Dr. Raluca BejanPhD

Assistant Professor


Email: Raluca.Bejan@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-2094
Mailing Address: 
Room 3233, Mona Campbell Building
Research Topics:
  • Comparative social policy (i.e., Canadian, British and EU)
  • community organizing and social movements
  • ideology
  • philosophy of social justice
  • labour and collective organizing
  • migration, mobilities and citizenship
  • globalization and transnationalism
  • refugees’ studies
  • critical theory
  • whiteness and critical race studies

Raluca Bejan was born in Focșani, Romania. She has a BA (Honours) in Political Sciences from Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania, a SSW Diploma from George Brown College, Toronto, Canada and a MSW and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Bejan started her position as Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University in January 2020.
Between July 2018 - December 2019 she was Assistant Professor of Critical Social Policy at St. Thomas University, in Fredericton, Canada. Raluca was a former Visiting Academic at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, UK, in 2016 and 2018.

Raluca regularly writes for rabble.ca (Toronto, Canada) and she previously contributed opinion pieces to TelesurTV (Caracas, Venezuela), Verfassungsblog | On Matters Constitutional (Berlin, Germany), The Conversation (Toronto, Canada), LeftEast/CriticAtac (Bucharest, Romania) and the London School of Economics Brexit Bog (London, UK).

In 2018 Raluca co-directed a documentary film on the Greek Refugees crisis, titled Trace. It was filmed on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, and in Athens, Greece.

She is currently the Book Review Editor for Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees.

Multi-Media Exhibit:

Tracing the Space of the Refugee Crisis. On display at the University of New Brunswick Art Centre and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, between January 14 and February 7, 2020.

Selected Publications:

  • Bejan, R. (2019). Film Review: Koukaki- A neighborhood in transition. Urbanities – Journal of Urban Ethnography, 9(2), 143-144.

  • Bejan, R. (2018). Problematizing the Norms of Fairness Grounding the EU’s Relocation System of Shared Responsibility. EUI Working Paper. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. European University Institute. Firenze, Italy.

  • Bejan, R. & Tusa, G. (2018). In the Land of Blood and Honey. In Encyclopedia of Racism in American Film. Edited by Salvador Jimenez Murguía, Rowman & Littlefield. Lanham, Maryland.

  • Bejan, R. (2018). Nadie Quiere la Noche. In Encyclopedia of Spanish Cinema. Edited by Salvador Murguía and Alex Pinar, Rowman & Littlefield. Lanham, Maryland.

  • Bejan, R. (2017). Lesvos: Tracing the space of the refugee crisis. In Maintaining Refuge: Anthropological Reflections in Uncertain Times. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants. Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology. American Anthropological Association, 49-60.

  • Bejan, R. (2017). Review essay: Tariq Ali, Vivek Chibber and Vijay Prashad. The universalization of American capitalism. Left History, 20(2), 77-93.

  • Bejan, R., Iorga-Curpan, A. & Amza, O. (2017). The situation of unaccompanied minors in Romania in the course of Europe’s refugee crisis. Social Work and Society, 15(1).

  • Bejan, R. (2017). Equal yet inequitable: EU’s relocation system of shared responsibility. Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, 7(1), 4-11.

  • Bhuyan, R., Bejan, R., & Jeyapal, D. (2017). Social workers’ perspectives on social justice in social work education: When mainstreaming social justice masks structural inequalities. Social Work Education, 36(4), 373-390.

  • Shera, W., & Bejan, R. (2017). A Post-Master’s Advanced Diploma and a MSW Specialization in Social Service Administration: Design, Delivery, and Assessment of Outcomes. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 41(3), 240-251.

  • Marmol, E., Hande, M.J. & and Bejan, R. (2017). On strike in the ivory tower: Academic repression of labour organizing. In Fighting Academic Repression and Neoliberal Education: Resistance, Reclaiming, Organizing, and Black Lives Matter in Education. Corporate Academia; pp.179-202. Eds. Nocella, A. & Juergensmeyer, E. Peter Lang Publishing. New York, NY.

  • Bejan, R. (2017). Irene León on the project of Buen Vivir as a challenge to corporate transnationalism. Transnational Social Review, 7(3), 331-336.

  • Bejan, R. (2017). The 21st Century is Lacanian: Thoughts in Reading Élisabeth Roudinesco’s Lacan: In Spite of Everything. SPECTRA: The Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archives, 6(1).

  • Bejan, R. (2017). An interview with Maria Nikolakaki regarding the 2016 “Crossing Borders” conference in Lesvos, Greece. Transnational Social Review, 7(2), 226-230. 

  • Bejan, R. (2017). Book Review: Richard Alba and Nancy Foner. Strangers no more: Immigration and the challenges of integration in North America and Western Europe. Social Service Review, 91(1),159-168.

  • Bejan, R. (2016). Review Essay: Srećko Horvat and Slavoj Žižek. What does Europe want? Left History, 21(1), 91-98.

  • Bejan, R. (2016). The ‘East/West’ divide and Europe’s relocation system for asylum seekers. Journal of Social Policy/ Ревија за Cоцијална Nолитика, 9(12), 9-40.

  • Bejan, R., Tusa, G. & Davis, C. (2016). Democracy rising - Athens 2015: A Conference Report and a Conversation with Giovanni Tusa and Creston Davis. Transnational Social Review. A Social Work Journal, 6(3), 349-355.

  • Bejan, R. (2016). Book Review: Anderson, Bridget. Us and them? The dangerous politics of immigration control. Transnational Social Review. A Social Work Journal, 6(1-2), 222-225.

  • Bejan, R., Murvai, P., Mihăilă, I. & Cherciov, M. (2015). Transnational responses to global capitalism: The case study of the Roșia Montană campaign. Transnational Social Review. A Social Work Journal, 5(2), 199-207.

  • Natter, K. & Bejan, R. (2015). Salient Issues on International Migration: Buoni e Cattivi Segnali. Reporting from the 2014 International Metropolis Conference. Transnational Social Review. A Social Work Journal, 5(1), 86-91.

  • Bejan R. (2015). The untold story of changing fate. Thoughts in reading Slavoj Žižek’s Year of Dreaming Dangerously. SPECTRA: The Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archives 4(1).

  • Bejan, R. & Lightman, N. (2014). Intègre! Intégrons! Intégrez! The economic imperative of integration within Canadian immigration: A commentary on the 16th National Metropolis Conference. Transnational Social Review. A Social Work Journal, 4(2-3), 303-308.

  • Bejan, R., Craig, S. L. & Saini, M. (2014). I love my job but....A portrait of Canadian social workers' occupational conditions. Canadian Social Work Journal, 16(1), 23-45.

  • Bejan, R. (2013). Linked in: Social network analysis as a promising practice in assessing organizational equity and diversity policies. Journal of Promising Practices on Diversity and Equity, 19-26.

  • Lightman, N. & Bejan, R. (2013). Down but not out. A comment on the 15th Canadian National Metropolis conference – ‘Building an integrated society’. Transnational Social Review. A Social Work Journal, 3(2), 52-57.

  • Craig, S. L., Bejan, R., & Muskat, B. (2013). Making the invisible visible: are health social workers addressing the social determinants of health? Social Work in Health Care, 52(4), 311-331.

  • Bejan, R. (2012). A step further: How to improve a mentoring program to fully advance the labour market integration of internationally trained professionals. Canadian Journal for Social Research 2(1), 37-47.

  • Fuller-Thomson, E., Bejan, R. Hunter, J. T., Grundland, T. & Brennenstuhl, S. (2012). The link between childhood sexual abuse and myocardial infarction in a population-based study. Child Abuse and Neglect, 36, 656-665.

  • Bejan, R. & Black, C. (2012). Balancing the Budget but Who’s Left to Budget the Balance? A Visual Representation of Professional Networks within Toronto East Local Immigration Partnership. Toronto, ON: Meta Strategies.

  • Bejan, R., Johnston, L., Quieser, S. & Ratansi, N. (2012). Lost in the Shuffle: A support for Children Living in Shelters. Resource Manual & Workshop Guide. Toronto, ON: Social Planning Toronto.

  • Bejan, R. (2011). Smoke and mirrors: How an allegedly inclusionary strategy perpetuates an exclusionary discourse. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 43(3), 165-181.

  • Bejan, R. & Sidhu, N. (2010). Policy without Practice: Barriers to Enrollment for Non-Status Immigrant Students in Toronto’s Catholic Schools. Toronto, ON: Social Planning Toronto.