Dr. Karimi is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (working with Dr. Rima Wilkes) at the Department of Sociology, UBC. Dr. Karimi is also an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (working with Dr. Karen Shoenwaelder) at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gottingen, Germany. He is an affiliate researcher with the UBC Migration Research Excellence Cluster. Building on his experiences of conducting qualitative sociological research, he is now exploring the impacts of participation in the Canadian Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program on Canadian citizens regarding their viewpoints on citizenship and belonging as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the PSR program. Dr. Karimi is now expanding this project into a comparative study of private refugee sponsorship in Canada and Germany.
Dr. Karimi’s current research focuses on two main areas:
1- Exploring the daily experiences of private refugee sponsors with the PSR program and the ways we can improve the policy and program to encourage future participation of Canadians in supporting refugee resettlement;
2- Understanding the theoretical impacts of cross-group interactions between Canadian citizens and their sponsored refugees regarding the possibilities of changing group boundaries and promoting sustainable societal attitudes towards human rights and feelings of belonging.
- Karimi, A. Limits of Social Capital for Refugee Integration: The Case of Iranian Gay Refugees’ Integration in Canada. International Migration. DOI: 10.1111/imig.12691
- Karimi, A. Refugees’ Transnational Practices: Gay Iranian Men Navigating Refugee Status and Cross-Border Ties in Canada. Social Currents. DOI: 10.1177/2329496519875484
- Karimi, A. Marital Status, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Doing Fieldwork among Sexual-Racial Minority Refugees in Canada: An Intersectional Methodology. Sociological Inquiry. DOI: 10.1111/soin.12316
- Karimi, A. Sexuality and Integration: A Case of Iranian Gay Refugees’ Collective Memories and Integration Practices in Canada. Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI: 1080/01419870.2018.1550207
- Okeke, P. & Salami, B. & Karimi, A. African immigrant women’s transition and integration into Canadian society: expectations, stressors, and tensions. Gender, Place & Culture. 26(4) 581-601.
- Karimi, A. & Bucerius, S. & Thopmson, S. 2018. Gender Identity and Integration: Second-Generation Somali Immigrants Navigating Gender in Canada. Ethnic and Racial Studies. 42(9) 1534-1553.
- Karimi, A. & Bayatrizi, Z. 2018. Dangerous Positions: Male Homosexuality in the New Penal Code of Iran. Punishment & Society. 21(4) 417–434
- Karimi, A. and Bucerius, S.M., 2018. Colonized Subjects and Their Emigration Experiences. The Case of Iranian Students and Their Integration Strategies in Western Europe.Migration Studies (an Oxford Publication). 6(1) 1-19.
- Karimi, A. Hamjensgara Belongs to Family; Exclusion and Inclusion of Male Homosexuality Through Regulation of Family Structure in Iran. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 25(4) 456-474
- Okeke, P. & Salami, B. & Karimi, A. 2016. African Immigrant Women’s Experience in Host Societies: A Scoping Review. Journal of Gender Studies. Vol. 27 (4), 428-444
- Karimi, A. 2016. Iranian Homosexuals; Social Identity Formation and Question of Femininity. Culture & Psychology, Vol. 22(2) 296–313
- Book review: Karimi, A. Review of Hector Carrillo, Pathways of desire: The sexual migration of Mexican gay men, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. Men and Masculinities. DOI: 10.1177/1097184X19874859
Work under review:
Karimi, A. Multiculturalism, Nationalism, and Social Integration: The Case of Canada. Migration Studies.
Work in progress:
Karimi, A. Wilkes, R. Integration as a Two-Way Process between National Identities and Policies: The Case of Canada
Karimi, A. We Refugees Revisited: Is Refugee as a Socio-Legal Category Sustainable in the 21st Century?
• Canadian Sociological Association’s 2019 Outstanding Graduating Student Award Recipient
• Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, University of Alberta
• Society of Edmonton Demographers Scholarship for Ph.D. Students in Population Research, University of Alberta
• DAAD Research Grant, German Academic Exchange Programms, University of Freiburg, Germany
• The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the University of Alberta Academic Exchanges, Beijing, China
• Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, Semi-finalist
• Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi Graduate Scholarship in Human Rights, University of Alberta