Genevieve LeBaron is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield and Co-Chair of the Working Group on Modern Slavery at Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition. In 2015, Genevieve was awarded the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA) from the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences for her research and policy work on forced labour. She currently holds a UK Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leaders grant to investigate the global business of forced labour, as well as grants from the Ford Foundation and British Academy.
She is co-founder and Editor of the Beyond Slavery and Trafficking hub on openDemocracy, a global digital commons with 9 million readers. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Salon, The Hindu and Brown Journal of World Affairs, and her research has been presented across national and international media including The Economist, Forbes, Fortune, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Globe and Mail. She sits on the development committee of the Human Trafficking Risk Template, a free open source industry standard template to assist company compliance with anti-slavery and anti-trafficking legislation.
Prior to joining Sheffield, she was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, where she was shortlisted for the National Postdoctoral Prize. She has held visiting positions at Yale University, the University of California, Berkeley and the International Labour Organization in Geneva.