Jennifer Elrick

Assistant Professor

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 825
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-1579
Fax: 514-398-7476
E-mail: jennifer.elrick [at]

Office Hours: Fall 2020
Mondays 15:00 - 16:30

Research Areas

Immigration policy, race & ethnicity, international migration, immigrant incorporation, political sociology, qualitative methods



(PhD, University of Toronto, Department of Sociology, 2016)

Assistant Professor at McGill University since 2016.

Bridging the sociology of race, ethnicity and immigration, political sociology, cultural sociology and comparative public policy, my work follows two overarching research agendas. The first examines how institutional aspects of contexts of reception affect the symbolic and material incorporation of immigrants into Western liberal-democratic states. The second focuses on the reciprocal relationship between ethnic identities and deliberation, understood as a particular form of political communication emphasizing inclusion and reason giving. Both agendas address the relationship between classification processes, diversity and social inequality, i.e. the ways in which classification processes pertaining to race, ethnicity, legal status, etc. affect the differential distribution of resources and recognition within a society.




Elrick, J. (forthcoming). Making Middle-Class Multiculturalism: Immigration Bureaucrats and Policymaking in Postwar Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications: 

Isaac, M. and J. Elrick (2020). ‘How COVID-19 May Alleviate the Multiple Marginalization of Racialized Migrant Workers.’ Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1842900

Elrick, J. (2020). ‘Bureaucratic Implementation Practices and the Making of Canada's Merit-Based Immigration Policy.’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1817731

Elrick, J. and Schneiderhan, E. (2018). ‘Using Focus Groups and a Documentary Method to Operationalize Ethnic Identity in Research on Minority Populations.’ SAGE Research Methods Cases. DOI: 10.4135/9781526449764

Elrick, J. and Winter, E. (2018). 'Managing The National Status Group: Immigration Policy in Germany.' International Migration 56(4): 19-32

Elrick, J. (2016). ‘Screening, Skills and Cultural Fit: Theorizing Immigrant Skill Utilization From An Organizational Perspective.’ Journal of International Migration and Integration 17(3): 801-817.

Elrick, J. and N. Lightman (2016). ‘Sorting or Shaping? The Gendered Economic Outcomes of Immigration Policy in Canada.’ International Migration Review 50(2): 352-384.

Elrick, J. and L. Schwartzman (2015). ‘From Statistical Category to Social Category: Organized Politics and Official Categorizations of “Persons with a Migration Background” in Germany.’ Ethnic and Racial Studies. 38(9): 1539-1556.

Elrick, J., Schneiderhan, E. and S. Khan (2014). ‘Talking Like a Generation: The “Documentary” Meaning of Ethnicity for Aging Minority Britons.’ Sociology. 48 (6): 1173-1189.

Reitz, J., Curtis, J. and J. Elrick (2014). ‘Immigrant Skill Utilization: Trends and Policy Issues.’ Journal of International Migration and Integration 15(1): 1-26.

Schneiderhan, E., Khan, S. and J. Elrick (2014). ‘Deliberation and Ethnic Context.’ Sociological Forum 29 (4): 791-807.


Research Grants

2020 - 2021 “Changing the Social Value of Work? The Effects of COVID-19 on Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP).” Internal McGill COVID-19 Rapid Response SSHD & MI4 Emergency COVID-19 Research Funding (ECRF), $19,500

2018-2021 “Immigration Bureaucrats and Immigration Control: Multi-Level Migration Management in Germany, 1955-1965.” FRQSC Research Support for New Academics Grant, $45,000

2017 - 2020 “Determining the Role of Immigration Bureaucrats in Immigration Control: A Historical Case Study of Canada, 1952-1979.” Social Sciences &  Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant (SSHRC-IDG), $ 61,251


Courses Taught

Graduate Courses

SOCI 595 Immigration Control and The State

Undergraduate Courses

SOCI 210 Sociological Perspectives

SOCI 330 Sociological Theory

SOCI 430 The Sociology of Citizenship


Back to top