Antonela Arhin

Senior Research Associate

Dr. Antonela Arhin, B.A. (Novi Sad), M.A. (Johns Hopkins University), Ph.D. (Novi Sad), is the Associate Director at the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. She brings over 20 years of experience in higher education, government, NGOs and consulting. Her research interests include transnational labour exploitation; child migration, child rights and trafficking; human trafficking and smuggling; diaspora, citizenship and identity; crime and migration; human rights; law and cultural meanings; transnationalism and globalization. She has published and presented widely on these topics. Her co-edited book Labour Migration, Human Trafficking and Multinational Corporations: The Commodification of Illicit Flows (London and New York: Routledge, 2012) addresses human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation within the contexts of transnational migration and global political economy.

Dr. Arhin is the recipient of the 2015-16 Inaugural Sessional Lecturer Superior Teaching Award conferred by the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto, and which recognizes some of the FAS’s most exceptional sessional lecturers for their contribution to undergraduate education. She is also the recipient of the 2000-02 Ron Brown Graduate Fellowship for Public Policy and Administration conferred by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.


Introduction to Diaspora and Transnational Studies
Quantitative and Qualitative Reasoning
Research Design
Human Trafficking and Contemporary Slavery
Human Trafficking and/in Diaspora
Human Trafficking, Migration and Human Rights


  • An Exploration of the Economic Security Approach to Deciphering Labor Trafficking: Addressing Structural Sources of Vulnerability (article)
  • Conceptualizing Child Labour Trafficking and Exploitation: The Case of Roma Children in Southeast Europe (article)
  • A Diaspora Approach to Understanding Human Trafficking for Labour Exploitation: The U.S. Case (article)
  • Facilitating Human Trafficking: Criminal Enterprises and Strategies (book chapter)
  • Human Trafficking in the Canadian Context (consultancy)