Maya Shapiro completed her doctorate in the Department of Anthropology at York University. She has researched and published on the access to prenatal healthcare, anti-deportation activism and everyday affective engagements of undocumented women from the Global South who were living and working in Tel Aviv, Israel between 2009 and 2012. Over the course of her academic career, Maya has worked outside the university as a counsellor and reproductive health educator at an abortion clinic, as a Spanish-language interpreter in a food security program, and as an administrator at a health clinic for undocumented migrants. She has also participated in activist and advocacy collectives as an organizer, researcher and translator with Seasonal Agricultural Workers and Live-in Caregivers in Ontario and British Colombia, and with undocumented migrants and asylum seekers in Toronto and Tel Aviv.
A teacher at heart, Maya’s experience in front of the classroom includes working on a university study abroad program in the United States, India, Argentina and South Africa, and building and directing courses at home, in Canada. Maya’s current teaching and research interests include illegalized migration, citizenship and the nation-state, domestic work, the politics of pregnancy, abortion and birth, reproductive tourism and global health.