I am a cultural anthropologist, ethnographer, and Assistant Teaching Professor in Sociology and Politics at Thompson Rivers University, located in Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc.
My scholarly work focuses on migration and citizenship, children and youth, and gender and precarious labour. My research examines youths' experiences of migration and long-term family separation after having a parent initially come to Canada to work. Through ethnographic storytelling and visual methods, this research explores the everyday forms of paid and unpaid labour youths perform to hold their families together through precarious, adverse, and hopeful times.
My next project will be part of the Understanding Precarity BC Partnership (UP-BC), funded by SSHRC, and I'll examine precarious employment among multi-generational migrant families in BC, and especially those affected by COVID-19.
You can find me teaching at TRU, co-editing NEOS: A Publication of the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group, and tweeting @jennyshaw011.