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Beth Martin, PhD, Policy Studies

Research interest:

As a recipient of a prestigious SSHRC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Beth’s doctoral research explores how immigration policy affects the experiences of immigrants who are separated from their families and how applicants experience the family reunification program. With a background in social work, she is focused on how immigration policy benefits some populations whilst marginalising others.

“Ryerson seemed to be the best place in Canada to focus on the intersection of immigration and policy; Toronto hosts the greatest proportion of new immigrants each year so the opportunities to explore the experiences of a wide range of immigrants are tremendous."

 

Why Ryerson?

“Ryerson seemed to be the best place in Canada to focus on the intersection of immigration and policy; Toronto hosts the greatest proportion of new immigrants each year so the opportunities to explore the experiences of a wide range of immigrants are tremendous. The program itself is interdisciplinary with students from all sorts of backgrounds and professors studying immigration issues in a wide range of faculties. It also helped that the administrators from the program went out of their way to help me with my application because at the time I was working overseas.”

 

Advice for prospective grad students?

“Choose carefully – try and talk in advance to the program director, administrator, current students and anyone else involved in the program you are considering. Also think about location – will it suit you psychologically, socially and financially? If you are applying to a multi-year course, these factors have a huge impact on your ability to concentrate on your research.”

 

After Ryerson:

Hopes to pursue a post-doc in the US to research how American immigration policies contrast to Canada’s.