Melissa Finn

Melissa Finn specializes in the study of immigrant women, feminist economics, citizenship, transnationalism, youth studies, and cultural analysis.

She is currently conducting research for a 5-year study on underemployment and barriers to entrepreneurial success for visible minority newcomer women in Canada for an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)-funded project. Part of this project, also funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), is to examine the impact of the digital transformation, automation, robotics, AI, and substitution (and economic scarring due to Covid restrictions) on immigrant women’s work.

Prior to her current research on immigrant women and work, she worked with Dr. Bessma Momani from 2015 – 2017 on a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation-funded project on Canadian Arab youth and conducted research on countering violent extremism.

This research period was divided into two programmes of study: 1) citizenship and identity: citizenship mobilization (for example, how people make the concept of citizenship meaningful through their actions), political agency, and refusal among ethnic minorities and other marginalized communities in Canada, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and East Africa; and 2) critical studies on terrorism and global conflict: comparative studies of state and non-state terrorism, and youth evaluations of counter-terrorism policies.


  • Finn, Melissa. 2012. Al-Qaeda and Sacrifice: Martyrdom, War and Politics. London: Pluto Press.
  • Finn, Melissa, Eid Mohamed, and Bessma Momani. 2021. Digital Archiving of Diasporic Cultural Productions and Transnational Citizenship of Arabs in the West. DIASPORA.
  • Finn, Melissa and Bessma Momani. 2019. “Transnational Citizenship Mobilization among Canadian Arab Youth: An Engaged Social Movement for Change in the Middle East.” Canadian Ethnic Studies 51 (1): 25-68.
  • Finn, Melissa, Michael Opatowski, and Bessma Momani. 2018. “Transnational Citizenship Capacity-Building: Moving the Conversation in New Directions.” International Political Sociology 12: 291- 305.
  • Finn, Melissa, Jenna Hennebry, and Bessma Momani. 2018. “Canadian Arab Youth at the Border: Cultural Dissociation, Fear Management, and Disciplining Practices in Securitised Spaces.” Journal of International Migration and Integration (JIMI) 19: 667- 682.
  • Finn, Melissa and Bessma Momani. 2017. “Voting in Controversy: A Critical Analysis of the Canadian Arab Youth Vote in the 2015.” Canadian Political Science Review 11 (1): 61- 89.
  • Finn, Melissa and Bessma Momani. 2017. “Established and Emergent Political Subjectivities in Circular Human Geographies: Transnational Arab Activists.” Citizenship Studies 21 (1): 22- 43.
  • Finn, Melissa and Bessma Momani. 2017. “Building Foundations for the Comparative Study of State and Non-State Terrorism.” Critical Studies on Terrorism: 1- 25.
  • Finn, Melissa, Bessma Momani, Michael Opatowski, and Michael Opondo. 2016. “Youth Evaluations of CVE/PVE Programming in Kenya in Context.” Journal for Deradicalization (Summer).