Mitra Fakhrashrafi, MA Student


Home Campus:
U of T Scarborough

Other Degrees:
University of Toronto Critical Development Studies Specialist + City Studies Minor, Honours with Distinction

Honours & Awards:
City of Toronto Regional Champions Protégée, 2017
University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Partnership Fund, 2016
Hart House Good Ideas Fund, 2014
University of Toronto Merit Award, 2012

Dr. Emily Gilbert

Contact Information:

mitra.fakhrashrafi [at]

twitter: @fakhmitra

Personal Website:

Research Interests:

self-declared artist/archivist interested in everything toronto (read: scarborough). currently studying embodied illegalities and the possibilities/contradictions of toronto’s “sanctuary city” in the context of white settler colonial imaginaries and the nation-state that always already treats non-white bodies as second-class and “illegalized” citizens.

  • Geographies of exclusion, racialization, colonial urbanism
  • Border imperialism, im/migration
  • Multiculturalism, nationalism, and citizenship
  • Oral histories and histories of resistance

Teaching This Academic Year:

Teaching Assistant:

GGR321H1F – Indigenous Worlds, Worldviews, and the Environment

GGR240H1S – Geographies of Colonialism in North America

Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life, Political Spaces