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Jackson Samantha, PhD Candidate (ABD)

Samantha Jackson

PhD Candidate (ABD)

Graduate Students
Department of Political Science

Area(s) of Interest:


Dissertation: Politicizing the White Coat: Medical Activism and Refugee Health Policy in Canada, Germany and the UK 

Supervisor: Dr. Karen Bird

Funding and Awards

2015 Vanier CGS Doctoral Scholarship 

2014 Ontario Graduate Scholarship

Applied Experience 

Co-founder, Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge

  • Canada's first university-driven private refugee sponsorship model: 400+ newcomers to be resettled, $4.7 million raised, 1000+ people engaged 

Research Interests

  • Immigration and refugee policy 
  • Women in leadership 
  • Social innovation


  • 2011-2012 Master of Arts, Immigration and Settlement Studies, Ryerson University
  • 2006-2010 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Middle East Studies, McGill University


Winter 2017: Teaching Assistant - POL SCI 3N06 Research Methods, Statistics & Political Analysis
Summer 2017: Sessional Instructor - POL SCI 3K03E Migration & Citizenship 


Peer-Reviewed Publications: 

McGregor, M., Moore, A., Jackson, S., Bird, K. & Stephenson, L. (2017). Why so Few Women and Minorities in Local Politics?: Incumbency and Affinity Voting in Low Information Elections. Representation. 

Bird, K., Jackson, S. McGregor, M., Stephenson, L., & Moore, A. (2016). Sex (and Ethnicity) in the City: Gender and Ethnic Affinity in the 2014 Toronto Mayoral ElectionCanadian Journal of Political Science, 49(2). 

Cukier, W., Jackson, S., Elmi, M., Roach, E. & Cyr, D. (2016). Representing Women? Leadership Roles and Women in Canadian Broadcast NewsGender in Management: An International Journal, 31(5/6). 

Cukier, W., Jackson, S., Connely, K., Roach, E., & Gagnon, S. (2015). “Beyond Pipelines and Talent Pools: A Comparative Analysis of Women in Senior Leadership Positions in Canada.” In K. Longman & S. Madsen (Eds.), Women as Global Leaders: Women and Leadership around the World. (2nd edition), 1-25: International Leadership Association, Pacific Grove, CA. 

Jackson, S. & Bauder, H. (2014). Neither Temporary, nor Permanent: The Precarious Employment Experience of Refugee Claimants in Canada. Journal of Refugee Studies. 27(3), 1-22.

Jackson, S. (2014). Citizenship theatre: Refugees, Security, and Performing Citizenship at the Immigration and Refugee Board. Queen's Policy Review. 4(4), 1-25.

Jackson S. (2012). The New Interim Federal Health Program: How Reduced Coverage Adversely Affects Refugee Claimants' Employment. Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement Peer Reviewed Research Brief Series, 1(1). 1-10. 

Industry and Community Reports: 

Cukier, W., Gagnon, S., Elmi, M., Jackson, S., Hon, H. & Chraibi, R. (2016). DiversityLeads - Women and Visible Minorities in Senior Leadership Positions: A Profile of Greater Montreal.

Cukier, W. & Jackson, S. (2016). Welcome to Canada: The Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge. Carnegie Ethics Online. 

Bird, K., & Jackson S. (2014). The Women & Diversity EXCLerator Project: Women in leadership in Hamilton and Halton. McMaster University & Hamilton YWCA.  

Cukier, W., Connely, K., Jackson, S., Smarz, S., Saekang, A., & Holmes, M. (2014). Evaluation of the Toronto Police Service's Human Rights Project Charter. Diversity Institute, Ryerson University. 

Recent Conference Presentations:

Jackson, S. (2017, March). The Ecological Model and Systems Change. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Metropolis Conference. Montréal, QC.

Jackson, S. & Mitrea, S. (2016 May). The State of trust: The Moral Austerity of Canadian Refugee Policy. Paper presented at the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Calgary, AB. 

Bird, K. & Jackson, S. (2015, July). The gender gap in local politics: Assessing the role of gender in a non-partisan electoral context. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Gender and Politics Annual Meeting, Uppsala, Sweden.  

Jackson, S. (2014, August). Institutional resilience and change: Refugee health care in England and Canada. Paper presented at the International Political Science Association World Congress. Montréal, QC.