- Prabha Kotiswaran (Kings College London)
- Joel Quirk (University of Witwatersrand)
- Gabriella Sanchez (University of Texas at El Paso)
- Julia O'Connell Davidson (University of Bristol)
- Sam Okyere (University of Nottingham)
- Elena Shih (Brown University)
- Cecily Jones
- Neil Howard (University of Antwerp)
- Cameron Thibos (openDemocracy)
Prabha Kotiswaran lectures in Criminal Law at King’s College London. She is the author of Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labor: Sex Work and the Law in India, published by Princeton University Press (2011) and co-published by Oxford University Press, India (2011). Dangerous Sex, Invisible Labor won the SLSA-Hart Book Prize for Early Career Academics in 2012. She is also the editor of Sex Work, an anthology published by Women Unlimited (2011) for a series on issues in contemporary Indian feminism. Her article ‘Beyond Sexual Humanitarianism: A Post-Colonial Approach to Anti-Trafficking Law’ is forthcoming from the University of California Irvine Law Review. She is on the advisory board for Work in Freedom, an ILO-DFID anti-trafficking project. Please see Prabha’s university website for a select list of her publications, as well as her posts at the Trafficking Roundtable blog. She also blogs for the Interdisciplinary Project on Human Trafficking.
Joel Quirk is a Professor of Politics at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research focuses on slavery and abolition, human mobility and human rights, global governance and the political economy of human rights activism, repairing historical wrongs, and the history and politics of sub-Saharan Africa. Recent works include Mobility Makes States (Penn, 2015), and Contemporary Slavery (Cornell, 2018).
Gabriella Sanchez is an assistant professor at the National Security Studies Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Julia O’Connell Davidson is a professor in social research at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol. She has a longstanding research interest in work and economic life, which she has explored through studies of employment relations in the privatized utilities, as well as through research on prostitution and on sex tourism. Since 2001, she has been involved in research on various aspects of ‘human trafficking’, as well as on child migration, child ‘trafficking’ and children’s rights. Julia currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for a project titled 'Modern slavery and the margins of freedom: Debtors, detainees and children'. This work has resulted in the book Modern Slavery: The Margins of Freedom, now out from Palgrave (2015). She furthermore has published extensively on prostitution, ‘trafficking’, and ‘modern slavery’, and is author of Prostitution, Power and Freedom (1998, Polity) and Children in the Global Sex Trade (2005, Polity).
Sam is presently a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Nottingham, and holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy and Administration from the same university. He is primarily interested in sociological, anthropological and policy analysis of childhood, child rights, human rights, social justice, (in)equality, globalisation, migration, racism and identity. He has researched children’s involvement in artisanal gold mining and actively contributes to discussions on this topic and to related debates. Through a number of publications, events and a BBC radio interview, he has argued for more complex analysis of and solutions to this phenomenon and to others deemed to constitute contemporary child or human enslavement. Sam previously worked at the University of Sheffield on a research project on children’s participation rights in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Please find a list of Sam’s publications on his university website.
Elena Shih is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University. Her current book project, Manufacturing Freedom: Trafficking Rescue, Rehabilitation, and the Slave Free Good, is based off 40 months of ethnographic participant observation of the transnational movement to combat human trafficking in China, Thailand, and the US. She is also a Faculty Fellow leading the Human Trafficking Research Cluster through Brown's Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. She tweets at: @uhlenna.
Cecily Jones holds a PhD in Sociology from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She currently holds an Associate Fellowship at the University of Warwick, where she formerly served as Associate Professor in the Dept of Sociology, and as Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies. She has more recently held a Senior Lectureship at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. Her main research interests address colonial slavery in the Caribbean, and its intersections with race, gender, sexuality and enslaved childhood.
Neil Howard is Prize Fellow in International Development at the University of Bath. His research focusses on the governance of ‘unfree labour’ and in particular the various forms of it targeted for eradication by SDG 8.7. He conducts ethnographic research with people defined as victims of trafficking, slavery, child labour and forced labour, and political anthropological research on the institutions that seek to protect them. Neil asks why ‘victims’ are so often excluded from the policy process and tries to make sense of the way that policy-making institutions think, work and navigate their political limitations. His new book Child Trafficking, Youth Labour Mobility and the Politics of Protection was published in 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan. He is a Founding Editor of Beyond Trafficking and Slavery and sits on the Steering Committee of the Children and Work Network. You can follow him on twitter @NeilPHoward.
Cameron Thibos is the managing editor of Beyond Trafficking and Slavery. He previously worked as a research associate at the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute in Florence. He is a specialist in migration and possesses regional expertise in Turkey and the Arab World. Cameron received his D.Phil in 2014 from the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford.