Basia Ellis


Contact Information

Associate Professor
Brighton 230
(916) 278-7029

Office Hours

Spring 2018
Thursdays: 4:30 - 7:30 pm

Joined Faculty: August 2017

Quote of Personal Interest

What must be the nature of the world...if human beings are able to introduce changes to it? - Paul Ricouer

Areas Research/Scholarly Activity

  • I am a sociocultural psychologist interested in the ways human experience and development shapes and is shaped by broader sociopolitical, economic, and historical transformations. My research program focuses on new forms of international immigration, especially undocumented immigration, which I have studied both in Canada and the United States. To gain rich understandings of immigrant lives, I employ qualitative research methods that help me trace the psychosocial development of immigrant experience in context. My current work focuses on the lives of "1.5 generation immigrants" in the United States, by which I mean undocumented immigrants who arrived to the United States as children and subsequently grew up there often knowing no other place to call their home. Having become well acquainted with many young persons in such challenging situations, my research and community activities remain inspired by their lives and dedicated to developing k nowledge and resources intended to support their positive development.

Courses Taught

  • CHDV 123

Educational Degrees

Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Chicago
Ph.D Social and Theoretical Psychology, Universtiy of Calgary
M.Sc, Social and Theoretical Psychology, Universtiy of Calgary
B.A. Psychology, Western University

Professional Awards or Commendations

  • Certificate of Academic Excellence for Doctoral Dissertation, awarded by the Canadian Psychological Association
  • Student Service Award, awarded by the University of Calgary, Canada

Select Publications

  • Sullivan, G., Cresswell, J., Ellis, B. D., Morgan, M., & Schraube, E. (2017). Resistance and renewal. Concord, ON: Captus University Publications.

  • Ellis, B. D., & Stam, H. (2017). Cycles of deportability: Threats, fears, and the agency of Polish “irregular” migrants in Canada. Migration Studies, mnx049. doi:

  • Ellis, B. D., & Stam, H. (2017). For a Psychology of Resistance. In G. Sullivan, C. Baerveldt, J. Cresswell, B. D. Ellis, M. Morgan, & E. Schraube (Eds.). Resistance and renewal. Captus Press.

  • Ellis, B. D. (2015). The production of irregular migration in Canada. Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, 47, 93-112.

  • Ellis, B. D., & Stam, H. (2015). Crisis? What crisis? Cross-cultural psychology’s appropriation of cultural psychology. Culture & Psychology, 21(3), 293-317. doi: 10.1177/1354067X15601198

  • Ellis B. D., & Stam H. (2015). Heidegger, temporality, and dialogical self theory. In L. M. Simão, D. S. Guimarães and J. Valsiner (Eds.), Temporality: Culture in the flow of human experience (pp. 259- 282). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers.

  • Ellis, B. D., & Stam, H. (2015). Buddhism, dialogical self theory, and the ethics of shared positions. International Journal for Dialogical Science, 9, 115-134.

  • Stam, H., & Ellis, B. D. (2015).‘Cultural dope’ and ‘psychological dope’: The ethnomethodological attitude and cultural psychology. Culture & Psychology, 21, 469-476. doi: 10.1177/1354067X15615810

  • Ellis, B. D., & Stam, H. (2010). Addressing the other in dialogue: Ricoeur and the ethical dimensions of the dialogical self. Theory & Psychology, 20, p. 420-435. doi: 10.1177/0959354310364280

Curriculum Vitae

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