SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology, Carleton University
Dr. Abji’s current research investigates social activism in response to immigration detention practices in Canada, focusing on the role of advocates in negotiating, contesting, and reproducing state power over borders and citizenship. Her doctoral dissertation titled “Emerging Logics of Citizenship: Activism in Response to Precarious Migration and Gendered Violence in an Era of Securitization” studied social activism in response to border enforcement within schools and women’s shelters in Toronto between 2006 to 2015. Her project showed postnational understandings of citizenship being mobilized by anti-border activists, which drew important attention to the structural violence produced through deportation practices as well as their gendered and racializing effects. Dr. Abji’s dissertation was awarded the 2016 Dennis William Magill Canada Research Award for best dissertation or published paper in Sociology at the University of Toronto.