Anna Korteweg

Professor, Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
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Areas of interest

  • Citizenship (intersectional approaches)
  • National belonging
  • Parliamentary debates on immigrant integration


Main Bio

Anna Korteweg (Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga, PhD 2004 Sociology, University of California, Berkeley) is an accomplished researcher, digital storyteller, and builder of scholarly communities, whose work focuses on understanding the position of Muslim citizens in contemporary European and North American societies. She has published extensively on debates surrounding the wearing of the headscarf, so-called “honour-based” violence, and Sharia law. Her current SSHRC-funded research focuses on the return of women and men who joined ISIS to their European home countries. In addition, she is investigating the co-construction of borders and subjectivity in LGBTQ+ refugee politics, and the citizenship implications of refugee sponsorship in Canada. She has published two monographs: The Headscarf Debates: Conflicts of National Belonging (Stanford UP 2014, with Gökçe Yurdakul, 2016 German translation with transcript Verlag) and Debating Sharia: Islam, Gender Politics, and Family Law Arbitration (edited with Jennifer Selby, UToronto Press 2012), as well as over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She was a visiting professor at the Department of Sociology, the University of Bielefeld (2013), and at the Amsterdam Center for European Studies, University of Amsterdam (2022). Korteweg was Chair of the Department of Sociology from 2015-20, growing the department from 19 to 31 faculty members. Her research has been funded by multiple grants from the Social Science Research Council Canada, and funding from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdient (DAAD), and the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS), among others. Korteweg is co-editor of Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society.


Select publications


  • Korteweg, Anna C. and Gökçe Yurdakul. 2014. The Headscarf Debates: Conflicts of National Belonging. Stanford University Press. * German translation: Kopftuchdebbaten in Europa: Konflikte um Zugehörigkeit in nationalen Narrativen, August 2016, Transcript Verlag.
  • Korteweg, Anna C. and Jennifer A. Selby, editors. 2012. Debating Sharia: Islam, Gender Politics, and Family Law Arbitration. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.


  • Dahinden, Janine and Anna Korteweg. 2022. “Culture as Politics in Migration Contexts: The Invisiblisation of Power Relations.” Ethnic & Racial Studies, published online first, DOI:
  • Yurdakul, Gökçe and Anna Korteweg. 2021. “Boundary Regimes and the Gendered Racialized Production of Muslim Masculinities: Cases from Canada and Germany.” Journal of Immigration and Refugee Studies. 19(1) 39-54. Available online:
  • Korteweg, Anna and Gökçe Yurdakul. 2020. “Liberal Feminism and Postcolonial Difference: Headscarf Debates in France, the Netherlands and Germany.” Social Compass, published online December 10
  • Abji, Salina, Anna Korteweg and Lawrence Williams. 2019. “Culture Talk and the Politics of the New Right: Navigating Gendered Racism in Attempts to Address Violence against Women in Immigrant Communities.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 44(3) Spring, 797-822.
  • Korteweg, Anna C. 2017. “The Failures of ‘Immigrant Integration:’ The Gendered Racialized Production of Non-Belonging.” Migration Studies, 5(3), November 2017, 428-444:

Awards & recognition

  • Best Article Award 2021, Council for European Studies, Research Network on Gender & Sexuality for “Crossing borders: the intersectional marginalisation of Bulgarian Muslim trans*immigrant sex workers in Berlin,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2020 47:9, 1922-1939, (with Tunay Altay and Gökçe Yurdakul)

  • ACES, University of Amsterdam. Spring 2021 (delayed to June 2022 due to COVID)

  •  Department of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, Germany, SFB 882 (research group): From Heterogeneities to Inequalities, December 2013.

  • Senior Fellow Massey College, University of Toronto (appointed July 2016)

  • Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, Germany, SFB 882 (research group): From Heterogeneities to Inequalities, December 9-20 2013.
  • Jeannette Wright Award for Graduate Mentoring, Awarded by the department of Sociology, University of Toronto, June 2010
  • Sally Hacker Award Best Graduate Student Paper for “Welfare Reform and the Subject of the Working Mother:  ‘Get a Job, a Better Job, then a Career’”, Sex and Gender Section, American Sociological Association, 2004