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Jennifer Shaw BA (UVic), MA (UVic), PhD (SFU)

Dr. J. Shaw
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Jennifer Shaw completed her PhD in anthropology at Simon Fraser University in early 2018.  Jennifer previously taught a range of courses at SFU and is now teaching introductory and upper-level anthropology courses at KPU. Her teaching and research interests include children and youth, transnational migration, family and care, health and well-being, precarity and labour, ethnography, storytelling, and visual methods. Her teaching style is dynamic, drawing from her post-secondary teaching experience, first-hand research knowledge, and years of experience working in the non-profit and education sectors as a group facilitator.

Jennifer’s doctoral research explored Filipina/o-Canadian youths’ experiences of transnational migration and long-term family separation after having a parent first move to Canada to work. Through ethnographic storytelling and visual methods, she explored the intergenerational implications of precarity and labour on migrant youths as well as how they remake their worlds amid change, uncertainty, and adversity. Her research has so far resulted in a community-oriented Photovoice book and a peer-reviewed publication in Children & Society. Jennifer was a Vanier Scholar from 2013-2016. Since 2014, she has also been a Contributing Editor for Cultural Anthropology where she contributes to the journal’s website and oversees the social media team.

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