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Dr Jennifer Shaw


Assistant Teaching Professor, Thompson Rivers University, Canada



Dr. Jennifer Shaw is a cultural anthropologist and multimodal ethnographer. Her research interests include migrant labour, transnational care, social and economic precarity, kinship, and ethnographic and child-focused methods including participatory photography, drawing, and storytelling. Her research has examined parental labour migration, caregiving, transnational childhoods, and transnational adoption and has been featured in Global Studies of Childhood, Children & Society, and Anthropology of Work Review.



  • 2022 - “Beyond Family: Separation and Reunification for Young People Negotiating Transnational Relationships.” Global Studies of Childhood, 12(1): 83-94.
  • 2020 - “Tender Labor: Migrant Youths Holding their Transnational Families Together.” Anthropology of Work Review, 41(1):14-23.
  • 2018 - “Desiring Self-Determination in Research and Beyond: Parental Consent Requirements and Situated Ethics for Migrant Young People Living amid Changing Family Dynamics.” Children & Society, 32(6): 433-443.


Migration, family, care, childhood, youth.
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