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Emily Laxer is Associate Professor of Sociology at York University’s Glendon Campus, where she holds a York Research Chair in Populism, Rights, and Legality. Her current research explores the relationship between contemporary populist political movements and articulations of rights and legality in Canada. Dr. Laxer’s work has been published in both English and French in such peer-reviewed journals as Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesNations and NationalismContemporary Studies in Society and HistoryComparative Sociology, and edited volumes. Her research also forms the basis of a sole-authored monograph, Unveiling the Nation: The Politics of Secularism in France and Québec (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019), which received the John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award from the Canadian Sociological Association (2020).  


Rémi Vivès is a quantitative researcher in the social sciences. His current research draws on techniques from data science to derive insights from digital data across a diverse range of fields, including public health, finance, and populism. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Economics at Glendon College, York University, and received his PhD in Economics from Aix-Marseille School of Economics, France. Before coming to York, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Portuguese Catholic University and a Franco-German University Fellow at the University of Konstanz.

Efe Peker is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of Ottawa. He holds a joint-PhD in History (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and in Sociology (Simon Fraser University), and he completed his SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017-19) in Sociology at McGill University. His research focuses on state-religion relations, secularity, immigration, and nationalist-populist politics in Canada, Western Europe, and the Middle East. His work appeared in journals such as Comparative SociologyEthnic and Racial Studies and The American Sociologist. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming book Populisme et sciences sociales : Perspectives québécoises, canadiennes et transatlantiques (University of Ottawa Press).


Frédérick Guillaume Dufour is Professor of Sociology, as well as Director of Multidisciplinary Studies in the Faculty of Humanities at Université du Québec à Montréal and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Université Laval. His research focuses on political, historical and comparative sociology. His books include Entre peuple et élite, le populisme de droite and La sociologie du nationalisme: relations, cognition, comparaisons et processus and La sociologie historique: traditions, trajectoires et débats.  Professor Dufour is also co-editor of a forthcoming volume Populisme et sciences sociales : Perspectives québécoises, canadiennes et transatlantiques, published by the University of Ottawa Press.

Daniel Drache is Professor emeritus of political science, York University. His published work and books focus on mapping and documenting the complexities of globalisation at a time of unparalleled inequality. He has written extensively about globalization, neoliberalism and North American integration. Most recently, he has published Has Populism Won? The War on Liberal Democracy, ECW 2023 with Marc Froese. It addresses a series of issues including why are we so susceptible to this pernicious political style at this moment? How did we get here? And more importantly can we get back to more evenhanded governments? He also is a contributor to The Conversation and other media.

Elke Winter is a Professor at the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies and Director of Research at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities, University of Ottawa. She wrote Max Weber et les relations ethniques. Du refus du biologisme racial à l’État multinational (PUL 2004), won the Canadian Sociology Association’s John Porter Tradition of Excellence Award for Us, Them, and Others: Pluralism and National Identity in Diverse Societies (UTP 2011), and co-edited When States Take Rights Back: Citizenship Revocation and Its Discontents(Routledge 2020). Her current work, which includes special issues of The Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, examines how neoliberalism refashions societal (dis)integration along and across ethnic and racial fault lines.

Research Assistants

Oceane Beugre is a fourth-year Business Economics student at York University’s Glendon Campus, with a particular interest in the application of data to economic themes and questions. In addition to her own academic pursuits, she actively contributes as a research assistant, specializing in data collection and analysis. Oceane is committed to creating a positive impact and enhancing community growth and well-being through volunteer work.

Tom Daric is an international student pursuing a Master’s in Public and International Affairs at Glendon, York University. Additionally, Tom serves as a policy and program advisor in the French-language Teaching, Learning, and Achievement Branch of Ontario's Ministry of Education. With a background in Political Science and French Law, Tom's research has focused on the construction of a “Muslim problem” in French society, particularly examining its acceptance and portrayal within the political landscape.

Komenan David Emmanuel N'guessan, is a student coming from Côte d'Ivoire, with a passion for the convergence of business, economics and artificial intelligence (AI). He graduated from Glendon (York University) with a BA in Business & Economics, demonstrating his commitment to fundamental economic principles and business. Currently, David is pursuing a Master's program in AI and Management at Schulich Business School. This innovative training enables him to acquire cutting-edge skills in the field of AI while developing a solid understanding of management and leadership principles.

Isabel Krakoff a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at York University. She completed her MA in International Affairs with a concentration in global gender policy in 2018 at George Washington University in Washington, DC before moving to Canada for her PhD. She is currently working on her dissertation exploring the intersection of right-wing populism and human rights claims. Her research interests include political sociology, the study of race and racism, critical sexuality studies, global gender policy, and mixed methods research.

Jacob McLean is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University. He is currently finishing his dissertation, Fossil Fascism in Canada: From Yellow Vests to the Freedom Convoy. He is also a member of the Zetkin Collective, an ecosocialist group of scholars and activists working on the political ecologies of the far right.

N'Drin Grace-Line Tanoh is a fourth-year student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at York University’s Glendon Campus. Passionate about numbers and data analysis, she plans to pursue a career as an economist in a financial institution.