Thomas Soehl

McGill University
Department of Sociology
Address: Stephen Leacock Building, Room 713 855 Sherbrooke Street West Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7
Tel: 514-398-6841

PhD University of California

A key theme in my work on international migration is the political transitions a move across a border entails, and the multiple and shifting socio-political attachments of migrants. In addition to the literature on immigrant socioeconomic and political incorporation, and migrant transnationalism, my work contributes to research on political socialization, the comparative study of ethnicity and race, and the political reproduction of nation-states. Currently I am starting a project examining the decisions of immigrants to acquire citizenship in their host countries.

Research Axis
Axis 3: Representing and Governing Citizens in Critical Times - After learning and practicing democratic citizenship, the next critical steps are representation and governance. Democratic institutions are key elements. They shape the norms and incentives for active citizenship and they link citizens and their representatives in ways that foster accountability, legitimacy and representation. In Québec and Canada, as well as in other countries, confidence of citizens toward the institutions is low, as many dislike the way that members of parliaments behave and consider that politicians don’t honour their promises, hence various political endeavours to reform these institutions. Research on this axis will focus on the role of electoral systems, parliaments, parliamentary debates, and political parties.

Blocked Acculturation: Cultural Heterodoxy among Europe's Immigrants
Journal: American Journal of Sociology
Volume: 120
First Page: 146
Last Page: 186
Andreas Wimmer

The bounded policy: The limits to Mexican emigrant political participation
Journal: Social Forces
Volume: 120
Year: 2013
First Page: 1239
Last Page: 1266
Roger Waldinger

The ambiguities of political opportunity: Political claims making of Russian-Jewish immigrants in New York City
Journal: Ethnic and Racial Studies
Volume: 36
issue: 12
Year: 2013
First Page: 1977
Last Page: 1996
Roger Waldinger

Inheriting the homeland? Intergenerational transmission of cross border ties in migrant families
Journal: American Journal of Sociology
Volume: 118
issue: 3
Year: 2012
First Page: 778
Last Page: 813
Roger Waldinger

Immigrants' daughters and the labor market
Journal: The Changing Face of World Cities: The second generation in Europe and the United States
Year: 2012
Rosita Fibbi
Constanza Larrucea
Place: New York
Publisher: RussellSage

The political sociology of international migration: Borders, boundaries, rights and politics
Journal: The International Handbook of Migration Studies
Year: 2012
Roger Waldinger
Place: New York
Publisher: Routledge

Timing of union formation and partner choice in immigrant societies: The United States and Germany
Journal: Advances in Life Course Research
Volume: 16
issue: 4
Year: 2011
First Page: 205
Last Page: 2016
Jenjira Yahirun

Making the connection: Latino immigrants and their cross-border ties
Journal: Ethnic and Racial Studies
Volume: 33
issue: 9
Year: 2010
First Page: 1489
Last Page: 1510
Roger Waldinger

Emigrants and the body politic left behind: Results from the Latino National Survey
Journal: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Volume: 38
issue: 5
Year: 2012
First Page: 711
Last Page: 736
Roger Waldinger
Nelson Lim

But do they speak it? Intergenerational Transmission of Home-Country Language in Migrant Families in France
Journal: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Volume: 42
issue: 9
Year: 2016
First Page: 1513
Last Page: 1535

From Origins to destinations: Acculturation Trajectories in Migrants' Attitudes towards Homosexuality
Journal: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Year: 2016
First Page: 1
Last Page: 23

Social reproduction of religiosity in the immigrant context: the role of family transmission and family formation
Journal: International Migration Review
Year: 2016

From Parent to Child? Transmission of Educational Attainment Within Immigrant Families: Methodological Considerations
Journal: Demography
Volume: 52
issue: 2
Year: 2015
First Page: 543
Last Page: 567
Renee Reichl Luthra