The Affordable Housing Summit

Alison Mountz 

Alison Mountz is Professor in Geography & Planning and Acting Vice-Principal of Research & Innovation at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her research explores how people cross borders, access asylum, survive detention, resist war, and create safe havens. Mountz’s books include Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border (University of Minnesota Press, 2010 Meridian Award); Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States (University of California Press, with Jenna Loyd); and The death of asylum: hidden geographies of the enforcement archipelago (Minnesota, 2020 Globe Award). Mountz was previously on faculty at Syracuse University and Wilfrid Laurier University where she held a Canada Research Chair in Global Migration and directed the International Migration Research Centre. She was the 2016-2017 William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies. Mountz is currently conducting SSHRC-funded research on asylum- seeking and resettlement in North America and directing Haven: The Asylum Lab.