Congratulations to Professor Tahseen Shams, recipient of the 2021 Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) Early Investigator Award! This award is presented to a sociologist who has made significant contributions to the research community in the early stages of their career. The adjudication committee was impressed by the outstanding quality, theoretical rigour, and methodological innovation of Professor Shams’ work. Receiving her PhD from UCLA in 2018, Professor Shams’ work has already been published in a number of well-known scholarly journals, such as Racial & Ethnic Studies, Journal of Black Studies, and Diaspora. The committee also noted the positive reception to Professor Shams’ book titled Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World. In addition to her past accomplishments, the committee recognized the future potential of Professor Shams’ work in “reshaping the sociological study of migration, identity, and globalization”.
Professor Tahseen Shams is an Assistant Professor of Sociology with teaching responsibilities on the St. George campus, and the 2020-21 Bissell-Heyd Research Fellow at the University of Toronto. Her research examines topics such as international migration, globalization, race/ethnicity, and nationalism. The overarching question that ties her research interests together is “how transnational, global forms of inequality intersect with race and ethnicity to affect immigrant groups, particularly those coming from Muslim-majority countries to the West, namely the United States and Canada”.
Congratulations, Professor Shams, on this well-deserved achievement!