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Tanya Basok


Dr. Tanya Basok research focuses principally on migration and migrant rights. She has conducted research on violations of human rights in Central America, refugee movements, refugee settlement in Central American countries, the Canadian refugee policy and its application, professional certification of former Soviet Jewish physicians in Canada, anti-Semitism and nationalism in the former Soviet Union, volunteer retention in community agencies concerned with Social Justice, Mexican migrant workers in Canada, organized labour’s and grassroots advocacy for migrant rights in Canada and the U.S. and, more recently, the rights of female migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is particularly interested in how the notions of citizenship rights and human rights have been articulated and negotiated by grassroots and international organizations to advance the rights of migrants.

Tanya Basok teaches courses on Social Justice, International Development, and Migration.


"Mobility in Transnational Zones of Precarity: A View from the Guatemala-Mexico Border". (The research, conducted in collaboration with Danièle Bélanger, Laval University, and Martha Rojas Wiesner, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico, aims to highlight low-skilled international labour migrants’ experiences as they navigate various migration and employment options in a transnational space.)



Basok, T., D. Bélanger, M. L. Rojas Wiesner, and G. Candiz, 2015. Rethinking Transit Migration: Precarity, Mobility, and Self-Making in Mexico, Palgrave Macmillan Press

Basok, T. and S. Ilcan. 2013 Social Justice, Citizenship, and Transnational Struggles, Oxford University Press.


Basok, T. and D. Bélanger. 2016. Migration Management, Disciplinary Power, and Performances of Subjec­tivity: Agricultural Migrant Workers’ in Ontario, Canadian Journal of Sociology, 41 (2): 139-63

Basok, T. and A. Lopez. 2015 "Rights and Restrictions: Temporary Agricultural Migrants and Trade Unions’ Activism in Canada and Spain", Journal of International Migration and Integration, DOI 10.1007/s12134-015-0465-6

Basok, T., A. Hall, and E. Rivas. 2014. “Claiming Rights to Workplace Safety: Latin American Immigrant Workers in Southwestern Ontario” Canadian Ethnic Studies 46 (3): 35-53

Basok, T., D. Bélanger, and Eloy Rivas. 2014. “Deportability, Discipline, and Agency: Migrant Agricultural Workers in Southwestern Ontario”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40 (9): 1394–1413

Basok, T. and N. Piper. 2012. “Management Versus Rights: Women’s Migration and Global Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Feminist Economics, 18 (2): 35-61

2010. Basok, Tanya and Carasco, Emily. Advancing the Rights of Non-Citizens in Canada: A Human Rights Approach to Migrant Rights, Human Rights Quarterly, 32(2): 342-366

2009. Basok, Tanya, Counter-Hegemonic Human Rights Discourses and Migrant Rights Activism in the U.S. and Canada., International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 50 (2): 179-201.

2008. Basok, Tanya, Constructing Grassroots Citizenship for Non-Citizens, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 20 (3): 265-272.

2008. Basok, Tanya, The Intersections of the Economic and Cultural in the U.S. Labors Pro-Migrant Politics, Social Justice, 35 (4): 12-32

2006. Basok, T. and Suzan Ilcan “In the Name of Human Rights: Global Organizations and Participating Citizens,” Citizenship Studies, 10 (3), 309-328

2004. Ilcan, Suzan and Tanya Basok “Community Government: Voluntary Agencies, Social Justice, and the Responsibilization of Citizens” Citizenship Studies, 8 (2): 129-144

2004. Basok, Tanya "Post-national Citizenship, Social Exclusion and Migrants Rights: Mexican Seasonal Workers in Canada," Citizenship Studies 8(1): 47-64

2003. Basok, Tanya and Suzan Ilcan "The Voluntary Sector and the Depoliticization of Civil Society: Implications for Social Justice" International Journal of Canadian Studies, 28: 111-129

2003. Basok, Tanya “Mexican Seasonal Migration to Canada and Development: A Community-Based Comparison.” International Migration, 41 (2), pp. 3-25

2002. Basok, Tanya. Tortillas and Tomatoes. Mexican Transmigrant Harvesters in Canada. McGill-Queen’s Press

2002. Basok, Tanya. “Fragmented Identities: The Case of Former Soviet Jews in Toronto,” Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research 2 (4), pp. 341-360

2000. Basok, Tanya. “Obstacles to Productive Investment: Mexican Farm Workers in Canada," International Migration Review, 34 (1), pp. 79-97

2000. Basok, Tanya. “He Came, He Saw, He... Stayed. Guest Worker Programs and the Issue of Non-Return,"International Migration, 38 (2), pp. 215-238

1999. Basok, Tanya. “Free to Be Unfree: Mexican Guest Workers in Canada,” Labour, Capital and Societ, 32 (2), pp. 192-221





Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Other

Geographical focuses

Ontario, México, and Quebec

Spheres of activity

Law, Political science, and Sociology


English and Spanish