Dr. Glenda Bonifacio

Dr. Glenda Lynna Anne Tibe Bonifacio is an Associate Professor of Women & Gender Studies, in the Faculty of Arts and Science, at the University of Lethbridge. She is also a Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy. She holds a BA in Social Sciences major in Political Science (magna cum laude, University of the Philippines); MA in Asian Studies (University of the Philippines); and a Ph.D. from the School of History and Politics, University of Wollongong, Australia in 2004. Although she is known for being one of the experts in Women & Gender Studies with one monograph, three edited books, and four co-edited books, she did not first choose to be a Professor in Women & Gender Studies. Her PhD dissertation is about gender and politics, and these topics have become the basis of her specialization. For Dr. Bonifacio, who gained an interdisciplinary background in Social Sciences and Asian Studies, being able to teach women’s studies is just a perfect timing. She believes that Women & Gender Studies is one of the best fields of study as it covers so many disciplines – politics, economics, science, philosophy, etc. — as gleaned from the standpoint of women or gendered lens. Gender matters in all aspects of study.

Dr. Bonifacio organized her first summer field course of the Department of Women & Gender Studies in Tacloban in 2015 where, unexpectedly, 14 Canadian students registered from the limited 10 slots available. The reason for conducting this field course was for them to examine gender and local-global intersections that relate to their discipline such as education, economy, culture, environment, among others.

Dr. Bonifacio was selected, in 2015, to receive the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award in the Innovator and Thought Leader category. The award by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) recognizes women who have broken new ground in the global workplace by using emerging technology to transform the way people think, or by developing a product or service that has improved the lives of others.

In 2014, Dr. Bonifacio, along with other passionate women in Lethbridge, organized ReadWorld Foundation to help schools which were affected by typhoons rebuild their library resources through collecting, organizing, and shipping used books to impoverished communities in the Philippines. This program is operated on a zero budget and relies completely on volunteers and the support of community donors and sponsors.

Dr. Glenda Bonifacio wakes up every morning with a mission to discover life’s full meaning by interacting with her husband and five daughters, her friends, colleagues, and the community. She spends her valuable spare time with her loved ones and attends to meetings or events that matters to her the most.


Twitter: @GlendaBonifacio

Research Interests: International Development; Development of Individuals; Communities and Social Life; Canada; Major Religious Traditions; International Relations and Development; Human Rights and Liberties; Collective Rights; Globalization; Gender Relationship; Feminist Activism; Transitional Services of Live-in Caregivers in Alberta; Gender and Temporary Foreign Workers; Gender, Migration, and Citizenship of Filipino Women; Australia; Gender and Labour Migration; Gender, Religion, and Migration: Pathways to Integration.

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