Fraser, Nicholas



Email Address



Comparative Politics


Public Policy


Randall Hansen

Fraser, Nicholas


Shared Heuristics: How Organizational Culture Shapes Asylum Policy


Nicholas A. R. Fraser is a Political Science PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. His dissertation explores cross-national variation in asylum policy, specifically in countries with consistently high or low asylum recognition rates. Nicholas’ disertation research has been supported by  SSHRC, the Japan Foundation, the Dr. David Chu Foundation, the Ontario Government, and the University of Toronto’s Department of Political Science. His research explores public policy, courts and bureaucracy, migration as well as questions of identity. Prior to starting his PhD at the University of Toronto, Nicholas was a Monbukagakusho Scholar and worked for refugee advocacy organization in Japan.


Kalicki, K., G. Murakami, and N. A. R. Fraser. 2013. “The Difference That Security Threat Makes: Ethnic Minorities and the Post-War Politics of Citizenship Regime Formation in Japan in a Comparative Perspective.” Social Science Japan Journal 16(2): 211-234.

Previous Degrees

B.A. in Political Science (University of Calgary 2007);
M.A. in Political Science (University of British Columia 2009);
M.A. in International Relations (Waseda University 2014)

Teaching Experience

Course Instructor for: POL378 (Courts and Politics) (with Faisal Kamal), Summer 2019

Teaching Assistant for: POL101 (Democracy, War and Peace), 2014-2015, 2015-2016; POL 111 (Canada in Comparative Perspective), Fall 2016; POL339 (Ethnic Mobilization and Conflict), Fall 2018; POL203 (U.S. Government and Politics), 2018-2019; POL317 (Comparative Public Policy), Winter 2019