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Conely de Leon

Dr. Conely De Leon

Assistant Professor
EducationHonours BA (Queen’s University), MA (OISE/University of Toronto; Sociology & Equity Studies, Women & Gender Studies), PhD (York University; Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies)
Phone416-979-5000 x553271

Dr. de Leon is on leave during the Winter 2022 term.

Areas of Expertise:

gender; migration; care work; transnational solidarities; critical race theory; community-engaged research; pakikipagkwentuhan (‘talk story’) as method; Critical Filipina/x/o Studies


Dr. de Leon (pronouns: she / they / siya) is a diasporic Filipina/x settler living and working in Toronto on the traditional territories of the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabeg, and the Mississaugas of the Credit. 

Dr. de Leon is grateful to be in conversation with colleagues committed to honouring and strengthening relations with Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities, as well as other migrant communities of colour on these stolen lands. Dr. de Leon continues her journey of un/learning alongside her Ilocano and Ibanag kin in Isabela (‘the rice bowl of the north’) and her Tagalog kin in Bulacan, Philippines. 

While Dr. de Leon’s research traces transnational practices of care and emotional labour among Filipina/x/o migrant workers and their families in the Philippines, Hong Kong, and so-called Canada, she understands that her work requires an ongoing and active commitment to disrupting the settler-colonial and imperial logics that underpin research on racialized migrant care labour. 

At present, Dr. de Leon is involved in two SSHRC-funded Participatory Action Research (PAR) projects with scholar-activists and community leaders whose unwavering commitments to social justice and transnational solidarities have critically shaped her citational politics and praxis. 

The first PAR project, COVID-19: Exploring the Experiences of Filipina Care Workers Using Photovoice and PAR, is led by Dr. Ethel Tungohan (PI, CRC in Canadian Migration Policy, Impacts and Activism, York University) in partnership with Migrants Resource Centre Canada, external link, opens in new window and grassroots feminist organization, Gabriela Ontario, external link, opens in new window

The second PAR project reflects on diasporic stories of migration, aging, and multidirectional care among elderly Filipinos, their families, and communities. This project has been envisioned alongside Dr. Ilyan Ferrer (PI, Carleton University; located on the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation), Dr. Robyn Rodriguez (Director, Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies, UC Davis; located on the ancestral homelands of the Patwin people), Dr. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez (San Francisco State University; located in the occupied territories of the Ohlone and Coast Miwok peoples), and Wayne Jopanda (Associate Director, Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies, UC Davis).


  • SOC 420: Social Class in Changing Times
  • SSH 301: Qualitative Research Methods
  • SOC 606: Work and Families in the 21st Century
  • SOC 474: Immigration, Borders and Belonging
  • IS 8903: Immigration Law, Policy, Politics and Practices 

Graduate Program Membership:

  • Immigration & Settlement Studies

Community & Professional Service:

Recent Publications:

Achacoso, K., M. Farrales, C. de Leon, A. De Leon and R. Diaz. Under Review. Towards New Diasporic Imaginaries: On Critical Directions in Filipinx Canadian Studies. ALON: Journal for Filipinx American and Diasporic Studies.

de Leon, C. and V. Francisco-Menchavez. Accepted. "Overseas Filipino Workers" in The Sage Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies, edited by K. Nadal, A. Tintiango-Cubales and E.J.R. David.

Lightman, N., R. Banerjee, E. Tungohan, C. de Leon, and P. Kelly. 2021. An Intersectional Pathway Penalty: Filipina Immigrant Women Inside and Outside Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program., external link, opens in new window International Migration.

Banerjee, R., P. Kelly, E. Tungohan, P. Cleto, C. de Leon, M. Garcia, M. Luciano, C. Palmaria, and C. Sorio. 2018. From ‘Migrant’ to ‘Citizen’: The Labor Market Integration of Former Live-In Caregivers in Canada., external link, opens in new window ILR Review 71(4): 908-936.

Kelly, P., and C. de Leon. 2017. “Re-scripting Care Work: Collaborative Cultural Production and Caregiver Advocacy” in Precarious Employment: Causes, Consequences and Remedies, external link, opens in new window (pp. 91-108), edited by S. Procyk, W. Lewchuk and J. Shields. Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing.

Tungohan, E., R. Banerjee, W. Chu, P. Cleto, C. de Leon, M. Garcia, P. Kelly, M. Luciano, C. Palmaria, and C. Sorio. 2015. After the Live-In Caregiver Program: Filipina Caregivers’ Experiences of Graduated and Uneven Citizenship., external link, opens in new window Canadian Ethnic Studies 47(1): 87-105.

de Leon, C. 2014. “Family separation and reunification among former Filipina migrant domestic workers and their adult daughters in two Canadian cities” in When Care Work Goes Global: Locating the Social Relations of Domestic Work, external link, opens in new window (pp. 139-158), edited by M. Romero, V. Preston, and W. Giles. London: Ashgate.