Secil Ertorer

Associate Professor

Secil Ertorer Canisius 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 earned her Ph.D. in Sociology, with a specialization diploma in Migration and Ethnic Relations from The University of Western Ontario in Canada. With a rich background spanning fifteen years, she has taught sociology, gender studies, and honors courses at various Canadian and American universities, employing experiential learning pedagogy. Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of race/ethnicity, racism, diversity, international migration, refugee studies, settlement experiences, integration policies, social problems, and identity.

She has published academic articles and book chapters delving into the topics of asylum-seeking, resettlement, and integration experiences of refugees, the effects of these processes on identity reconstruction, barriers in the labor market, and workplace diversity. Actively engaged in meetings and social movements, she participates in initiatives aimed at increasing awareness about refugee issues. Currently, Dr. Ertorer is at the forefront of a research project and the authorship of a book addressing xenophobia and racism in the COVID-19 era.


  • Dr. John Lorch Award, Canisius University, Women and Gender Studies Program
  • Canisius University Dean’s Summer Research Grant
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Innovation Grant
  • Canisius University Mission and Identity Program Development and Research Grant   
  • Canisius University 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, S. (forthcoming). Racism and Identity in a Xenophobic World. Springer Nature.

Ertorer, S. (forthcoming) “Utopian Imaginings and the Pursuit of the Utopian Society.” In Victoria W. Wolcott (Ed.) Utopian Imaginings: Saving the Future in the Present. SUNY Press, Humanities to the Rescue series, UB Humanities Institute.

Ertorer, S.E., Long, J., Fellin, M., & Esses, V.M. (2022). Immigrant Perceptions of Integration in the Canadian Workplace. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 41(7): 1091-1111.

Long, J. & Ertorer, S. (2022). “Canadian Workplace Culture: Mono- or Multi-cultural?” in Reading Sociology: Decolonizing Canada. Fourth Edition. Eds. Jean-Pierre, Watts, James, Albanese, Chen, and Graydon. Oxford University Press, Canada. ISBN: 9780190164942, 0190164948

Ertorer, S. (2021). Asylum Regimes and Refugee Experiences of Precarity: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Turkey. Journal of Refugee Studies. 34(3): 2568–2592.

Long, J. & Ertorer, S. (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

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

Ertorer, S. (2016). Acculturating into the Canadian Society: A Case of Karen Refugees. CJMS Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.42(11): 1864-1884.

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

Cleveland, M., Laroche, M., Takahashi, I., & Erdogan, S. (2014). Cross-Linguistic Validation of a Unidimensional Scale for Cosmopolitanism, Journal of Business Research. Vol 67 (3): 268-277.

Cleveland, M., Erdogan, S., Arıkan, G., & Poyraz, T. (2011). Cosmopolitanism, Individual-Level Values and Cultural-Level Values: A Cross-Cultural Study, Journal of Business Research, Vol. 64 (9): 934-943. Lead Article.