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Associate Professor of Sociology, Toronto Metropolitan University

Naomi Lightman is Associate Professor of Sociology at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her areas of research expertise include migration, care work, gender, inequality, and research methodology. Her academic work has been published in journals including European Sociological Review, Journal of European Social Policy, International Migration Review and the Social Politics. In addition, she is the co-author of the second edition of the textbook Social Policy in Canada. Dr. Lightman has collaborated on research focused on immigration, race, and inequality with various social agencies and government bodies including Social Planning Toronto, the Wellesley Institute, the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership and the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association.


  • 2023–present
    Associate Professor, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • 2017–2022
    Assistant Professor, University of Calgary


  • 2015 
    University of Toronto, PhD