Associate Professor | Director of the PhD in Global Governance | Interim Director, Academic Leadership Program

Jasmin HabibAreas of specialization

  • Refugees and Diasporas
  • Settler-Colonialism, Postcolonialism, Anti-Racism
  • Nonviolence, Peace and Social Justice Movements
  • Ethnography and Autoethnography
  • Israel/Palestine
  • Arab Cultures and Communities
  • Indigenous Practices and Relations
  • US Culture and Politics


BA (Trent); MA (Notre Dame); PhD (McMaster)

Founding director of the Global Engagement Seminar Program and an Associate Professor in the Global Governance Program, Jasmin Habib holds a PhD in Anthropology and an MA in International Peace Studies. Her research publications focus on the politics of empire and the practices of decolonization with primary interest in the experiences of war-affected refugees now living in Israel, Palestine, Canada and the United States; indigenous practices and relations of autonomy in North America; and the architecture of consent for contemporary state violence (systemic and direct).

Dr. Habib’s work is primarily ethnographic and collaborative. Her research methodologies and practices are informed by postcolonial, diaspora, indigenous and feminist theories of the state; and the theories of spatial and visual cultures of violence/non-violence.

Dr. Habib is past-Editor-in-Chief and Anglophone Editor of Anthropologica, the flagship journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society and General Editor of the Cultural Spaces series at the University of Toronto Press.

Academic Awards (selected)

  • Co-applicant, « Les Possédés et leurs mondes 2.0. - connexions et diffusion de l'anthropologie canadienne » with Frederic Laugrand, SSHRC Connections Grant
  • Principal Investigator, “A Socio-Cultural Mapping of the Canadian Arab Community,” SSHRC Partnership Development Grant
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Clandestine Migration and Human Insecurity, with Cetta Mainwaring, Watson Institute Brown University and UW/International Research Partnership
  • Principal Investigator, “Critical Distance: Israeli Emigres and the Israeli/Palestine Conflict, Robert Harding Award/SSHRC University of Waterloo
  • Co-Applicant with Dr. Harvey Feit (McMaster), Ethnography and Indigenous Co-Authorship: Multi-Vocal Texts and a Monograph on James Bay Crees Visions and Practices of Relational Co-Governance, SSHRC Standard Research Grant

Professional Awards (selected)

2018 Outstanding Research and Teaching Award, University of Waterloo

2017 Faculty of Arts Service Award, University of Waterloo

2009 Outstanding Research and Teaching Award, University of Waterloo

2007 Merit Award, Office of the Vice-President and Provost, Wilfrid Laurier University

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Teaching and learning profile in the Arts

"How do you know that you have met a Professor who not only has a magic way with words, but also has the key to unlock hidden pieces of knowledge you may already have? You go in for a short interview, and come out hours later having learned so much not only about the professor, but also about yourself!  Dr. Jasmin Habib is the embodiment of such a thought-provoking and insightful instructor. She wears many hats: she is a story-teller, a nurturer of curiosity, a supportive mentor, and a facilitator of self-reflective knowledge acquisition."  

"My greatest hope is that we have piqued our students' curiosity and that we have inspired them to want to learn more" - Jasmin Habib

Experiential Research

Dr. Jasmin Habib always been keen to demystify the scholarly research and writing process for our students. In her role as Editor in Chief and Editor of English Manuscripts for Anthropologica (the journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society), she has introduced students to the practices and responsibilities associated with editing an academic journal, from a paper’s submission, through review, to its production. In SSHRC funded projects, including “A Socio-Cultural Mapping of the Canadian Arab Community: Migration, Settlement and Integration”, Jasmin has shared everything from grant proposal writing strategies, to the research ethics review process, as well as engaging students in the project itself. Research assistance involved library and media searches for relevant sources; annotating selected sources for scholars, policy makers and the wider community; finding ways to build on a students’ own research interests in meaningful ways; and discussing opportunities for and working towards collaboration and co-authorship. Given Jasmin’s research is ethnographic and draws on postcolonial and postmodern critique, primarily of empire and its violent logics, research topics ranged from the theoretical to the empirical and included, for example, the experiences of war- affected refugees and transnational relationships among and between displaced communities; understanding the links between oil politics, regimes of terror and Canada’s interventionist as well as (though less evident) peacebuilding policies abroad, especially in the Middle East; and theories and practices of frontline diplomacy.  Allowing students to draw on their own experiences and insights – as well as their engagement in their own and overseas communities -- has enriched Jasmin’s research. Their contributions have been invaluable.

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