Antonela Arhin

AntonelaADr. Antonela Arhin is the Executive Officer and a Sessional Lecturer at the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto where she teaches courses on human trafficking, diaspora and transnationalism. She brings over 19 years of experience in higher education, government, NGOs and consulting. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, Serbia, and an M.A. in International Economics and International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. Her B.A. is in English Language and English Literature from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

Her research interests are: transnational illicit flows, markets and networks; transnational labour exploitation; child migration, child rights and human trafficking; diaspora, citizenship and identity; crime and migration; human rights; law and cultural meanings. She has published and presented widely on these topics. Her co-edited book Labour Migration, Human Trafficking and Multinational Corporations: The Commodification of Illicit Flows (London and New York: Routledge, 2012) addresses human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation within the contexts of migration and the global economy.

Dr. Arhin is the recipient of the 2015-16 Inaugural Sessional Lecturer Superior Teaching Award conferred by the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto, and which recognizes some of the FAS's most exceptional sessional lecturers for their contribution to undergraduate education. Students describe her as an incredible instructor who’s extremely knowledgeable, passionate and supportive. In the words of one student: “I have had the great pleasure of working with an array of talented and dedicated professors. None, however, have been as inspiring, or formative in my academic life as Dr. Antonela Arhin.”

She is also a recipient of the 2000-02 Ron Brown Graduate Fellowship for Public Policy and Administration conferred by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

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