Jeffrey Reitz

Director; Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies
Professor, Department of Sociology; Affiliated faculty, CSUS






Room 358S, 1 Devonshire Place



Jeff continues to examine the social, economic and political experiences of immigrant and ethnic populations, and has a number of projects underway in Canada.  His current comparative research examines the experience of Muslim immigration in France, Quebec and Canada, based on extensive quantitative data and new qualitative interviews.  This project is supported by a Marie Curie International Fellowship from the European Commission, and a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  During 2012-2014 he was affiliated with L’école des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris

Research Interests

Employment experiences of immigrant and ethnic population
Immigration policy
Equity and Multiculturalism Policy
Management of diversity issues
Race and ethnic relations
Human rights


Ph. D Columbia University, (1972)

B.S. Columbia University (1965)

Awards and distinctions

Marie Curie Internation Incoming Fellow, European Commission 7th Framework Programme, 2012-2014
Research Fellow, Institute for Research on Public Policy, Montreal, 2011
Outstanding contribution to Canadian Sociology Award, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, 2005
Fellow and Scholar, Successful Societies Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. 2005
Connaught Research Fellowship in the Social Sciences, University of Toronto, 2002
Fellow Royal Society of Canada, 2001
William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Harvard University, 2000-2001
Fellow and Scholar, Successful Societies Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. 2005-­‐2012
Honourable Mention, Thomas and Znaniecki Award recognizing “outstanding social science scholarship in the field of international migration” American Sociological Association for Warmth of the Welcome, 2000
Lexington Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals, 2000
Robert F. Harney Professor of Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies, University of Toronto. 1999
Canada’s Who’s Who, 1990
Leave Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 1982-1983, 1977-1978

Selected publications

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “The Distinctiveness of Canadian Immigration Experience,” Patterns of Prejudice 46, 5: (2012) 518-535, Special Issue, “National Models of Integration and the Crisis of Multiculturalism: A Critical Comparative Perspective,” edited by Christophe Bertossi and Jan Willem Duyvendak.

Jeffrey G. Reitz, Josh Curtis & Jennifer Elrick, “Immigrant Skill Utilization: Trends and Policy Issues”, Journal of International Migration and Integration, 15,1 (2014) 1-26.

Richard Alba, Jeffrey G. Reitz, Patrick Simon, “National Conceptions of Assimilation, Integration and Cohesion,” pp. 44-64 in The Changing Face of World Cities: Young Adult Children of Immigrants in Europe and the United States, eds. Maurice Crul and John Mollenkopf, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2012

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Multiculturalism Policies and Popular Multiculturalism in the Development of Canadian Immigration,” pp. 107-26 in The Multiculturalism Question: Debating Identity in 21st Century Canada, ed. by Jack Jedwab. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014

Jeffrey G. Reitz, Mai B. Phan & Rupa Banerjee, “Gender Equity in Canada’s Newly Growing Religious Minorities,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2014

Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Canada: New Initiatives and Approaches to Immigration and Nation-Building.”  In: Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, eds. Wayne Cornelius, James Hollifield, Philip Martin, and Pia Orrenius, Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2014.


Ethnic Relations Theory, Research and Policy
Sociology of Work  II – Canadian Labour Markets and Immigrant Employment
Immigration and Race Relations in Canada
Sel. Topics: Employment & Immigration

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