Anna C. Korteweg

Professor Sociology
Office Location:
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga , ON
L5L 1C6

Anna Korteweg (PhD 2004, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Professor Korteweg’s research focuses on the political debates regarding the integration of Muslim immigrants in Western Europe and Canada. She analyzes the ways in which the problem of immigrant integration is constructed in the intersections of gender, religion, ethnicity and national origin. She has analyzed debates surrounding the wearing of the headscarf, so-called “honour-based” violence, and Sharia law. Professor Korteweg is particularly interested in the symbolic and material consequences of the resulting narratives of belonging. She has published the following books The Headscarf Debates: Conflicts of National Belonging (Stanford University Press 2014, with Gökçe Yurdakul); Debating Sharia: Islam, Gender Politics, and Family Law Arbitration (edited with Jennifer Selby, University of Toronto Press 2012). In addition, she has published articles in a wide range of journals, including Annual Review of Sociology, Theory and Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social Politics, Gender and Society, Social Identities, Nations and Nationalism, Women’s Studies International Forum, Canadian Criminal Law Review, European Journal of Women’s Studies, and International Journal of Feminist Politics. Professor Korteweg is currently conducting three collaborative SSHRC-funded research projects: 1) on deportability and the gendered and gendering effects of the increasing precariousness of residence status in Canada (with Rupaleem Bhuyan), 2) on private sponsors of refugees in Canada (with Audrey Macklin, Luin Goldring and Jennifer Hyndman), and 3) on the sexual violence and sexual cultures on a university campus (with Erik Schneiderhan and others). In addition, she is continuing to work with her longstanding collaborator, Dr. Gökçe Yurdakul, on issues surrounding gender, race, and diversity in contemporary Europe.


Citizenship and Immigration, w/ I Bloemraad and G Yurdakul, Annual Review of Sociology, 2008. The Sharia Debate in Ontario: Gender, Agency, and Representations of Muslim Women's Agency, Gender & Society, 2008. Islam, Gender, and Immigrant Integration: Discourses on Honour Killing in the Netherlands and Germany, w/ G Yurdakul. Ethnic and Racial Studies, forthcoming. The Construction of Gendered Citizenship at the Welfare Office, Social Politics, 2006. The Murder of Theo Van Gogh: Gender, Religion and the Struggle over Immigrant Integration in the Netherlands. In Migration, Citizenship, Ethnos, M Bodemann & G Yurdakul, eds. Palgrave 2006


Gender, Ethnicity and Immigration, Citizenship, Welfare State, Social Policy, Culture


Political Sociology, Gender and Immigration
Current Courses: 
SOC375H5, SOC433H5
Ph.D. (Sociology, University of California at Berkeley)