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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
October 21, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Janet McLaughlin

Assistant Professor, Health Studies; Research Associate, International Migration Research Centre (IMRC), WLU (on leave)

Contact Information
Phone: 519-756-8228 (WLU - Brantford) ext.5568   |  lab 519.884.1970 ext.4170
Other Phone: 226-772-3130 IMRC
Fax: 519-725-1342
Office Location: RCE 242/IMRC - BSIA 239, Waterloo

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Academic Background

BA, International Development Studies (Guelph, 2002)

MA, Human Rights, (Sussex, 2004)

PhD, Anthropology (Toronto, 2009)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, International Migration Research Centre (WLU, 2011)


Janet McLaughlin is an Assistant Professor of Health Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford Campus, and is a Research Associate with the International Migration Research Centre. Her current research projects investigate access to health care and workers’ compensation for migrant farm workers; gender-based violence against immigrant and migrant women in Canada; sexual and reproductive health of migrant workers; social determinants of health of migrant workers; and the impacts of family separation on migrant workers. Her general research interests include issues of global and environmental health, health care access, human rights, food systems, labour, citizenship and transnational migration in the Americas. Dr. McLaughlin is also involved in several community groups. She is co-founder of the Migrant Worker Health Project <> and the Waterloo Region Migrant Workers Interest Group.

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Selected Publications

McLaughlin, J. and J. Hennebry. 2013. Pathways to Precarity: Structural Vulnerabilities and Lived Consequences for Migrant Farmworkers in Canada. Chapter in Producing and Negotiating non-Citizenship: Precarious Legal Status in Canada.  Luin Goldring and Patricia Landolt (eds.) University of Toronto Press.

McLaughlin, J. 2013. The Hands behind the Harvest: Migrant Workers in Niagara's Wine Industry. Chapter in The World of Niagara Wine. Michael Ripmeester and Phillip Gordon Mackintosh (eds.) Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Hennebry, J. and J. McLaughlin. 2012. The Exception that Proves the Rule: Structural Vulnerability, Health Risks and Consequences for Temporary Migrant Farmworkers in Canada. Chapter in Legislating Inequality: Canada's Temporary Migrant Worker Program. Christine Hughes and Patti Lenard (eds.) McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Pysklywec, M., J. McLaughlin, M. Tew and T. Haines. 2011. Doctors Within Borders: Meeting the Health Care Needs of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada.  Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) (April).

McLaughlin, J. 2011. Determinants of Health of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada. Health Policy Research Bulletin, Issue #17: Migration Health.

McLaughlin, J. 2010. Classifying the "ideal migrant worker": Mexican and Jamaican transnational farmworkers in Canada." Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 2010(57): 79-94.

McLaughlin, J. 2009. Migration and Health: Implications for Development. The Canadian Foundation for the Americas Labour Mobility and Development Project, Policy Paper #2, October.

McLaughlin, J. 2008. Gender, Health and Mobility: Health Concerns of Women Migrant Farm Workers in Canada. FOCALPoint: Canada’s Spotlight on the Americas 7(9): December.

McLaughlin, J. 2007. Falling through the Cracks: Seasonal Foreign Farm Workers’ Health and Compensation across Borders. The Industrial Accident  Victims Group of Ontario (IAVGO)Reporting Service 21(1): October.