political Science Association
Council for European Studies
Canadian Political Science Association
International Studies Association

Research Interests

How right-of-centre political parties are adapting to more culturally diverse electorates; Canadian “exceptionalism” in immigration politics and policymaking; the interplay of liberal openness and illiberal closure in the migration policies of industrialized liberal democracies; the politics of religious accommodation as regards Muslims in Canada and Germany; the changing meaning of skills in Canadian education policy; the dynamics of school choice policy in Canada.

Awards and Grants

Collaborator, Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), “Migrant Integration in the mid-21st Century: Bridging Divides,” (in collaboration with Anna Triandafyllidou, Principal Investigator) ($98,600,000), 2023-2030

Co-Investigator, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant (in collaboration with James Farney [PI]), “Assessing the Financial, Governance, and Parental Feedback Effects of School Choice in Canada” ($396,885), 2023-2028

Co-investigator, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Clusters of Scholarly Prominence Program (in collaboration with Elizabeth Dhuey, Principal Investigator), “Education and Training for the 21st Century Workforce” ($597,822), 2023-2028


Select Publications: 


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.

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


“The Domestic Politics of Selective Permeability: Disaggregating the Canadian Migration State” (with Zack Taylor). Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2023):

“Whiteness and the Politics of Middle-class Nation-building in Canada.” Ethnic and Racial     Studies (2022): DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2022.2139627 

“School Choice, Policy Feedback Effects, and Policy Outcomes: Understanding the Relationship between Government Policy Design and Parent Decisions to ‘Stay’ ‘Defect’ from Public Education” (co-authored with Salar Asadolahi, James Farney, and Linda A. White). Comparative Education 58, no. 2 (2022): pp. 242-259.

“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.

“Germany’s post-2015 Immigration Dilemmas,” Current History VOL. 118, No. 806 (March 2019): pp. 114-119.

Book Chapters

“Good and Lucky: Explaining Canada’s Successful Immigration Policies.” In Successful Public Policy: Lessons from Canada, ed. Michael Howlett et al. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.

“Canada: The Quintessential Migration State?” (co-authored with Zack Taylor). In Understanding Global Migration, ed. James Hollifield and Neal Foley. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2022.

“Paradigms Lost? Immigrant Integration and its Discontents.” In Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies, 2nd Edition, ed Anna Triandafyllidou. London: Routledge, 2022.

“The Political Foundations of Canadian Exceptionalism in Immigration Policy” (with Zack Taylor). In International Affairs and Canadian Migration Policy, ed. Yiagadeesen Samy and Howard Duncan. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.

Teaching Interests

Comparative Public Policy; Canadian Public Policy; Theories of Public Policy; Immigration and Citizenship Policy; Comparative Politics; Political Theory

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
  • POLD67 The Limits of Rationality
  • PPGD68 Capstone: The Policy Process in Theory and Practice