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Sara Pavan

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Killam Postdoctoral Fellow
University of British Columbia
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Sara Pavan received her doctorate from the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University.

Sara's research focused on the democratic polities of North America: Canada and the United States. While immigration has transformed and enriched these two countries, making their population ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse; the Canadian and American political spheres have not changed accordingly. With her study, Sara aimed to understand the conditions under which immigrant minorities can become adequately represented in the political systems of their adopted countries. 

Drawing both from comparative political studies and political sociology, Sara explored the effects of different integration policy contexts on the levels and types of political participation among immigrants.

Born in Southern Europe with cosmopolitan aspirations, Sara developed her interest in immigration studies while reading for her Master's in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. While observing the recent dramatic gains of the anti-immigrant rhetoric in a country previously known for its long-standing commitment to multiculturalism, she became interested in the role that immigrant organizations' play as catalysts for immigrants' political engagement. Her current research aims to unravel how policy contexts affect immigrants' organizational life and, thus, political participation.

In addition to the Trudeau Scholarship, Sara has also received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. In 2013, she received the Mandelbaum Award for Excellence in the Social Sciences by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association. Prior to starting her doctorate, Sara gained professional experience in human rights and development work. Sara is trained in, and passionate about, cross-cultural communication.