Emily Laxer

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I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at Glendon College and the York Research Chair in Populism, Rights, and Legality.  My research broadly considers how contests for political power shape the incorporation of ethno-religious minorities in largescale immigration countries.  My 2019 book – Unveiling the Nation: The Politics of Secularism in France and Québec (McGill-Queen’s University Press) – was awarded the John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award from the Canadian Sociological Association in 2020.  My research has also been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Nations and Nationalism, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesInternational Migration Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, as well as in edited volumes.  

Visit: laxeremily.wordpress.com 

Political Sociology; Populism; Immigration, Nationalism; Citizenship.

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 Jessica Stallone. Online, June 2022. “Challenging the Legitimacy of Exclusion: Muslim Women and Social Boundaries in Different Headscarf Policy Contexts”.  Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Reitz, Jeffrey, Emily Laxer, and Patrick Simon. Online, 2022. “National immigration ‘models,’ social welfare regimes, and Muslims’ economic incorporation in France and Canada”. International Migration Review.

Peker, Efe, and Emily Laxer. 2021. “Populism and Religion Beyond the West: Toward a Comparative Agenda”, Comparative Sociology, 20: 317-343.

Laxer, Emily. 2020. “Civic Integration in a Multi-National Context: Examining Québec’s “Values Test” for New Immigrants”. Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, 36(4): 119-134.

Laxer, Emily, Jeffrey Reitz, and Patrick Simon. 2020. “Muslims’ political and civic participation in France and Canada: testing models of participation”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 46(17): 3677-3702.

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).

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.