At Canadian Metropolis Conference in Calgary, 2009
At Canadian Metropolis Conference in Calgary, 2009

In 2014, Diane completed her dissertation on personal names as the juncture of power, language and identity in Canada’s shifting cultural landscape; she studied at the University of Toronto’s iSchool and she is now a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University. Since starting graduate studies in 2003, Diane has focused on experiences of immigration and settlement in Canada, especially migrants’ interactions with state-led programs and institutions. She also teaches communication practices.

Diane’s dissertation project was funded by from her home institution, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information (iSchool), and the University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies; the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship (2007-2010); CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre; and, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.

Diane’s supervisor was Dr. Nadia Caidi, whose research examines the information behaviours of vulnerable populations, including people who have recently immigrated to Canada as well as our First Nations.

With Dr. Philip Oreopoulos (Department of Economics, University of Toronto), Diane co-authored “Why do some employers prefer to interview Matthew but not Samir? New evidence from Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver” which examines motivations for name-based discrimination during a 2010 resume audit of Canada’s largest cities.

In 2006, Diane completed a Masters of Arts in Media Studies at Concordia University in Montreal.  Her MA thesis, Recent Immigration as an “Alternate Civic Core”: Providing Internet Services, Gaining “Canadian Experiences,” examines the situation of recent immigrants volunteering at Vancouver Community Network (VCN) in order to gain local work experience.  


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  1. Hi, I have some good name change stories. The name on my birth certificate reads STEPHEN BRAHAM PALEFSKY. I grew up with the name STEVE(N) PAULL and now I am SIMCHA RAPHAEL. All a good story. If ever you want to hear more, contact me –
    I am originally from Montreal, now live in Philadelphia, PA

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