Research Topics

Intersections of gender, sexuality, racialization and class;
Processes of immigration and settlement in Canada;
Gender, racialization, work and trade unions.

Current Research Activities

“The New African Diaspora in Vancouver: Migration, Exclusion and Belonging”, examines gendered differences in experiences of resettlement, including persistent marginalization and exclusion alongside diverse community building practices, among African immigrants and refugees in metro Vancouver (funded by SSHRC).

“African Immigrant Youth: Challenges Facing Teen Migrants”, in collaboration with Umoja Operation Compassion Society/African Family Services, the project addresses the challenges, needs, and strategies developed by youth who migrate during their teen years (funded by Metropolis).

“Growing up African-Canadian in Metro Vancouver: Child Migrants Negotiate Adulthood”, a new project that will investigate the longer term integration and community building among the 2nd generation in the new African diaspora (funded by SSHRC).


Gillian Creese, 2011. The New African Diaspora in Vancouver: Migration, Exclusion and Belonging. Toronto: University of Toronto Press

Gillian Creese and Wendy Frisby, editors, 2011. Feminist Community Research: Case Studies and Methodologies. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

Gillian Creese (2007). “Racializing Work/Reproducing White Privilege”, Work and Labour in Tumultuous Times: Critical Perspectives, edited by Vivian Shalla and Wallace Clement. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press: 192-226.

Gillian Creese, (2007). “From Africa to Canada: Bordered Spaces, Border Crossings and Imagined Communities, Interrogating Race and Racism, edited by Vijay Agnew. Toronto: University of Toronto Press: 348-381.

Gillian Creese and Edith Kambere, (2007). “What Colour is Your English?”, reprinted in Reading Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, edited by Lorne Tepperman and Harley Dickinson. Toronto: Oxford University Press: 231-233.

Gillian Creese, Isabelle Dyck and Arlene Tigar McLaren (2008), “The ‘Flexible’ Immigrant? Human Capital Discourse, the Family Household and Labour Market Strategies” Journal of International Migration and Integration, Vol. 9, pp 269-288.

Gillian Creese and Veronica Strong-Boag (2008), “Canada”, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, edited by Bonnie G. Smith. Oxford University Press, 2008 (Feb). In print and on web (13 pages) at

Gillian Creese, Arlene Tigar McLaren and Jane Pulkingham (2009), “Rethinking Burawoy: Reflections from Canadian feminist sociology”, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Vol. 34, No. 3: 601- 622.

Gillian Creese and Brenda Beagan (2009),  “Gender at Work: Strategies for Equality in Neo-liberal Times”, Social Inequality in Canada, Fifth Edition, Edward Grabb and Neil Guppy (eds.), Pearson Education Canada: 224-236.

Gillian Creese, Isabel Dyck and Arlene Tigar McLaren (2009), “Gender, Generation and the ‘Immigrant Family’”     Negotiating Migration Processes”, accepted for Family Patterns, Gender Relations, Third Edition, Bonnie Fox (ed.), Oxford University Press:496-508.

Gillian Creese (2010) “Erasing English language competency: African immigrants in Vancouver, Canada”, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Volume 11, No. 3: 295-313.

Isabel Dyck, Gillian Creese and Arlene Tigar  McLaren (2011), “The problem of ‘human capital’: Gender, place and immigrant household strategies of reskilling in Vancouver, Canada”, Gender, Generations and the Family in International Migration, Albert Kraler (Ed), IMISCOE book series, Amsterdam University Press: 97-113.

Gillian Creese and Brandy Wiebe (in press) “Survival Employment: Gender and deskilling among African immigrants in Canada, International Migration.

Gillian Creese (in press), “Negotiating Migration, Destabilizing Masculine Identities”, ”, in Jason Laker, editor, Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities: An Introductory Reader. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Gillian Creese, Wendy Frisby, Xin Huang and Edith Kambere (in press), “Working across race, language and culture with African and Chinese immigrant communities”, in Creese and Frisby, editors, Feminist Community Research: Case Studies and Methodologies. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Winter 2018
No SOCI course(s) were found for W2018 term.

Teaching Areas

Canadian Society; Feminist Research Methods; Gender and Society; Immigration and Racialization; Social Inequality


Ph.D. Carleton University, 1986