Morgan Poteet

Associate Professor
AVDX 223
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By Appointment


Dr. Morgan Poteet is Associate Professor of Sociology at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. He received his Ph.D. from York University in Toronto in 2012. His dissertation research examined settlement and belonging for the adolescent children of refugees from Central America, in Toronto. His research areas include critical border studies, youth, criminalization, racialization, identity, and belonging. His ongoing research explores the lived experiences of migrant racialized populations in Canada. His current research uses qualitative and arts-based approaches such as Photovoice and Digital Storytelling to explore social memory and current realities among Salvadoran youth in Canada. He has published articles in the Journal of International Migration and Integration and Canadian Ethnic Studies on Central American origin youth in Toronto, co-authored an article and a book chapter on the experiences of international students in Canada, and co-edited a collection of twelve chapters on the dynamics of refugee re-settlement and integration with an international focus. He has consulted for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (now IRCC) on the Youth Host program and more recently on refugee policy in Canada and exhibits on immigrants and refugees at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Poteet teaches courses on youth criminalization; critical border studies; citizenship, identity, and difference; quantitative methods; refugee studies; globalization and human rights. He is past President and currently Director-at- large for the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS). 


Gomez, Bianca, and Morgan Poteet. 2019. 'What Am I Doing Here?' How International Students Negotiate Transitions to Work and Permanent Status in Canada in  International Encounters: Higher Education and the International Student Experience, edited by CindyAnn Rose-Redwood and Reuben Rose-Redwood. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. 
Second Generation Refugees in Refugees & Forced Migration: The Canadian Perspective: An A-Z Guide, edited by Catherine Baillie Abidi and Shiva Nourpanah. Nimbus Publishing, 2019. 
‘Doing Magic’: Refugee Youth Agency and Community Support in a Time of Restrictive Integration in After the Flight: The Dynamics of Refugee Settlement and Integration, Edited by Morgan Poteet and Shiva Nourpanah, Cambridge Scholar’s Publishing, 2016. 
Poteet, Morgan and Alan Simmons. “Not boxed in”: The formation of complex ethno-social identities among Central American male youth in Toronto, Journal of International Migration and Integration (JIMI), published online on May 23, 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s12134-015-0442-0, 867-885.  
Antonelli, Fab, Morgan Poteet, Erin Steuter and Ardath Whynacht. Breaching the Ivory Tower: Community-based Learning in Sociology at MTA, in Wasylkiw, L., & Tomes, J. L. (Eds.). Mount A Teaches. Friesen Press, Victoria, B.C.  2016. 
Poteet, Morgan and Bianca Gomez. “It’s Both Ways”: How International Students Negotiate Belonging in Local and Global Contexts, Journal of New Brunswick Studies (JNBS), 6(1), 2015, 83-102.  
Poteet, Morgan and Alan Simmons. Schooling Goals and Social Belonging Among Central American-origin Male Youth in Toronto, Canadian Ethnic Studies 46(3), 2014, 55-75. 
‘Can’t Imagine Being Without Friends’: How Central American Male Youth in Toronto Seek to Belong, Dissertation, Sociology, York University, Completed December 2012. 
Transforming Identities: Latin American Youths and Culture in Toronto, Lambert Academic Publishing: Germany and UK, 2009. 
Anisef, Paul, Morgan Poteet, Danielle Anisef, Grace Farr, Cécile Poirier and Haiping Wang. Issues Confronting Newcomer Youth in Canada: Alternative Models for a National Youth Host Program, CERIS Policy Matters, No 26, April 2006, 1-13.  


2012 PhD Sociology – York University 
2002 MA Sociology – York University 
1999 BA Sociology/Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Cum Laude) – York University 


  • Introduction to Sociology 
  • Youth Criminalization 
  • Critical Border Studies 
  • Citizenship, Identity, and Difference 
  • Quantitative Sociological Research Methods 
  • Refugee Studies 
  • Globalization and Human Rights 


  • Latin American migration to Canada 
  • El Salvador  
  • Critical Border Studies 
  • Youth  
  • Criminalization 
  • Racialization 
  • Identity and belonging

Grants, awards & honours

Memoria Histórica Sobreviviente en El Salvador de la Posguerra / Surviving Memory in Post War El Salvador, SSHRC Partnership Grant (co-Applicant), 2021-2019. 
Picturing Our Realities: Using digital storytelling to explore historical trauma and settlement among Central American-origin youth in Toronto, SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant, 2019-2020. 
Where are They Now? Social and economic integration among the children of Central American refugees in Toronto – SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant, 2018-2019. 
Spaces of Refuge: Exploring Practices, Perceptions and Policies in Forced Migration and (Re)Settlement – SSHRC Connections Grant, 2013-2014.