Maleeha Iqbal

Maleeha Iqbal is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests lie within the fields of global migration, race/ethnicity, and qualitative methods, with a particular focus on South Asian and MENA communities. Her dissertation bridges the sociology of families and migration to examine the parenting practices of second-generation Muslim immigrants of South Asian and MENA descent in Canada, exploring how migration shapes collective identity across generations within these families, generating important insights for multicultural accommodation. Maleeha’s research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), among other fellowships. Her research interests have also led her to pursue additional projects alongside her dissertation. She has written about Syrian refugees’ experiences of integration, assimilation, and belonging in Canada, focusing on family dynamics, housing, and employment. Maleeha’s work has been published in Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies, Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, and Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies. She has presented her research at conferences across Canada and the US, including the American Sociological Association (ASA), Canadian Sociological Association (CSA), and Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA). Apart from research, Maleeha is passionate about teaching and has delivered guest lectures on topics related to anti-Muslim racism and the racialization of religion in undergraduate courses.