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Contributing Editors

- Genevieve LeBaron (University of Sheffield)
- 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)
- Penelope Kyritsis (openDemocracy)

- Natalie Brinham (Queen Mary University of London)

Genevieve LeBaron

Genevive LeBaronGenevieve LeBaron is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield, Chair of the Yale University Working Group on Modern Slavery, and a UK ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow. Her research focuses on the global business of forced labour and the politics and effectiveness of governance initiatives to combat it.  She has held visiting positions at Yale University, the University of California, Berkeley, the International Labour Organization (Geneva), Osgoode Hall Law School, and Sciences Po, Paris. In 2015, Genevieve was awarded the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award by the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences for her research and policy work on forced labour. Her recent publications can be found here and you can follow her on twitter @glebaron.

Prabha Kotiswaran

Prabha KotiswaranPrabha 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

Joel QuirkJoel Quirk is Associate Professor in Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Before moving to Johannesburg, he served as the Deputy Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull. Joel has a Ph.D. in political science and international relations from the Australian National University, and his research primarily focuses upon topics pertaining to slavery and abolition, human mobility and human rights, repairing historical wrongs, and the history and politics of sub-Saharan Africa. Joel is a current member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project, where he serves as Rapporteur.

  • The Anti-Slavery Project: From the Slave Trade to Human Trafficking  (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)
  • Slavery, Memory and Identity: National Representations and Global Legacies  (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012, co-edited with Douglas Hamilton and Kate Hodgson).
  • Slavery, Migration and Contemporary Bondage in Africa  (Trenton: Africa World Press, 2013, co-edited with Darshan Vigneswaran)
  • International Orders in the Early Modern World: Before the Rise of the West (Routledge, 2014, co-edited with Shogo Suzuki and Yongjin Zhang)
  • Mobility Makes States: Migration and Power in Africa (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015, co-edited with Darshan Vigneswaran). 
  • A large number of Joel’s publications are available on his page.

    Gabriella Sanchez

    Gabriella Sanchez

    Gabriella Sanchez is an assistant professor at the National Security Studies Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso.

    Julia O'Connell Davidson

    Julia DavidsonJulia 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).

  • Child Migration, Child Rights and Child Trafficking Migration Citizenship Education’,, 2012.
  • Trafficking, modern slavery and the human security agenda', Human Security Journal, Vol 6, Spring 2008.
  • Men, middlemen and migrants: the demand side of sex trafficking', Eurozine, 2006.
  • Is Trafficking in Human Beings Demand Driven? A Multi-Country Pilot Study’, IOM Migration Research Series, No. 15. Geneva: IOM, with B. Anderson, 2003.

  • Sam Okyere

    Sam OkyereSam 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

    Elena Shih

    Elena Shih is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University. Her current book project, The Price of Freedom: Moral and Political Economies of Global Human Trafficking Rescue, is based off 40 months of ethnographic participant observation of the transnational movement to combat human trafficking. She is also a Faculty Fellow leading the Human Trafficking Research Cluster through the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. She tweets at: @uhlenna.

    Cecily Jones

    Cecily Jones

    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

    Neil Howard

    Neil Howard is an academic activist based at the Institute of Development Policy and Management at the University of Antwerp. His research focuses on unfree labour, and on the workings of the policy establishment as it seeks to respond. Follow him on twitter @NeilPHoward.

    Cameron Thibos

    Cameron ThibosCameron 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.

    Penelope Kyritsis

    Penelope KyritsisPenelope Kyritsis is assistant managing editor at Beyond Trafficking and Slavery. She holds a BA in Postcolonial Legal Studies from Brown University, where she wrote a senior thesis on the humanitarian and legal discourses around sex trafficking and the contemporary refugee crisis. 

    Natalie Brinham

    Natalie BrinhamNatalie Brinham is a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London researching statelessness. She has worked for many years in NGOs in the UK and Southeast Asia on forced migration, trafficking and statelessness in both frontline service provision roles and research and advocacy roles. She holds an MA from UCL Institute of Education and a BA from SOAS.

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