Thompson Rivers University

Daphne Jeyapal

Name: Dr. Daphne Jeyapal
Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: (250) 852-7298


My scholarship centres on challenging racial discrimination in Canadian social policy, social activism, and the profession of social work.

Research Interests

Critical race, post-colonial, and feminist theories; transnational activism; online resistance; criminalization of migrant resistance; identity politics; constructions of race and gender; immigration policy; interpretative methodologies; critical discourse analysis; critical pedagogy


Ph.D. in Social Work, 2014
Dissertation title: Behind the 2009 Tamil diaspora protests in Canada: A critical analysis of the production of race, resistance, and citizenship across borders
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Master of Social Work, 2007
School of Social Work, York University, Toronto, ON

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), 2006
School of Social Work, University of Western Ontario, London, ON

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2003
University of Western Ontario, London, ON


Selected publications

Jeyapal, D. (2017). Dominant power politics. In F. Moghaddam (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of political behavior (Vol. 2, pp. 210-210). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd. DOI: 10.4135/9781483391144.n96.

Bhuyan, R., Bejan, R., & Jeyapal, D. (2017). The impact of structural inequalities on social justice education. Special issue: Combating discrimination through social work education in North America and the Caribbean. Social Work Education, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2017.1298741

Jeyapal, D. (2016). The evolving politics of race and social work activism: A call across borders. Special issue: Social Justice and Civil Rights. Social Work: A Journal of the National Association of Social Workers, 1-8. Advanced access.

Jeyapal, D. & Bhuyan, R. (2016). Theorizing the racial orientation of the social work classroom: The making and unmaking of whiteness in social work. As/Us: A Space for Writers of the World. Special issue: Voices of Women of Color in Higher Education, 6, 130-146.

Jeyapal, D. (2016) From activists to terrorists: The politics and ethics of representations of resistance. Special Issue: The ethics and politics of knowledge production: Critical reflections on social work and social sciences research. Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice, 5(1), 46-67.

Bhuyan, R., Jeyapal, D., Ku, J., Sakamoto, I., & Chou, E. (2015). Branding 'Canadian experience' in immigration policy: Nation building in a neoliberal era. Journal of International Migration and Integration. Advanced online publication. DOI 10.1007/s12134-015-0467-4

Jeyapal, D. (2015). Regarding the protests of others. Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest. DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2015.1037260

Jeyapal, D. (2014). Transnational activism and evolving media discourses of Canadian humanitarianism. Transnational Social Review: A Social Work Journal, 4(1), 101-104.

Jeyapal, D. (2013). "Since when did we have 100,000 Tamils": Media representations of race thinking, spatiality and the 2009 Tamil diaspora protests. Special Issue: Race, Racialization and Racisms. Canadian Journal of Sociology, 38(1), 557-578.

Anucha, U., Lovell, A., & Jeyapal, D. (2010). Growing new roots: The housing experiences of racialized newcomers in a second-tier Canadian city. Canadian Social Work, 12(1), 176-185.

Non-refereed publications

Sakamoto, I., & Jeyapal, D. (2014). Is it time to do away with engineering's Canadian Experience requirement? Engineering Dimensions: Professional Engineers Ontario, April 2014, 17-19.

Sakamoto, I., Jeyapal, D., Bhuyan, R., Ku, J., Fang, L., Zhang, H., & Genovese, F. (2013). An overview of discourses of skilled immigrants and "Canadian experience": An English-language print media analysis. Working Paper Series: CERIS Working Paper No. 98. Retrieved from CERIS website:


Harding, R., Jeyapal, D., & Walmsley, C. (Eds). Canadian Social Policy for Social Workers. Oxford University Press. In progress.

Employment History

2014-Present Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and Human Service, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC

2010-2014 Research Coordinator, SSHRC and CERIS-funded projects, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

2007-2009 Research Coordinator, Applied Social Welfare Research and Evaluation Group, School of Social Work, York University, Toronto, ON

2006 Community-based Researcher, Canadian Heritage, City of London & the United Way of London and Middlesex, London, ON

Courses Taught

Thompson Rivers University: Bachelor of Social Work program

Canadian social policy (SOCW 3000)
Introduction to social work research (SOCW 3010)
Race, racialization and immigration policy (SOCW 4600)
Directed studies (SOCW 4900)

University of Toronto: Master of Social Work program

Theoretical approaches to defining social justice and engaging in social change (SWK 4306)
Intersection of policy and practice with children and their families (SWK 4625)
Processes of social exclusion, marginalization, and resistance (SWK 4306)
Creating knowledge to inform critical practice (SWK 4512) (Teaching Assistant)

Professional Affiliations

Co-Director and Co-Founder, Critical Cross-border Conversations (CCC) Research Group: an interdisciplinary knowledge mobilization platform committed to the creation and dissemination of critical, socially transformative research.


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