Canada Research Chair in Transnationalism and Precarious Labour
University of Toronto, BSc, Honours
University of British Columbia, 1984, MA, PhD


My research focuses on transnational migration, labour precarity and performance. I am currently completing a book on the travels of Caleb Johnston’s and my testimonial play, performed in Vancouver (2009), Berlin HAU1 (2009), Manila (PETA, 2013; in collaboration with Migrante International, 2014), and Whitehorse (2015). I am preoccupied with how to put stories of transnational migration and family separation into circulation, with the politics of testimony and witnessing, and the obligations of witnessing and dialogue within, beyond and across national and community borders. I am developing new research on the outsourcing of eldercare.


PRATT, G. and JOHNSTON, C., 2015 ‘Filipina Domestic Workers, Violent Insecurity, Testimonial Theatre and Transnational Ambivalence’ Area, 15-17



PRATT, G. and SAN JUAN, R.M. 2014 Film and Urban Space: Critical Possibilities (University of Edinburgh Press)



PRATT, G. and ROSNER, V. 2012 The Global and the Intimate: Feminism in our time (Columbia University Press)

LEE, E. and PRATT, G. 2012 ‘The Spectacular and the Mundane: Racialised State Violence and Filipino Migrant Families’ Environment and Planning A 4, 889-904

PRATT, G. 2012 Families Apart: Migrating Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love (University of Minnesota Press)



PRATT, G. 2010 ‘Collaboration as feminist strategy’ Gender Place and Culture 17, 43-48

JOHNSTON, C. and PRATT, G. 2010 ‘Nanay (Mother): a testimonial play’ Cultural Geographies 17(1), 123-133

Winter 2018

GEOG371 Research Strategies in Human Geography Sections

Formulating a research problem and selecting an appropriate research strategy. Research strategies range from social scientific survey methods to ethnography. Priority enrolment for honours and major students in Geography.

Winter 2018

GEOG520 Themes and Interpretive Issues in Modern Human Geography Sections

Themes and interpretive issues in modern human geography. Students from outside Geography require the permission of the Head of the department.