Esra Ari, PhD

Office: B349D



Ph.D. Sociology & Collaborative Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations, Western University

M.A. Sociology, Middle East Technical University (Turkey)

B.A. International Relations, Ankara University (Turkey)

Esra was an SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Toronto Metropolitan Centre for Immigration and Settlement (TMCIS) before joining the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at MRU. She uses community-engaged methodologies to investigate the ways in which racialization intersects with immigration, citizenship, and identity construction within diaspora communities in Canada. Her research foregrounds the lived experiences of marginalized groups within larger oppressive systems, namely racism as it intersects with capitalism. Esra’s current research project examines identity formation among Turkish immigrants in urban settings. Her commitment to anti-racist research and the centrality of experiential knowledge in her research shape her teaching style, which is informed by decolonizing frameworks as well as dialogical and experiential learning.

Current Courses:

Introduction to Sociology (SLGY 1101)

Special Topics: Migration, Borders, and (Im)mobilities (SLGY 3731)