Antje Ellermann is a member of the MPPGA Teaching Faculty, an Associate Professor of Political Science (Comparative Politics), and Director of the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is also the founder and Co-Director of the UBC Migration Research Excellence Cluster.
Her research focuses on the politics of migration and citizenship in liberal democracies. She is particularly interested in the nexus between international migration and the politics of policy making and implementation, coercive state power and resistance, legal precarity, and gender and other identities.
Her latest book The Comparative Politics of Immigration: Policy Choices in Germany, Canada, Switzerland, and the United States is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press as part of the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series. Her first book States Against Migrants: Deportation in Germany and the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2009) examined the comparative politics and implementation of deportation. Her work has also appeared in World Politics (winner of the APSA Migration & Citizenship Section’s best article award), Comparative Political Studies, Politics & Society, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, West European Politics, Government and Opposition, and International Migration. Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Social Science Research Council, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. She serves on the editorial boards of Politics & Society and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. She also serves as Co-President of the American Political Science Association’s Migration and Citizenship Section.
She was born and raised in Germany before spending many years living, working, and studying in Northern Ireland, England, and the United States. She lives in Vancouver with her spouse Alan Jacobs and their twelve-year-old daughter. Before becoming a political scientist, she trained in social work and worked as a community worker. She holds Canadian and German citizenship.