Anna Korteweg

Anna C. Korteweg (On Leave)


Anna Korteweg (Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga, PhD 2004 Sociology, University of California, Berkeley) is an accomplished researcher, digital storyteller, and builder of scholarly communities, whose work focuses on understanding the position of Muslim citizens in contemporary European and North American societies. She has published extensively on debates surrounding the wearing of the headscarf, so-called “honour-based” violence, and Sharia law. Her current SSHRC-funded research focuses on the return of women and men who joined ISIS to their European home countries.  In addition, she is investigating the co-construction of borders and subjectivity in LGBTQ+ refugee politics, and the citizenship implications of refugee sponsorship in Canada. She has published two monographs: The Headscarf Debates: Conflicts of National Belonging (Stanford UP 2014, with Gökçe Yurdakul, 2016 German translation with transcript Verlag) and Debating Sharia: Islam, Gender Politics, and Family Law Arbitration (edited with Jennifer Selby, UToronto Press 2012), as well as over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She was a visiting professor at the Department of Sociology, the University of Bielefeld (2013), and at the Amsterdam Center for European Studies, University of Amsterdam (2022). Korteweg was Chair of the Department of Sociology from 2015-20. Her research has been funded by multiple grants from the Social Science Research Council Canada, and funding from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdient (DAAD), and the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS), among others. Korteweg is co-editor of Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society

Ph.D. (Sociology, University of California at Berkeley)


Recent Articles

Abji, Salina and Anna C. Korteweg, 2021. “’Honour’-based Violence and the Politics of Culture in Canada: Advancing a Cultural Analysis of Multi-Scalar Violence.” International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies 12(1):73-92. (Open Access)

Yurdakul, Gökçe and Anna C. Korteweg. 2021. “Boundary Regimes and the Gendered Racialized Production of Muslim Masculinities: Cases from Canada and Germany.” Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies 19(1):39-54. (Open Access)

Altay, Tunay, Gökçe Yurdakul, and Anna C. Korteweg. 2020. “Crossing Borders: The Intersectional Marginalization of Bulgarian Muslim Trans*Immigrant Sex Workers in Berlin. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 47(9):1922-1939. (Open Access)

Korteweg, Anna C. and Gökçe Yurdakul. 2020. “Liberal Feminism and Postcolonial Difference: Debating Headscarves in France, the Netherlands, and Germany.” Social Compass. (Open Access)

Yurdakul, Gökçe and Anna C. Korteweg. 2020. “State Responsibility and Differential Inclusion: Addressing Honor-Based Violence in the Netherlands and Germany.” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society 27(2):187-211. (Open Access; Editor's Choice)

Abji, Salina, Anna C. Korteweg, and Lawrence H. Williams. 2019. "Culture Talk and the Politics of the New Right: Navigating Gendered Racism in Attempts to Address Violence against Women in Immigrant Communities." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 44(3):797-822.


Gender; Race and Racialization; Ethnicity; Immigration; Citizenship; Law and Social Policy; Muslims in Europe/European Muslims; Refugee Studies; Interpretative Methods
Current Courses
SOC221H5, SOC359H5, SOC433H5