Annalee Lepp

Annalee Lepp
Associate Professor, Dean of Humanities
Gender Studies

PhD 2001, History, Queen's University

Office: CLE C305a

Joined UVic Gender Studies in 1993
Recipient of the 2012-13 Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
I was trained as an historian and my historical research has focused on Canadian gender, family, and legal history and most specifically the history of marital breakdown and domestic violence in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Canada.

My other main area of research concentrates on trafficking in persons, transnational labour migration, and irregular border movements in the global and especially the Canadian context.

I was a co-founder in 1996 and am the current director of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) Canada, a member organization of GAATW whose international secretariat is located in Bangkok. Work in this area has included human trafficking crisis intervention, advocacy, and acting as the principal investigator for a number of funded collaborative research projects on human trafficking and irregular cross-border movements from a human rights perspective.

Research Interests

  • Canadian Gender, Family, and Legal History
  • Trafficking in Persons and Human Rights
  • Transnational Migration

Faces of UVic Research: Annalee Lepp

Courses Designed and Taught

  • GNDR 201 Gender, Food and Power
  • GNDR 302 Sex Work, Trafficking and Human Rights
  • GNDR 400A Critical Research Practices
  • GNDR 400B Research Seminar for Independent Project

Selected Publications

“Canada,” Sex Workers Organising for Change: Self-Representation, Community Mobilisation, and Working Conditions. Bangkok: GAATW, 2018. 151-195.

“Collateral Damage: Anti-Trafficking Campaigns, Border Security, and Sex Workers’ Rights Struggles in Canada,” We Still Demand! Refining Resistance in Sex and Gender Struggles, eds. Patrizia Gentile, Gary Kinsmen, and Pauline Rankin (UBC Press, 2017).

“Eni Lestari in Conversation with Annalee Lepp,” Migration, Mobility & Displacement 2, 1 (Winter 2016): 55-66.

“Building and Redefining ‘Women’s Studies’ in Canada,” Solitudes of the Workplace: Women and Universities, ed. Elvi Whittaker. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015. 17-35.

“Repeat Performance? Human Trafficking and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games,” Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy and Research on Sex Work in Canada. Edited by Emily van der Meulen, Elya M. Durisin, and Victoria Love. UBC Press, 2013. 251-268.

2010 Winter Games Analysis on Human Trafficking (principal investigator and author). Public Safety Canada, 2013.

Dis/membering the Family: Marital Breakdown, Domestic Conflict, and Family Violence in Ontario, 1830 – 1920. University of Toronto Press, under revision. 450 pp.

“Constructing Normality and Confronting Deviance: Familial Ideologies, Household Structures, and ‘Divorce’ in the 1901 Census.” Household Counts: Canadian Households and Families in 1901. eds. Eric Sager and Peter Baskerville. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007. 441-476.

“Trafficking in Women and the Feminization of Migration: The Canadian Context.” Canadian Woman Studies 21/22, 4/1 (Spring/Summer 2002): 90-99.

Transnational Migration, Trafficking in Women, and Human Rights: The Canadian Dimension, 2002 (co-author and editor of this research and policy report). Funded by Status of Women Canada, 2002. 160 pp.

Whores, Maids and Wives: Making Links: Proceedings of the North American Regional Consultative Forum on Trafficking in Women . Victoria: GAATW Canada, 1998. 127 pp. (co-edited with Cheryl Harrison, Shelagh Plunkett, and Jyoti Sanghera).

A Decent Living: Women Workers in the Winnipeg Garment Industry. Toronto: New Hogtown Press, 1991 (co-authored with Barbara Roberts and David Millar).


President's Extraordinary Service Award - Collaborator
University of Victoria Nominee, 3M National Teaching Fellowship
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Faculty of Humanities Teaching Excellence Award


Director, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) Canada
Executive Member, Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF)
Board Member, Peers Victoria Resource Society
International Board Member and Research Advisory Group Member, GAATW