Dr. Stacey Wilson-Forsberg is an Associate Professor in the Human Rights & Human Diversity program at Wilfrid Laurier University and current Director of the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa. Her research and much of her teaching focus on migration and multiculturalism. She is especially interested in the experiences of youth with refugee backgrounds in schools and the labour market, and migrants with precarious immigration status in North America, Africa, and Latin America. Her ongoing research in Canada includes a SSHRC IG-Funded national study of the transition to postsecondary education of African refugee youth in partnership with universities in six provinces. She also leads three community-engaged research projects with Waterloo ON-based partner Adventure4Change focusing on youth with refugee backgrounds from the Horn of Africa and is co-investigator on a study of young African immigrant entrepreneurs led by Laurier colleague Dr. Oliver Masakure. Dr. Wilson-Forsberg’s ethnographic research with irregular migrants in Mexico has revolved around themes of social exclusion, belonging, identity, coping and solidarity. It includes an arts-based study of the use of murals to help refugee claimants cope with the long wait for asylum and a new study with Laurier colleague Dr. Abderrahman Beggar called “Life in Unintended Destinations: Stories of Sub-Saharan African Migrants in Morocco and Mexico,” which will result in a book of migrant stories published for a wide audience. Recent publications include a textbook published by Oxford University Press edited with Laurier colleague Andrew M. Robinson called Immigrant Youth in Canada: Theoretical Approaches, Practical Issues, and Professional Perspectives (2018), a book focusing on immigrant youth in New Brunswick called “Getting Used to the Quiet” published by McGill-Queen’s University Press (2012), and journal articles in Race, Ethnicity and Education, Journal of International Migration and Integration, the Journal of Teaching and Learning, Comparative and International Studies, and Canadian Ethnic Studies. Along with producing scholarly articles, she frequently contributes short articles and opinion pieces to print and online newspapers.
Associate Professor, Human Rights & Human Diversity program, Wilfrid Laurier University
Director, Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa