Dr. Karimi is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (working with Dr. Rima Wilkes) at the Department of Sociology, UBC. Dr. Karimi is also an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (working with Dr. Karen Schönwälder) at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gottingen, Germany. He is an affiliate researcher with the UBC Migration Research Excellence Cluster. Building on his experiences of conducting qualitative sociological research, he is now exploring the impacts of participation in the Canadian Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program on Canadian citizens regarding their viewpoints on citizenship and belonging as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the PSR program. Dr. Karimi is now expanding this project into a comparative study of private refugee sponsorship in Canada and Germany.