Jeffrey Reitz

Professor, Department of Sociology; Affiliated faculty, CSUS



Jeffrey G. Reitz (Ph.D., FRSC) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and R.F. Harney Professor Emeritus of Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies.  He has published extensively on immigration and inter-group relations in Canada from comparative perspectives and has frequently contributed to discussions of policies on immigration, multiculturalism, and minority group employment in Canada.  He is the co-author of Multiculturalism and Social Cohesion: Potentials and Challenges of Diversity (2009); recent articles have appeared in the International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Social Science Research.  Professor Reitz served as Chair in the University of Toronto’s Department of Sociology from 1980-1985, and he contributed for many years at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.  From 1999-2020, he was R.F. Harney Professor and Director of the Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies Program, and in 2002 brought the program to the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.  In 2000-2001 he was the Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University, and he has been visiting professor or visiting scholar at other universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, and Mexico.  During 2012-2014 he was Marie Curie International Fellow at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, and 2017-2018 he was Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the City University of New York Graduate Centre.  He is a Research Fellow with the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Montreal.

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Major Research Project

Muslim Minorities in France, Quebec and Canada: Social, Economic and Political Integration

This multi-year research is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Patrick Simon of the National Institute of Demographic Studies in Paris, and with support of grants from the European Commission and the government of Canada.  Data sources are drawn from a variety of existing quantitative surveys, supplemented with qualitative field interviews in each setting.

Publications from the project:

2015     Jeffrey G. Reitz, “The Status of Muslim Minorities Following the Paris Attacks,” pp. 21-27 in After the Paris Attacks: Responses in Canada, Europe, and Around the Globe, ed. by Edward M. Iacobucci and Stephen J. Toope, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.  Two slightly revised versions reprinted as: “Integration of Muslim Minorities: Is it about religion?”  Inroads: The Canadian Journal of Opinion, 38, Winter-Spring, 2016, pp. 101-108; and “The Status of Muslim Minorities during the War on Terror.”  Chapter 52 in: Reading Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, 3rd Edition, ed. Lorne Tepperman, Patrizia Albanese and Emily Alexander.   Scarborough: Oxford University Press, 2017

2016     Alexandra Kassir & Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Protesting headscarf ban: a path to becoming more French? A case study of ‘Mamans toutes égales’ and ‘Sorties scolaires avec nous,’ Ethnic and Racial Studies 39,15: 2683-2700.

2017     Jeffrey G. Reitz, Patrick Simon & Emily Laxer, “Muslims’ social inclusion and exclusion in France, Québec, and Canada: does national context matter?” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43, 15: 2473–2498. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1313105

2017     Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Multicultural Nation-building and Canada’s Future: Implications of Comparative Research.” Pp. 30-49 in Immigration and the Future of Canadian Society, ed. By Robert Brym, Toronto: Rock’s Mills Press.

2018     Marie-Pier Joly & Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Emotional Stress and the Integration of Muslim Minorities in France and Canada,” International Migration Review 52, 4 (December) 1111-1129 DOI: 10.1177/0197918318768551

2020     Emily Laxer, Jeffrey G. Reitz & Patrick Simon, “Muslims’ political and civic incorporation in France and Canada: testing models of participation,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 46,17: 3677-3702. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1620418

2020     Emily Laxer, Jeffrey G. Reitz & Patrick Simon, “L’intégration civique des musulmans en France, au Québec et au Canada anglaise: quelle est l’incidence des ‘modèles’ nationaux?” (Title in English: “Muslims’ Political and Civic Incorporation in France, Québec, and English-Canada: Do National ‘Models’ Play a Role?”) Pp. 569-599 in Étudier le religieux au Québec: regards d’ici et d’ailleurs, eds. David Koussens, Jean-François Laniel and Jean-Philippe Perreault, Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval.

2022    Jeffrey G. Reitz, Emily Laxer & Patrick Simon. 2022. “National cultural frames and Muslims’ economic incorporation: a comparison of France and Canada.”  International Migration Review. Published online January 10.  DOI: 10.1177/01979183211035725

In submission: Emily Laxer, Jeffrey G. Reitz & Jessica Stallone, “Challenging the Legitimacy of Exclusion: Muslim Women and Social Boundaries in Different Headscarf Policy Contexts.”

Other recent publications

2015     Jeffrey G. Reitz, Mai B. Phan & Rupa Banerjee, “Gender Equity in Canada’s Newly Growing Religious Minorities,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38, 5: 681-699.

2016     Anil Verma, Jeffrey G. Reitz & Rupa Banerjee, “Unionization and Income Growth of Racial Minority Immigrants in Canada: A Longitudinal Study,” International Migration Review 50,3: 667-698.

2016     Edward Grabb, Jeffrey G. Reitz & Monica Hwang (eds.).  Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage, 6th edition.  Scarborough: Oxford University Press.

2018     Rupa Banerjee, Jeffrey G. Reitz & Phil Oreopoulos, “Do Large Employers Treat Racial Minorities More Fairly? An Analysis of Canadian Field Experiment Data,” Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques, 44, 1 (March): 1-12.  DOI: 10.3138/cpp.2017-033

2020     Irena Kogan, Eric Fong & Jeffrey G. Reitz, “Religion and integration among immigrant and minority youth,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 46,17: 3543-3558.  DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1620408

2021     Richard Alba & Jeffrey G. Reitz, “The significance of mixed family backgrounds for mainstream integration in Canada,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 47:4, 916-933, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1654162

2021    Jeffrey G. Reitz. “Popular multiculturalism as social capital: trends and prospects.”  Canadian Issues / Thèmes Canadiens, Special Issue entitled “Multiculturalism @50 and the Promise of a Just Society,” Fall/Winter, Pp. 39-44.

2021    Rupa Banerjee, Feng Hou, Jeffrey G. Reitz & Tingting Zhang. “Evaluating foreign skills: effects of credential assessment on skilled immigrants’ labour market performance in Canada,” Canadian Public Policy / Analyse de politiques, 47, 3 (September), 358-372,

2021 Jeffrey G. Reitz and Melissa H. Jasso, “Mexican Migration to Canada: Trends and Prospects,” pp. 47-69 in Borders and Migration in North America at the threshold of the twenties/Fronteras y Migración en Norteamérica en el umbral de los veinte, eds. Graciela Martinex-Zalce and Mónica Verea, Mexico City: Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte (CISAN), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

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