Secil Ertorer

Associate Professor Sociology & Collaborative Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
Masters of Art in Sociology, Hacettepe University, Turkey.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Hacettepe University, Turkey.
Certificate in Psychology, Hacettepe University, Turkey.


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Secil E. Ertorer received her Ph.D. in Sociology with a specialization in Migration and Ethnic relations from The University of Western Ontario, Canada. She taught at the University of Western Ontario, King’s University College, and York University before joining Canisisus in 2017. Her teaching interests include international migration, research methods, race and ethnicity courses in addition to introductory level sociology courses. Dr. Ertorer’s research interests lie in the areas of international migration, refugee studies, race and ethnicity, integration, and identity. She has conducted fieldwork in England, Canada, and Turkey, interviewing Kurdish, Karen, Burmese, and Syrian refugees and representatives of humanitarian agencies and getting involved in social movements that aim to raise awareness on refugee issues.

In her research, Dr Ertorer focuses on settlement experiences, integration, and identity re-construction of refugees. Recently, she has been working on a project on the Syrian refugee crisis. She has published on asylum seeking and settlement experiences of refugees as well as identity and integration processes of refugees and immigrants. Her current book project looks at intercultural competency and draws on a research Dr. Ertorer conducted on workplace diversity and immigrant experiences at the North American workplace.


  • Canisius College Dean’s Summer Research Grant
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Innovation Grant
  • Canisius College Mission and Identity Program Development and Research Grant   
  • Canisius College Honors Program New Course Competition
  • SSHRC Small Research Grants
  • York LAPS International Collaborative Research Grant
  • Mitacs-Accelerate Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Canadian Sociological Association
  • The Ellen Nilsen Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Department of Sociology, The University of Western Ontario


Ertorer, Secil. (2021). Asylum Regimes and Refugee Experiences of Precarity: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Turkey. Journal of Refugee Studies. Doi:10.1093/jrs/feaa089

Long, Jennifer & Ertorer Secil (2021). Using Experiences of Sexism to Build Awareness and Engagement of White Skin Privilege in the Classroom. In Ellyn Lyle & Sepideh Mahani (Eds.) Sister Scholars: Untangling Issues of Identity as Women in Academe. Pp. 175-182. DIO Press Inc., New York. ISBN: 978-1-64504-088-0; 978-1-64504-089-7

Ertorer, Secil; Long, Jennifer; Fellin, Melissa and Esses, Vicki. (2020). Immigrant Perceptions of Integration in the Canadian Workplace. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal. Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. Doi: 10.1108/EDI-02-2019-0086

Butera, Anita & Ertorer, Secil (2020). Restrictive Asylum Policies and Reflections in the Labor Market: The Cases of Italy and Turkey. In Freitas-Castro, E. and Maia-Tavares S. (Eds.) Current Challenges in Migration Policy and Law.(pp. 9-32). Transnational Press, London, UK. ISBN: 978-1-910781-77-7.

Esses, V.M., Ertorer, S., & Fellin, M. (2017). Refugees. In F.M. Moghaddam (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Ertorer, Secil (2016). Acculturating into the Canadian Society: A Case of Karen Refugees. CJMS Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Erdogan Ertorer, Secil (2014). Managing Identity in the Face of Refugee Resettlement. Identity: An International Journal of Theory & Research, Special Issue: Problematic Identity Processes. Vol. 14 (4): 268-285.

Cleveland, Mark; Erdogan, Secil; Arıkan, Gülay & Poyraz, Tuğça (2011), Cosmopolitanism, Individual-Level Values and Cultural-Level Values: A Cross-Cultural Study, Journal of Business Research, Vol. 64 (9): 934-943. Lead Article.

Erdogan, Secil. (2009). Reconstruction of Identities: A Case Study of Refugees from Turkey. In T. Kucukcan & V. Gungor (Eds.) Turks in Europe: Culture, Identity, Integration (pp.363-379). Amsterdam: Turkevi Research Centre.