Bio

Meredith Ralston is Professor in the Departments of Women’s Studies and Political Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her work has been in the areas of prostitution and sex tourism in the Philippines and the Gambia, women and politics, and homeless women and prostitution in Canada. She is the co-author of Reluctant Bedfellows: Feminism, Activism and Prostitution in the Philippines recently published by Kumarian Press and author of Nobody Wants to Hear our Truth: Homeless Women and Theories of the Welfare State. She has been involved with two long-term development projects, one in the Philippines and one in the Gambia, both million dollar projects funded by CIDA. She is also an award-winning filmmaker, and her film, Hope in Heaven (about sex tourism in the Philippines) is narrated by Kiefer Sutherland and was broadcast to great acclaim on CBC in Canada. She also wrote and directed two documentaries with the National Film Board of Canada on women in politics. Her most recent film is entitled, Selling Sex.