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Kinsella Meagan, PhD Candidate (ABD)

Meagan Kinsella

PhD Candidate (ABD)

Graduate Students
Department of Political Science

Area(s) of Interest:


Dissertation Title: The Urban Politics of Managing Irregular Migration in Southern Africa: Considering Local Responses in Johannesburg, South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana

Supervisor: Dr. Peter Nyers

Through a comparative empirical analysis of Johannesburg, South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana, my dissertation considers local responses to the management of irregular migrants and its effects in and on urban spaces. I examine how we understand the tensions of urban irregular migration management and what are the stakes involved.

Research Interests: migration governance; citizenship and belonging; public policy implementation; mobility politics and policy; Southern Africa; integration and accommodation; everyday international relations; urban politics; border management

Teaching Interests and Expertise: migration politics and policy; international relations; gender and development; globalization; transnationalism; citizenship studies; mobility studies; security studies; politics of the Global South; urban politics; global public policy

Scholarships and Awards:

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2014-2015

School of Graduate Studies Grant in Aid for Research Travel and Field Work, McMaster University, 2014

The Grad Studies TSA Bursary Fund, McMaster University, 2014

The HAH Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2013-2014

Department of Political Science Graduate Student Travel Grant, McMaster University, 2013

Graduate Scholarship, McMaster University, 2010-2015


  • MA, International Relations, McMaster University (2011)
  • BA, Political Science and Criminology, University of Ottawa (2010)


Fall 2015 Term: POL SCI 4QQ3: "Issues in International Politics"