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Anna Korteweg

Professor of Sociology,
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies





Anna Korteweg (Phd 2004, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley) is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her research focuses on the political debates regarding the integration of Muslim immigrants in Western Europe and Canada. She analyzes the ways in which the perceived problems of immigrant integration are constructed in the intersections of gender, religion, ethnicity and national origin. Her research has focused on debates surrounding the wearing of the headscarf, so-called “honour-based” violence, and Sharia law. Professor Korteweg is particularly interested in the symbolic and material consequences of the resulting narratives of belonging. She has published the two monographs: The Headscarf Debates: Conflicts of National Belonging (Stanford University Press 2014, with Gökçe Yurdakul); Debating Sharia: Islam, Gender Politics, and Family Law Arbitration (edited with Jennifer Selby, University of Toronto Press 2012). In addition, she has published articles in a wide range of journals, including Annual Review of Sociology, Theory and Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social Politics, Gender and Society, Social Identities, Nations and Nationalism, Women’s Studies International Forum, Canadian Criminal Law Review, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Law & Social Policy and International Journal of Feminist Politics. Professor Korteweg’s  current research projects focus on racialization and LGBTQ/gender rights construction in refugee politics. In addition, Professor Korteweg is currently engaged in collaborative research on private sponsors of refugees in Canada (with Audrey Macklin, Luin Goldring and Jennifer Hyndman). Finally, she is continuing to work with her longstanding collaborator, Dr. Gökçe Yurdakul, on issues surrounding gender, race, and diversity in contemporary Europe and North America.


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


Ph. D University of California at Berkeley (2004)

M.A University of California at Berkeley (1997)

B.A. Wells College, summa cum laude (1995)


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


Korteweg, Anna C. and Gökçe Yurdakul (equal co-authors). 2014. The Headscarf Debates: Conflicts of National Belonging. Stanford University Press.

Korteweg, Anna C. and Triadafilos Triadafilopoulos. 2015. “Is Multiculturalism Dead? Groups, Governments, and ‘the Real Work of Integration’.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38:5. In advance of print: 10.1080/01419870.2014.907925

Laxer, Emily, Rachael Carson, and Anna C. Korteweg. 2014. “Articulating Minority Nationhood: Cultural and Political Differentiation in Québec’s Reasonable Accommodation Debate.” Nations and Nationalism, 20(1): 133-53. DOI: 10.1111/nana.12046

Korteweg, Anna C. “‘Honour Kiling’ in the Immigration Context: Multiculturalism and the Racialization of Violence Against Women,” 2013.  Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, available online at:

Yurdakul, Gökce and Anna C. Korteweg (equal co-authors). 2013. “Gender Equality and Immigrant Integration: Honour Killing and Forced Marriage Debates in the Netherlands, Germany and Britain.” Women’s Studies International Forum. 41: 204-214.


Social Inequality
Gendered Identities
Gender Relations
Qualitative Analysis I
Research Practicum
The Politics of Citizenship

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