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Assistant Professor

Masaya Llavaneras Blanco, PhD
For me teaching is an opportunity to build learning and researching communities with students and colleagues. It is a way of examining global inequalities and our roles in it, while collectively imagining and creating desirable futures.

Masaya Llavaneras Blanco researches and teaches about development studies, care, human mobilities, and transnational feminisms. Her research centres everyday mobilities, migration, domestic work, and social reproduction in the Caribbean, specifically in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She also researches development politics and practices using a feminist lens.

Before joining Huron’s Centre for Global Studies in 2021, Masaya taught in the Departments of Global Studies and Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. She brings to the classroom over a decade of applied experience in applied research and activism in migration and feminist political economy. Masaya is also an active executive committee member of DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era), a long-standing network of feminist activists and researchers from the global south.



PhD, Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University.

MA, Women’s Studies, Universidad Central de Venezuela.

BA (Honours), International Development Studies and International Political Economy, Trent University.


Research Areas:

South-South Migration

Intimate labour

Care and social reproduction

Development Studies

Political Economy

Human Mobilities

Border politics

Everyday life

The Caribbean


Summary of research:

(2024, forthcoming) “‘So, you really want to know about this’: Race, power and the potential of a subversive Critical Feminist Ethics of Care,” In Bougault, S., Fitzgerald, M., and Fiona Robinson (Eds.) Decentering epistemologies and challenging privilege: critical care ethics perspectives, to Rutgers University Press.  (Accepted for publication)

(2023) (Co-edited with Corina Rodríguez Enriquez on behalf of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, DAWN,) Corporate Capture of Development: Public-Private partnerships, Women’s Human Rights and Global Resistance, Bloomsbury Publishing, UK.

(2022). Intimate bordering: Intimacy, anti-blackness and gender violence in the making of the Dominican border. In Political Geography, 99, 102743.

(2022) “Subaltern trajectories: The entanglement between human mobility and the intimate in the Haitian-Dominican borderlands.” In Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 40(5), 1032-1047

(2017) “The travels of an exotic bird: The transnational trajectories of Venezuela’s constitutional recognition of the value of unpaid work.” In Global Social Policy, 17(3), 328-346.