Elena Shih is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, where she is also a Faculty Fellow directing a human trafficking research cluster at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Her research has appeared in Sociological Perspectives, Contexts, Social Politics, and positions: asia critique. She serves on the editorial boards of The Anti-Trafficking Review, a peer-reviewed journal run through the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, and openDemocracy’s Beyond Trafficking and Slavery editorial platform.
Since the turn of the twenty-first century, there has been a remarkable surge of interest among both academics and policy makers in the effects that religion has on international aid and development. Within this broad field, the work of ‘religious NGOs’ or ‘Faith-Based Organisations’ (FBOs) has garnered considerable attention.