Dr. Catherine BryanPhD

Associate Professor


Email: catherine.bryan@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1356
Fax: 902-494-6709
Mailing Address: 
School of Social Work Dalhousie University Suite 3242, Mona Campbell Building, 1459 LeMarchant Street PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Labour Migration and Immigration
  • Transnational livelihoods
  • Economy, work and development
  • Rural communities
  • Feminist political economy
  • Social reproduction

Current Research

  • [principle investigator] "Complicated Encounters: The Integration of Feminized Migrant Labour in Nova Scotia’s Fish Processing Sector" (SSHRC Insight Development Grant). 
  • [co-investigator] "Local Food, Foreign Labour: A Multi-sited ethnography of the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program in Nova Scotia, Mexico, and Jamaica" (SSHRC Insight Grant) 
  • [co-investigator] "Fast food, Slow Migration: Canada's Temporary Workers at Home in the Philippines"(SSHRC Insight Grant)
  • Dr. Bryan is also the current co-chair and Dalhousie Lead for the Nova Scotia Immigration Roundtable, and the co-organizer of the Dalhousie Feminist Seminar Series. 


  • Bryan, C. (2019). Labour, population, and precarity: temporary foreign workers transition to permanent residency in rural Manitoba. Studies in Political Economy, 100(3), 252-269.
  • Bryan, C. (2019). Mothers and Work: Social Reproduction and the Labours of Motherhood, in L. O’ Brien Hallstein, A. O’Reilly & M. Vandenbeld Giles (Ed.) (pp. 331-342). The Routledge Companion to Motherhood.New York: Routledge. 
  • Bryan, C. (2019). Rural Mobilities: Migrant Workers in Manitoba. Journal for the Anthropology of North America, 22(2), 79-81.
  • Bryan, C. (2018). “Wait and while you Wait, Work: On the Reproduction of Precarious Labour in Liminal Spaces”. In W. Lem & P. G. Barber (eds.) Migration, Temporality, and Capitalism: Entangled Mobilities across Global Spaces (pp.123-140). London: Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Bryan, C. (2017). Understanding Service Work as Reproductive Labour: A Feminist Political Economy of Filipino Migrant Hotel Workers in Rural Manitoba. In G. Bonifacio (ed.) Gender, Feminism and Global Cross-cultural Connections: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (pp. 141-154). Castle Hill, AUS: Emerald Press. 
  • Barber, P. G. & Bryan, C. (2017). IOM in the Field: “Walking the Talk” of Global Migration Management.Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (special issue on the International Organization for Migration). 
  • Bryan, C. (2014). Multiplying mothers: Migration and the work of mothering. In M. Vandenbeld Giles (Ed.),Mothering in a neoliberal age (pp.35-50). Bradford, ON: Demeter Press. 
  • Barber, P. G. & Bryan, C. (2014). “Value Plus Plus” Housewifization and History in Philippine Care Migration. (Republished in) M. Romero, V. Preston & W. Giles (eds.), When Care Work Goes Global: Locating the Relations of Domestic Work, (pp. 29-44). Farnham, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited. 
  • Denov, M. & Bryan, C. (2014). Social Navigation and the Resettlement Experiences of Separated Children in Canada. Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees, 30(1). 25-34.
  • Dobrowolsky, A., Bryan, C. & Barber, P. G. (2014). Choices, Calculations and Commitments that Help to Create a Home Away from Home. In E. Tastsoglou & B. Cottrell (Eds.), The Warmth of Welcome: Is Atlantic Canada a Home Away from Home for Immigrants. Sydney: University of Cape Breton Press. 
  • Bryan, C. (2012). Gendered Returns, Ambivalent Transnationals: Situating Transnationalism in Local Asymmetry. Anthropologica, 54(1). 133-142.
  • Barber, P. G. & Bryan, C. (2012). "Value Plus Plus:" Housewifization and History in Philippine Care Migration. In P. G. Barber & W. Lem (eds.), Twenty-First Century Migration: Political Economy and Ethnography (pp. 86-116). New York: Routledge.
  • Denov, M. & Bryan, C. (2012). Tactical Manoeuvring and Calculated Risks: Independent Child Migrants and the Complex Terrain of Flight. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development: Special Issue on Independent Child Migrants. 13-27.
  • Bryan, C. & Denov, M. (2011). Separated Children in Canada and the Construction of Risk Identity. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. 9(3). 242-266. 

  • Denov, M. & Bryan, C. (2010). Unaccompanied Refugee Children in Canada: Experiences of Flight and Resettlement. Canadian Social Work: Special Issue on the Settlement and Integration of Newcomers to Canada. 12(1). 67-75.


Dr. Bryan teaches in both the BSW and MSW program in the areas of theory, policy, and research, and she is cross-appointed to the Gender & Women's Studies Program and the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology.