Tahseen Shams

Email: tahseen.shams@utoronto.ca


Office: 725 Spadina; Rm. 396

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Tahseen Shams

Assistant Professor


Tahseen Shams is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and the 2020-21 Bissell-Heyd Research Fellow of the Centre of the Study of the United States of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at University of Toronto. She has received her Ph.D. in 2018 from University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests are in the areas of international migration, globalization, race/ethnicity, and nationalism. The overarching question that ties these 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. She has published a book–Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World (2020, from Stanford University Press)–and several sole-authored articles on this topic. Her research has received several awards, including funding from the National Science Foundation and an Honorable Mention for Best Article Award from the Global and Transnational Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. Currently, she is pursuing her second book project, which examines South Asian Muslim immigrants’ interracial and interfaith marriages in Canada and the United States.