Jillian Paragg completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Alberta in 2016 and now works as a Research Coordinator in the Faculty of Nursing at the U of A. As a Research Coordinator, she is involved in studies that focused on immunization coverage, health equity, Indigenous health, decolonization and qualitative research.
Her dissertation project focused on the life stories of 21 adults of mixed race aged 37-59 in three Canadian urban contexts, whose life course span the era of official multiculturalism in Canada. The life stories illuminated categories of belonging and shifting racial discourses in the Canadian context, enabling an understanding of the relationship between structural forces and identity.
For On the Move, Jillian worked on a number of projects including a Community Based Research (CBR) project on the New Alberta Worker’s Project, in partnership with the Alberta Worker’s Health Centre, and a CBR project that analyzed Métis Oral histories.
Paragg, Jillian. Forthcoming. “Life Story Interviewing and Mixed Race Identity Research”. SAGE Research Methods Case.
Paragg, Jillian. 2017. “‘What are You?’: Mixed Race Responses to the Gaze”. Ethnicities 17.3: 277-298.
Paragg, Jillian. 2016 (Reprint). “’Canadian-First’: Canadian Belonging for Mixed Race People”. Rethinking Society in the 21st Century: Critical Readings in Sociology. 4th ed. Chapter 34. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc.
Paragg, Jillian. 2015. “’Canadian-First’: Canadian Belonging for Mixed Race People”. Canadian Ethnic Studies 47.2: 21-44.
Paragg, Jillian. 2014. “Studying ‘Mixed Race’: Reflections on Methodological Practice”. International Journal of Qualitative Methods 13: 347-361.