E-mail : jmmontsion@glendon.yorku.ca


Associate Professor, Canadian Studies Program, Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, York University, Glendon College

Research Interests

  • Chinese Immigration and Community Politics in Singapore and Vancouver
  • Ethnic and Racial Landscapes in Singapore and Vancouver
  • Gateway Cities in the International Political Economy
  • Indigenous Diplomacies and Canada-Asia Relations
  • International Students and Canadian Universities
  • Emotional landscapes and colonialism

Research Projects


Jean Michel’s research focuses on ethnic, urban and mobility questions as they arise in Canada’s relations with various Asian societies and communities. From an everyday life perspective, he examines the impact of port and airport infrastructure projects in Canadian cities like Vancouver on local communities; he documents First Nations’ diplomatic efforts in China, and he analyses the migration experiences of Chinese students to Canadian universities. He is also interested in ethnic and community politics of Singapore and utilizes Southeast Asia in a comparison to Canadian cases and realities.



  • JM Montsion. 2018. Ethnography and International Relations: Situating Recent Trends, Debates and Limitations from an Interdisciplinary Perspective. The Journal of Chinese Sociology 5(9): 1-21.
  • JM Montsion, A Parasram. 2018. The Little Nyonya and Singapore’s National Self: Reflections on Aesthetics, Ethnicity and Postcolonial State Formation. Postcolonial Studies 21(2): 154-71.
  • JM Montsion. 2018. Resource Centre or Experience Desk? Producing Spaces for Delivering Services to Indigenous and International Students at Universities in Ontario, Canada. Canadian Journal of Higher Education 48(1): 132-47.
  • JM Montsion. 2016. “Diplomacy as Self-Representation: British Columbia First Nations and China”, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy 11(4): 404-25. 
  • JM Montsion, SK Tan. 2016. “Smell this: Singapore’s Curry Day and Visceral Citizenship”, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 37(2): 209-23. 
  • JM Montsion. 2015. “Disrupting Canadian Sovereignty? The ‘First Nations & China’ Strategy Revisited”, Geoforum 58: 114-21. 
  • JM Montsion. 2015. “Patrolling Chineseness: Singapore’s Kowloon Club and the Ethnic Adaptation of Hong Kongese to Singaporean Society”, Asian Ethnicity 16(1): 92-109. Reprinted in Chih-yu Shih (ed). 2016. Re-producing Chineseness in Southeast Asia: Scholarship and Identity in Comparative Perspectives, New York: Routledge.
  • JM Montsion. 2015. “Churchill, Manitoba and the Arctic Gateway: A Historical Contextualization”, The Canadian Geographer 59(3): 304-16.
  • JM Montsion. 2014. “Chinese Ethnicities in Neoliberal Singapore? State Designs and Dialect(ical) Struggles of Community Associations”, Ethnic and Racial Studies 37(9): 1486-504.
  • W Vrasti, JM Montsion. 2014. “No Good Deed Goes Unrewarded: The Values/Virtues of Transnational Volunteerism in Neoliberal Capital”, Global Society 28(3): 336-55. Reprinted in Anne-Marie D’Aoust (ed). 2015. Affective Economies, Neoliberalism, and Governmentality, New York: Routledge.
  • D Bousfield, JM Montsion. 2012. “Transforming an International Organization? Norm Confusion and the International Olympic Committee”, Sport in Society 15(6): 823-38. Reprinted in Ramon Spaaj and Cindy Burleson (eds). 2013. The Olympic Movement and the Sport of Peacekeeping, New York: Routledge.
  • JM Montsion. 2012. “When Talent Meets Mobility: Un/desirability in Singapore’s New Citizenship Project”, Citizenship Studies 16(3-4): 469-82.
  • JM Montsion. 2012. “A Critique of Everyday International Relations: The Case of Cultural Pluralism in Singapore and Vancouver”, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30(5): 930-46.
  • JM Montsion. 2011. “Softening Canada’s Gateway to the Asia Pacific? Community Perspectives on Vancouver’s International Visage”, Canadian Journal of Urban Research 20(2): 36-55.
  • JM Montsion. 2010. “Research Im/possibilities: Reflections from Everyday International Relations”, Altérités 7(2): 79-94.
  • JM Montsion. 2009. “Re-locating Politics at the Gateway: Everyday Life in Singapore’s Global Schoolhouse”, Pacific Affairs 82(4): 637-56.
  • JM Montsion, R Stubbs. 2007. “Le pouvoir des plus faibles: L’ANASE et le projet de coopération régionale en Asie de l’Est”, Études internationales 38(2): 167-88.