Elena Shih, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University
Elena Shih has spent the past decade conducting research on the anti-human trafficking movement in China, Thailand, and the US. She has worked as a research consultant with the United Nations Inter Agency Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons China Office, as a Fulbright Fellow for the Beijing Center for Women's Law Studies and Legal Aid, and has conducted ethnographic participant observation and community based research with several migrant worker, and gender and sexual rights organizations in these three countries. In Rhode Island, she was awarded a Community Action Research Initiative grant from the American Sociological Association to support her work with COYOTE RI, to document the effects of the 2009 re-criminalization of indoor sex work on sex worker and immigrant communities in the state. She is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Sociology at Brown University, and also Faculty Fellow who leads a of the Human Trafficking research cluster through Brown's Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Shih serves on the editorial board for the Anti-Trafficking Review, a peer reviewed journal based out of the Global Alliance Against the Traffic in Women.