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Sleiman-Long Zeina, PhD Student

Zeina Sleiman-Long

PhD Student

Graduate Students
Department of Political Science

Area(s) of Interest:


Dissertation Title: Regional Sanctuary Practices and Transnational Citizenship

Supervisor: Dr. Peter Nyers

My dissertation focuses on documenting and analyzing the way in which migrants, refugees and undocumented residents make claims for rights outside of the avenue of the state; with a particular interest in the power of sanctuary movements across North America.

Research Interests:

  • Citizenship and migration
  • Statelessness and refugees
  • Belonging and migrant rights
  • Globalization
  • Sanctuary practices
  • Critical security studies



2012-2016            McMaster Graduate Scholarship

2015-2016            Recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2014                     Finalist: Three Minute Thesis, McMaster University

2014-2015            Recipient of the Ontario Graduate Fellowship 


  • M.A. International Relations, McMaster University (2010)
  • B.SOC.SCI Political Science, University of Ottawa (2009)



Peter Nyers and Zeina Sleiman-Long. “Citizenship” In Critical Imaginations in International Relations, Aoileann  Ní Mhurchú  and  Reiko  Shindo (Eds.).  Routledge, Forthcoming, 2016

Book review: "Micheline Labelle, François Rocher et Rachad Antonius, Immigration, diversité et sécurité: Les associations arabo-musulmanes face à l'État au. Canada et au Québec”, Canadian Journal of Sociology 34.3 (2009): 926-29


2015. “‘I Belong’: Forging Muslims Identities in the Context of Post 9/11 Security Policies.” Unsettling Colonial Modernity: Islamicate Contexts in Focus. University of Alberta, April 24-25.

2011. “City Magnets: An Exploration of the Region’s Capacity and Strategic Advantage to Attract Newcomers.” The Immigration Advantage: How the North Bay Region’s Shift to Attract and Retain Newcomers is Increasing Prosperity. North Bay, March 1-2.

2011 “The (Re)Definition of National Citizenship through the Essentialization of Culture Abroad.” Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association: Global Governance: Political Authority in Transition. Montreal, March 16.

 2011 “The Give and Take of Refugees in Canada: A New Research Study from the Conference Board of Canada.” Annual Meting for the Leaders’ Roundtable on Immigration. Ottawa, January 24-25.

2010 “Political Communities of (in)Security and Canadian Minority Relations.” Annual Meeting of the York Centre for International and Security Studies: New Directions: The Future of Canadian (In)Security Studies. York University, February 4-5.