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Professor & University Research Chair, Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo

Suzan Ilcan is Professor & University Research Chair in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Before coming to the University of Waterloo, she held a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) from 2002-2011.

Suzan’s research covers three broad areas: migration and border studies, critical development and humanitarian aid, and citizenship and social justice. She has published widely, presented many invited lectures nationally and internationally, and received several research grants in these areas. Her current research projects examine migration policies, bordering practices, and humanitarian aid initiatives in the context of migrants’ experiences of displacement, precarity, protection, and resettlement.


  • –present
    Professor of Sociology, University of Waterloo


  • 1993 
    Carleton university , Sociology


University Research Chair (2022-2029); Canada Research Chair (2001-2011)