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Associate Professor, Criminology, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

Dr. Baljit Nagra is a tenured Associate Professor in the Criminology Department at the University of Ottawa. She has previously held postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of Ottawa and at York University after receiving her doctoral degree from the University of Toronto. Her research aims to understand how racial discourses are rearticulated in the ‘War on Terror’. Her intellectual interest is in learning how racial boundaries are transformed through a language of gender, religion and security, creating ‘legitimate/desirable’ and ‘illegitimate/undesirable’ members of westerns nations, and reproducing past racialized nation state projects. Both her research and teaching are geared towards racial justice. Her research has been published in highly ranked refereed journals such as the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, British Journal of Criminology, Canadian Journal of Sociology and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. She is also the author of a book titled Securitized Citizens: Canadian Muslims Experiences of Race Relations and Identity Formation Post 9/11 that was published by the University of Toronto Press. Her main areas of interest are in Race Relations, National Security and Surveillance, and Qualitative Research.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor , L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa


  • 2011 
    University of Ottawa , PhD sociology