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Rebecca Pero (Ph.D. Candidate)
Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D322
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 75732
Email: 2rpp@queensu.ca



  • M.A. Sociology, Queen’s University, Kingston (2011)
  • B.A. (Hons) Sociology (Major), Psychology (Minor), Queen’s University, Kingston (2006)
  • B.A. Thesis: “The Changing Face of American Beauty: A Socio-historical Analysis of Films from the 1920s and 1950s” - under the supervision of Dr. Roberta Hamilton

Research Interests

  • International Migration, Immigration, Policy, and Citizenship
  • Borders and Security, Insecurity and Social Control
  • Geographies of Inequality

Research Contributions

  • Pero, Rebecca and Harrison Smith. 2014. “In the ‘Service’ of Migrants: The Temporary Resident Biometrics Project and the Economization of Migrant Labor in Canada.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 104(2): 401–411.

Research Experience

  • Kingston Immigration Partnership Intern, developed a reporting tool, Queen's University, Kingston (2012)
  • Research Assistant, examined Local Immigration Partnership strategy documents and recorded indicators of organizational best practices, Welcoming Communities Initiative and Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Kingston (2011)
    *Results were published in a report titled Organizational Best Practices of Local Immigration Partnerships, authored by Adnan Qayyum and Meyer Burstein (2012).

Teaching Experience

  • Geography 257: Geographies of Middle America with Dr. George Lovell (Winter Term 2014)
  • Geography 254: The Caribbean in a Globalizing World with Kay-Ann Williams (Fall Term 2013)
  • Geography 229: Place, Space, Culture, and Social Life with Kay-Ann Williams (Winter Term 2013)
  • Geography 101: Introduction to Human Geography with Dr. Anne Godlewska and Dr. Joyce Davidson (Fall Term 2012)
  • Geography 101: Intro to Human Geography with Dr. Giselle Valarezo (Winter Term 2012)
  • Geography 258: Geographies of South America with Dr. George Lovell (Fall Term 2011)
  • Sociology 301: Urban Societies, Space and Culture with Dr. David Murakami Wood (Winter Term 2011)
  • Sociology 362: Cultural Studies with Dr. Annette Burfoot (Fall Term 2010)

Professional Development

  • VP Graduate, the Society of Graduate and Professional Students, Queen's University (2012-2014)
  • International Student Affairs Commissioner, the Society of Graduate and Professional Students, Queen’s University (2010-2012)
  • Development Officer, Easter Seals Ontario, Kingston (2008-2010)

International Experience

Global Development Studies 305: Cuban Culture and Society, Queen’s University (2010), Teaching Assistant
  • Completed a course that consisted of two weeks at both Queen’s University and the Universidad de Habana, in Havana, Cuba.
International Communities of Women Living with HIV (ICW), Buenos Aires, Argentina, Volunteer (2009)
  • Volunteered at a five day conference where I provided auxiliary support to attendees.
Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade, Santa Clara, Cuba, Scholarship Winner (2008)
  • Participated in a three-week volunteer work brigade organized by the Canadian Network on Cuba.

Community Affiliations/Interests

  • Enjoy hawaiian and salsa dancing
  • Volunteer with Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area
  • Play softball and paddle board

Certificates and Awards

  • Queen’s Graduate Award (2009-Present)
  • Robert Charles Wallace Graduate Award (2013-2014)
  • Geography Exceptional Merit Award (2013-2014)
  • School of Graduate Studies' Dean's Award (2012-2014)
  • Graduate Education Tuition Award (2011-2012)
  • Achievement in Spanish at St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario (2008)