Emily Laxer


My research areas include political sociology; immigration, race & ethnicity; citizenship & nationalism; and gender. In a recent study, I examined the impact of party political debates over Islamic religious coverings in shaping the boundaries of nationhood in France and Canada (including Québec).  My book on this subject – Unveiling the Nation: The Politics of Secularism in France and Québec – was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2019.  My present research focuses on representations of the rule of law by past and present populist politicians in Canada.

Political Sociology; Immigration, Race & Ethnicity, Citizenship & Nationalism; Gender

Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology), University of Toronto

Master of Arts (Sociology), McGill University


Laxer, Emily.  2019. Unveiling the Nation: The Politics of Secularism in France and Québec. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press

Journal Articles

Laxer, Emily, Jeffrey Reitz, and Patrick Simon. Online, 2019. “Do National Integration Discourses Affect Muslims’ Civic and Political Incorporation?  A Comparison of France, Canada, and Québec”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Laxer, Emily.2018. “‘We Are All Republicans’: Political Articulation and the Production of Nationhood in France’s Face Veil Debate”. Comparative Studies in Society and History, 60(04): 938-967.

Laxer, Emily and Anna C. Korteweg. 2018. “Party Competition and the Production of Nationhood in the Immigration Context: Particularizing the Universal for Political Gain in France and Québec”.  Ethnic and Racial Studies, 41(11): 1915-1933 (lead article).

Reitz, Jeffrey, Patrick Simon and Emily Laxer.2017.“Muslims’ Social Inclusion in Canada, Québec and France: Does National Context Matter?” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43(15): 2473-2498.

Laxer, Emily and Anna C. Korteweg. 2016. “Culture politique et politique de la culture: Luttes démocratiques dans le débat sur la charte des valeurs québécoises” (‘The Culture of Politics and the Politics of Culture: Democratic Struggles in the Debate over the Charter of Québec Values’).Recherches SociographiquesLVII(2-3): 427-453.

Laxer, Emily, Rachael D. Carson and Anna C. Korteweg. 2014. “Articulating Minority Nationhood: Cultural and Political Dimensions in Québec’s Reasonable Accommodation Debate”. Nations and Nationalism20(1): 133-153.

Laxer, Emily. 2013. “Integration Discourses and Generational Trajectories of Civic Participation in Multi-Nation States: A Comparison of the Canadian Provinces of Québec and Ontario”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies39(10): 1577-1599.

Book Chapters

Laxer, Emily. 2017. “Gender Inequality and the Role of Power, Politics and Representation.” In Robert Brym, ed. Income Inequality and the Future of Canadian Society.  Toronto: Rock’s Mills Press.

Boyd, Monica and Emily Laxer. 2011. “Voting Across Immigrant Generations”. In Lorne Tepperman and Angela Kalyta (eds). ReadingSociology.  Toronto: Oxford Press.

Other Publications

Laxer, Emily. 2019.  Review of Politicizing Islam: The Islamic Revival in France and India by Z. Fareen Parvez. Social Forces, Online May 14.

Laxer, Emily. 2017. Review of Veiled Threats: Representing the Muslim Woman in Public Policy Discoursesby Naaz Rashid. Gender & Society31(3): 424-426.