Glynis George

Dr. Glynis GeorgeGlynis George, PhD, MA, BA
Associate Professor

Office: 161 CHS
Telephone: 519-253-3000 ext. 2196



Immigrant settlement; Community-based research; Qualitative methodologies; Culture and gender.

Dr. George’s recent research has focused on the experiences of immigrant newcomers and the ways in which newcomers are included and excluded from community/urban social and political contexts.   Her research focus is reflected in her recent project:

  • Welcoming Initiatives and Newcomer Settlement in Windsor Essex (in collaboration with Jane Ku and funded by Trillium Foundation).  This project examined immigrant newcomer experiences in Windsor Essex and opportunities and strategies of community engagement in welcoming immigrant newcomers

Current projects include:

  • Being an International Student in Windsor: Experiences of Studying, Living, and Volunteering (in collaboration with Tanya Basok).  This project explores the experiences of international students’ experiences in Canada, including: their experiences of volunteering; their reasons for coming to study in Canada; their social integration and their perceptions of belonging in Canada.
  • International Farm Workers in Essex County: Belonging and Socially Inclusive Rural Communities (a Mitacs-funded project).  This project examines the experiences of migrant workers in Windsor Essex and explores strategies for their social inclusion in public urban spaces.

Overall, her current research emerges from her interest in the interplay between cultural practice, and the social and community dynamics that underplay difference (reflected in her previous research in Newfoundland, India and within the Tamil-Canadian Diaspora).  Dr. George has a long-term interest in qualitative methodologies, specifically, actor-centred perspectives and narrative analysis.  This interest is reflected in her teaching and in new directions in her research towards more arts-based research methodologies.


  • PhD, University of Toronto, Anthropology
  • MA, University of Toronto, Anthropology
  • BA, University of Toronto, Social Anthropology

Recent and Key Publications

  • George, G. & E. D. Selimos (2018). Using narrative research to explore the welcoming of newcomer imigrants: A methodological reflection on a Community-based Research Project, FQS: Forum Qualitative Social Research, 19(2): Art. 9. May.

  • Selimos, E.D. and G. George.  (2018). Welcoming Initiatives and the Social Inclusion of Newcomer Youth: The Case of Windsor, Ontario, Canadian Ethnic Studies 50(3).

  • George, G., E, D. Selimos, and J. Ku (2017). Welcoming initiatives and immigrant attachment: The case of Windsor. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 18(1), 29-45.

  • George, G. & E. D, Selimos (2017). Searching for belonging and confronting exclusion: A person-centered approach to immigrant settlement experiences in Canada. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, Online first.

  • George, Glynis 2012. The Canadian Tamil Diaspora and the Politics of Canadian Multiculturalism, Identities: Studies in Power and Globalization, vol. 8, no. 1

  • George, G and Ku, Jane. "The Case of Windsor", Glynis George and Jane Ku, in Immigration, Integration and Inclusion in Ontario Cities, John Biles and Caroline Andrew (eds), (McGill-Queens University Press, 2012).


  • 2015-2016 Ministry of Colleges and Universities ($71,400)
  • 2013-2014 Trillium Foundation (with Co-Investigator, Dr. Jane Ku) ($95,000)
  • 2014-2015 FAHSS (with Principal Investigaor, Dr. Jane Ku (1$0,000)

Community Involvement

  • Windsor-Essex Immigration Partnership Council, Faculty Advisory (2009 - present)
  • Applied Research Network, Windsor