Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science

Camille Desmares’ interests include immigration and asylum politics, immigrants and refugees’ integration processes, identity politics, discourses of exclusion in the media and the exploration of non-state centered approaches to diversity accommodation.

Camille Desmares’ interests include immigration and asylum politics, immigrants and refugees’ integration processes, identity politics, discourses of exclusion in the media and the exploration of non-state centered approaches to diversity accommodation.

Camille’s academic and professional initiatives have been driven by the idea that carrying out action-oriented research can inform decision-making as well as ease newcomers’ and host societies’ experiences. Her PhD dissertation investigates the representation of Syrian forced migrants as ‘others’ and ‘foreigners’ from a relative French common identity from 2011 to 2016. With an in-depth study of online media sources, parliamentary debates and public speeches, she addresses the role of foreigners in shaping national identity and the role of national identity in the perception and exclusion of foreigners.

Camille has worked as a consultant for the United Nations and the Ministère de l’Immigration, Diversité et Inclusion of Quebec. She has also worked closely with NGOs specialized in immigrants and refugees’ settlement and integration in Vancouver. Through her research experience in international organizations, public administration and academia, Camille has become acquainted with a broad range of migration stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of migration and asylum policies.

Camille received a B.A. in economics and political science (2010) and a M.A. in political science (2012) from the Université de Montréal. In 2015, she was a visiting student at the Centre of Political Research (CEVIPOF) of Sciences Po Paris.