Special CAN colloquium – Meet our postdoctoral finalists!

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Special Colloquium Lecture:
Meet Our Postdoctoral Finalists!
As part of our mission to advance cutting-edge research on Canada, the Canadian Studies Program is excited to announce that we are close to hiring our first-ever full-time postdoctoral scholar. In a special invitation to our friends and supporters, we invite you to meet the first of our two finalists at a presentation next Tuesday, March 10.
Shared Heuristics: How Organizational Culture Shapes Asylum Policy, feat. Dr. Nicholas Fraser
Lecture | March 10 | 12:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
What explains cross-national variation in asylum recognition rates? Refugee policy is unique in that it is the only form of migration policy that is codified into international law. Moreover, the United Nations High Commissioner actively monitors and guides implementation across the world. However, in many countries, bureaucratic agencies dominate the quasi-judicial process through which asylum-seekers are granted protective status.
Using a mixed methods approach that includes interviews with bureaucrats and refugee advocates in a variety of western and non-western developed countries, Dr. Fraser places Canadian asylum policy in a comparative perspective. Challenging conventional political science explanations of asylum policy that focus on international norms, party politics, or institutional rules, he shows that how bureaucratic culture accounts for patterns of very high or low recognition rates in jurisdictions where decision-makers enjoy a high degree of autonomy.
Nicholas A. R. Fraser recently completed his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Toronto, specializing in comparative politics and public policy. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Calgary, as well as M.A.s in political science from the University of British Columbia and Waseda University. His research has been funded by various research grants, including the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.
Save the date – our second finalist presents Tuesday, March 17.
Don’t Forget: Big Give is next Thursday!
The Big Give, Berkeley’s annual day of giving, is almost here. On March 12, we hope you’ll show your support for Canadian Studies by making a gift of any size online. Your gift could help us win thousands of dollars in special contest prizes – at no extra cost to you!
You’ll get an email from us tomorrow with more details, but you can click here for a preview of the contests. We hope you’ll join us then!
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