Campus Directory: Glenda Bonifacio

University of Lethbridge

Glenda Bonifacio
Women & Gender Studies
Office: C882 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 380-1897
Fax: (405) 329-2555


B.A. (Political Science) University of Philippines; M.A. (Asian Studies) University of Philippines; Ph.D. (History and Politics) University of Wollongong


Gender, migration and citizenship, Globalization and development, Women and religion/spirituality

Research Areas

Transitional Services of Live-in Caregivers in Alberta, Gender and Temporary Foreign Workers

Previous Research Areas

Gender, migration, and citizenship of Filipino women, Australia, Gender and labour migration, Gender, Religion and Migration: Pathways to Integration

Alternate Languages


About Me

Accepting qualified graduate students working on the intersections of gender, migration and disaster for Fall 2021.


Glenda Lynna Anne Tibe Bonifacio holds a BA in Social Sciences major in Political Science (magna cum laude, University of the Philippines); MA in Asian Studies (University of the Philippines); and a Ph.D. from the School of History and Politics, University of Wollongong, Australia in 2004.

Selected Publications

2018. Global Currents in Gender and Feminisms: Canadian and International Perspectives (editor). UK: Emerald Press.

2018. Women and Religion: Contemporary and Future Challenges in the Global Era (co-edited with Elisabetta Ruspini and Consuelo Corradi). UK: Policy Press, University of Bristol.

2017. Canadian Perspectives on Immigration in Small Cities (co-edited with Julie Drolet). Switzerland: Springer.

2015. Migrant Domestic Workers and Family Life: International Perspectives (co-edited with Maria Kontos). London: Palgrave Macmillan

2014. Gender and Rural Migration: Realities, Conflict and Change (editor). New York: Routledge

2013. Pinay on the Prairies: Filipino Women and Transnational Identities. Vancouver: UBC Press.

2012. Feminism and Migration: Cross-cultural Engagements (editor). London and New York: Springer

2010. Gender, Religion and Migration: Pathways of Integration (co-edited with Vivienne SM. Angeles). Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.

Book Chapters:
2016. I Care for You, Who Cares for Me? Transitional Services of Filipino Live-in Caregivers in Canada. In Sisters or Strangers? Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History, 2nd edition, eds. Marlene Epp and Franca Iacovetta, 252-270. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2016. Legacy in the Academe: Integrated Activism for Social Justice. In Disrupt 2.0. Filipino Women: Daring to Lead. The Second Book on Leadership by the Filipina Women's Network, ed. Maria Africa Beebe, 153-162. San Francisco, CA: Filipina Women's Network.

2015. Live-in Caregivers in Canada; Servitude for Promissory Citizenship and Family Rights. In Migrant Domestic Workers and Family Life: International Perspectives, ed. Maria Kontos and Glenda Bonifacio, 145-161. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2014. "The Lonely Planet": Filipino Temporary Foreign Workers, Housing Arrangements, and Sexualities in Rural Alberta. In Gender and Rural Migration: Realities, Conflict and Change, ed. G. Bonifacio, 228-251. New York and London: Routledge.

2010. Building Communities through Faith: Filipino Catholics in Philadelphia and Alberta (with V. Angeles). In Gender, Religion and Migration: Pathways of Integration (co-edited with Vivienne SM. Angeles), 257-273. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2010. Five Daughters and a PhD: Pinay and Mothering in Canada. In Mothering Canada: Interdisciplinary Voices, eds. Shawna Geissler, Lynn Loutzenhiser, Jocelyne Praud, and Leesa Streifler, 181-191. Toronto: Demeter Press.

2009. Migration and Maternalism: (Re)Configuring Ruddick's Maternal Love. In Maternal Thinking: Philosophy, Politics, Practice, ed. Andrea O'Reilly, 160-172. Toronto: Demeter Press.

2009. Feminist Teaching of the Goddess in Southern Alberta: Students' Responses and Challenges. In Feminist Spirituality: The Next Generation, ed. Chris Klassen, 119-135. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2016. The Intro Course: A Pedagogical Tool Kit. (contributor, with Lisa Bednar, Sonja Boon, Marg Hobbs, Rachel Hurst, Krista Johnston, Heather Latimer, Helen Hok-Sze Leung, Marie Lovrod, Carla Rice, Trish Salah, Jocelyn Thorpe and Alissa Trotz) Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice 37.2(2): 54-67,

2009. Activism from the Margins: Filipino Marriage Migrants in Australia. Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies 30(3): 142-168.

2009. From Temporary Workers to Permanent Residents: Transitional Services for Filipino Live-in Caregivers in Southern Alberta. Our Diverse Cities: Prairies Region 6 (Spring): 136-149.

2008. I Care for You, Who Cares for Me? Transitional Services of Filipino Live-in Caregivers in Canada. Asian Women: Gender Issues in International Migration, 24(1): 25-50.

2005. Filipino Women in Australia: Practising Citizenship at Work, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 14(3): 293-326.

2003. Becoming an Australian Citizen: A Total Buy-Out for the Filipina? Review of Women's Studies 13(1): 126-156.

In The Media

Joanna Belle Deala, "The class is in session: Dr. Glenda Bonifacio's life lesson", Philippine Canadian Inquirer, November 15, 2018.

Leading lady: Dr. Glenda Bonifacio. Inspiring Lights, University of Lethbridge, October 20, 2017,

The Prentice Institute, "Research affiliate Glenda Bonifacio named one of the most influential Filipina women in the world", October 22, 2015,

Students get challenging but amazing learning experience in the Philippines, UNews, University of Lethbridge, August 10, 2015,

Excitement builds as students prepare for Philippine field study, Campus Life, University of Lethbridge, June 19, 2015,

Research Interests

Gender, migration, and citizenship; development and globalization; post-disaster communities; feminist spirituality

Graduate supervision:
Rabindra Chaulagain, "Migration and integration: Intergenerational impact of identity formation among Nepali speaking Bhutanese refugees in Southern Alberta" (PhD candidate, CSPT, 2018-)

Roxanna Epe, "A study of displacement and social protection in Mindanao, Philippines" (PhD candidate, CSPT, 2017-)

Jacklyne Cheruiyot, "Masculinities and young men's involvement in sexual and reproductive health program in Eldoret, Kenya" (candidate, MA in Women's Studies, 2018-)

Greta Vardazaryan, "Gender, migration and practices of political participation in Southern Alberta" (MA Women and Gender Studies, completed 2016)

Semedeton Ilo, "The power of agency: Transformation of gender roles and marital relations among Nigerian immigrant women in Lethbridge, Alberta" (MA Women and Gender Studies, completed 2015)

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Gender and Religious Activism
Gender, Religion and Migration: Pathways to Integration
Transitional Services of Live-in Caregivers in Alberta Prairie Metropolis Centre, University of Alberta, $12,500, 2006-07.

Glenda Bonifacio, University of Lethbridge

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