Emine Fidan Elcioglu

Email: fidan.elcioglu@utoronto.ca

Office: 725 Spadina; Rm. 358

UTSC Office: HL464

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Emine Fidan Elcioglu

Assistant Professor



Emine Fidan Elcioglu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Professor Elcioglu received a B.A. in economics and history from the University of Chicago in 2006 and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 2016. Her areas of expertise include political sociology, race and immigration, work and labor, social theory, and qualitative methods.

Dr. Elcioglu is the author of Divided by the Wall: Progressive and Conservative Immigration Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border (2020, University of California Press). Based on 20 month of ethnographic fieldwork, Divided by the Wall explores why ordinary Americans mobilize in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, either in the pursuit of helping undocumented immigrants or to aid immigration enforcement. She focuses specifically on participants who do not stand to gain personally from their social movement’s successes—people who, because of the privileges of whiteness and U.S. citizenship, are not directly impacted by immigration policy, but who nonetheless work passionately to change it. Her book explores why.  Dr. Elcioglu discussed her book at a colloquium organized by UCLA.  This discussion can be found HERE.

Dr. Elcioglu has also published in peer-reviewed articles in Social Problems, Ethnography, Working USA, and Qualitative Sociology. Currently, she is working on a project funded by the Connaught New Researcher Award about the political experiences of private refugee sponsors in Canada.