IThomas Elias Siddall is a researcher at the Asian Institute in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and a final year undergraduate student with majors in International Relations and Contemporary Asian Studies, and a minor in Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. They’ve also studied abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. They research at the intersection of migration, technology, postmemory and queer theory, with a regional focus on the Sinosphere. In their research, they seek to understand and problematize expulsion and exclusion under the increasingly problematic notion of global progressive rights. They have been published in journals, including in:cite journal, Re:locations – Journal of the Asia Pacific World, and Synergy Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies. They are the recipient of over $36,000 in research grants and scholarships, including the Global Taiwan Challenge, the Dr. David Chu Award, the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, and the Murray and Katherine Corlett Award for International Study.


Outside of the academic world, they have worked as a policy and programs assistant and head of records management at the former Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, and as a policy advisor in the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services. They have also been a manager, duty technician, and computer access facility assistant at the University of Toronto Libraries, Canada’s largest academic library system. Thomas also has done consulting work for the Canadian Chinese Political Affairs Committee and the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Thomas’ dedication to education as a means of enabling justice has been noticed by fellow students who have elected them as a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Students’ Union, and as a member of the Victoria University in the University of Toronto Senate and the Victoria University Students’ Administrative Council.

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