Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies
Collaborative Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Asian Institute; Affiliated faculty, CSUS
Dept. of Anthropology 19 Russell St Univ. of Toronto Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S2
Bonnie McElhinny is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She has three key research projects. One research strand focuses on historical and contemporary investigations of North American interventions into Filipino health care and childcare practices, and reactions and resistance to these. Her current work includes an investigation into early 20th century attempts to address high infant mortality rates in the Philippines during the American colonial occupation, as a case study in imperial attempts to restructure affect and intimacy, and the ways debates about children were used as a terrain for imperial and nationalist arguments. She also investigates contemporary ramifications of these histories in research on Filipino-Canadians with the Kritical Kolectibo. A second, SSHRC-funded research project investigates international and immigrant nurses working in indigenous communities in Canada, as a way of investigating imperial circuits. A third is a textbook on the history of linguistic anthropology, with significant attention to political and economic contexts.
`McElhinny is the former director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute. She is founding co-editor of the journal Gender and Language, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Sociolinguistics.
Ph. D Stanford University, 1993
M. A. Stanford University, 1992
M. A. John Hopkins University, 1991
B.A. University of Pittsburgh, 1987
awards and distinctions
University of Toronto Dean’s Excellence Award, 1997, 1998, 2005-2010
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Richard Carley Hunt Post-doctural Fellowship, 1998
Fulbright Fellowship, Kristina Instituutti (Christina Institute for Women’s Studies), University of Helsinki, Finland, 1993
Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, 1987-1993
Research Associate, University of Pittsburgh Women’s Studies Program, 1991-2
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1987-1991
Stanford University Centennial Teaching Assistant, 1991
Fellow, Stanford Humanities Centre, 1990-1
Fellow, Stanford Centre for the Study of Conflict and Negotiation, 1989
2012. Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility. Edited by Roland Coloma, Bonnie McElhinny, Ethel Tungohan, J.P. Catungal, and Lisa Davidson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 20 chapters; I am second, co-editor of the volume, lead co-author on the introduction, and solo author of one chapter. 441 pages.
2007. Words, Worlds, Material Girls: Language and Gender in a Global Economy. Edited by Bonnie McElhinny. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 452 pp.
Refereed Articles and Chapter
2012 a. Introduction: Spectres of (In)visibility (I am lead co-author, with Lisa Davidson, J.P. Catungal, Ethel Tungohan and Roland Coloma). In Filipino Lives in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility. Edited by Roland Coloma, Bonnie McElhinny, Ethel Tungohan, J.P. Catungal, and Lisa Davidson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 5-45.
2012 b. Meet Me in Toronto: The Re-Exhibition of Artifacts from the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition at the Royal Ontario Museum. In Filipino Lives in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility. Edited by Roland Coloma, Bonnie McElhinny, Ethel Tungohan, J.P. Catungal, and Lisa Davidson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 223-242.
2011. Silicon Valley Sociolinguistics? Analyzing Language, Gender and Communities of Practice in the New Knowledge Economy. In Language in Late Capitalism: Pride and Profit. Edited by Alexandre Duchêne and Monica Heller. Taylor & Francis: Routledge (Series on Critical Multilingualism), pp. 230-261.
Language, Ideology and Political Economy
Advanced Research Methods in Women and Gender Studies
Gender, the Philippines and Filipino Diaspora
“Diversity”: Comparative and Critical Perspectives
Living on the Water’s Edge in Toronto: Great Lakes Anthropology
Anthropology of Gender
Advanced Research in Women and Gender Studies