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.