YorkU alumni's Master’s Research Paper garners multiple awards

Recent York Political Science Master's student John Laman Master's Research Paper (MRP) has received a couple of national awards. Now a Juris Doctor Candidate at the University of Ottawa, Laman's MRP was titled "Revisiting the Sanctuary City: Citizenship or Abjection? Spotlighting the Case of Toronto."

photo of York alumni John Laman

John Laman

"The first award I received was the National Student Thought and Leadership Award from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the Association of Programs in Public Administration. The award recognizes talent in Canadian schools at the regional level and the national level," he says. The award promotes excellence in public administration and showcases the top talent emerging from Canadian programs each year. For winning the award, he was able to attend the 2015 IPAC in Halifax at the end of last month.

"It was great being able to connect with other award recipients and as well as government workers from across Canada," Laman says.

The second honour for his MRP came earlier this month from the Canadian Studies Network (CSN-RÉC) for Best MA Thesis or Research Paper. "I am honoured and thrilled to receive this award as it allows me to highlight potential issues facing undocumented migrants in the context of the 'Sanctuary City.' While I show solidarity with the movement, it is important to showcase how such a policy can serve to normalize precarious labour on a sub-national scale. If our aim is to strive for a more egalitarian society, I think this needs to be illuminated."

On its website, the CSN announcement included comments from the adjudicating jury:

"This Master's Research Paper is a cutting-edge examination of the way in which our understanding of the concept of the 'sanctuary city' has shifted under the current neo-liberal economic and political regime. Laman's paper has a tight structure, a convincing and original argument, and engages the existing literature at a very high level. All three committee members agreed that this paper makes a unique, interdisciplinary contribution to the field of Canadian Studies and noted that it is an unusually sharp and well-developed piece of graduate work."

John will receive a cash prize of $150 and a year's membership in the CSN-RÉC.

A lot of credit for his success goes to his supervisor, according to John. "Both these awards could not have been possible without the full support of my supervisor Karen Murray, to whom I show my deepest gratitude," he says.