Dr. Alison Mountz
International Migration Research Centre
Alison Mountz is geography professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Laurier University. Her work explores how people cross borders and access migration and asylum policies. Mountz’s recent scholarship contends with detention and asylum-seeking on islands and with US war resister migration to Canada, asking what kinds of safe haven people seek, find, and forge. Mountz’s monograph, Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border (Minnesota), was awarded the Meridian Book Prize from the Association of American Geographers. She recently published Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States (California, with Jenna Loyd) and has a new book called The Death of Political Asylum forthcoming (Minnesota 2020). Mountz directs Laurier's International Migration Research Centre, edits the journal Politics & Space, and was the 2015-2016 Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University.