Jennifer Long

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

PhD (Western)

7-367F, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Long has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology (Western, '11) with a specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations. Her doctoral project used ethnographic methods to explore everyday belonging, national identities and Islamophobia in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. As a post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Long investigated first-hand experiences of settlement and integration programming and Canadian workplaces from the perspective of newcomers, immigrants and Canadian-born stakeholders in southwestern Ontario. Dr. Long disseminates her work to peers using scholarly publications, presentations at conferences and community reports. She is interested in integration and settlement, in national belonging, and in particular, on how these projects materialize in space and place.

Having left and returned to academia herself, Dr. Long recognizes the importance of experts with lived experience and acknowledges that there are various ways to learn new things. Dr. Long has worked as a customization planner for Proctor & Gamble, as a cleaner, a bartender and waitress, an ethnographer and qualitative research consultant, a project evaluation specialist, a camp counselor, and as a mail carrier and for Atomic Energy of Canada.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Space and place, nationalism, integration, settlement, immigration, ethnic relations, sociocultural anthropology, cultural anthropology

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Long loves to teach. She's the recipient of the Early Career Excellence in Teaching award from Wilfrid Laurier University. Teaching is a craft and a skill that one must develop. To this end, Dr. Long has completed five courses on how to teach at a post-secondary level, including a Certificate in University Teaching (UWO). She's taught courses on many topics in anthropology and other disciplines. (If you drop by her office, she might tell you about her experience teaching communications to engineering students.) 

As an ethnographer, Dr. Long is interested in understanding how ordinary individuals reinforce and influence community belonging. She is interested in understanding more about nation-building projects through integration and settlement and through the use of space (the politics of space). The anthropology of space provides a unique, and often under-theorized, avenue in which to explore community belonging—unique in the ways in which everyday users of a particular space influence others, and the space around them, over time.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Mosher, R., Long, J., Le, E., & Harding, L. (2017). Revisiting the role of the researcher as the starting point for ethnographic investigation. Anthropologica, 53(1): 146-156. doi: 10.3138/anth.591.A03

Eaton, J., Long, J., & Morris, D. (2017). Social science boot camp: A first-year course on academic literacy in the social sciences. College Teaching, 65(4): 1-8. doi: 10.1080/87567555.2017.1348332

Long, J. (2016). Reinforcing belonging and difference through neighbourhood gentrification projects in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In A. Loring & V. Ramanathan (Eds.), Language, immigration, and naturalization: Legal and linguistic issues. Tonawanda, NY: Multilingual Matters.

Long, J., Fellin, M., Bauer, J., Koenig, D., Mosher, R., & Zarpour, T. (2015). Incorporating immigrant perspectives into organizational research and practice: Implementing inclusive discussions. Practicing Anthropology, 37(1):20-25.

Long, J. (2015). Lessons in proper citizen behaviour: Teaching immigrants how to use public spaces in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Journal of Social Science Education, 14(3):17-27.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Community Research Grant, Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (2018)
  • Faculty Seed Grant, Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition (2017)
  • Leadership in Teaching & Learning Fellowship, McMaster University (2017)
  • Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award, Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, Wilfrid Laurier University (2016)
  • Teaching and Learning Grant, McMaster University (2016)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Western University, Cross-Cultural Learner Centre & Mitacs (2014)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Western University, United Way & Mitacs (2013)

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • American Anthropological Association 
  • Canadian Anthropology Association 

Boards / Committees

  • Elected Education Chair, Canadian Institute of Management, Hamilton Chapter
  • Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, Research and Evaluation