Anna Korteweg

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





Anna Korteweg (PhD, University of California at Berkeley) is Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga.  She has been cross-appointed to the Centre for European Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES), at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, since 2008 and was Acting Director of CERES during the 2011-2012 academic year. Professor Korteweg’s research focuses on the integration of Muslim immigrants in Western Europe and Canada. She looks at citizenship, constructions of national belonging in public and parliamentary debates on immigrant integration, and the ways in which the problems of immigrant integration are defined in the intersections of gender, religion, ethnicity and national origin. Her book, The Headscarf Debates: Conflicts of National Belonging, which analyzes headscarf debates in France, Turkey, the Netherlands, and Germany came out with with Stanford University Press in June 2014 (with Gökçe Yurdakul, Georg Simmel Professor of Social Conflict and Diversity, Humboldt University, Berlin). An edited book (with Jennifer Selby, Religious Studies, Memorial University) on the Ontario Sharia debated was published in the spring of 2012 with University of Toronto Press. She is also engaged in an ongoing research project on media and policy debates on honour-related violence killing (with Gökçe Yurdakul), an ongoing comparative project on immigrant integration policies and practices in the Netherlands and Germany (with Phil Triadafilopoulos, Political Science, University of Toronto), and a research project assessing the difficulties social service agencies encounter when addressing violence against women in South Asian communities in the Greater Toronto Area.  She recently received a SSHRC Insight Grant (with Rupaleem Bhuyan, School of Social Work) to research the increasing precariousness of residency status in Canada.

Professor Korteweg’s research has been funded by SSHRC, JIGES, the DAAD, and the Centre for Excellence on Research in Immigration and Settlement (CERIS). Professor Korteweg has published in various scholarly journals, including Theory & Society, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Politics, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Gender & Society, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Women Studies International Forum, Nations and Nationalism and The Canadian Criminal Law Review and in edited book volumes.


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

Newsletter Signup Sign up for the Munk School Newsletter

× Strict NO SPAM policy. We value your privacy, and will never share your contact info.