Treena Orchard, PhD

Treena Orchard

Associate Professor

Room 343, HSB
519 661-2111 x84313


  • PhD (Manitoba)
  • MA (Memorial)
  • BA (Saskatchewan)

Academic Appointments

  • Undergraduate Program Chair, School of Health Studies
  • Department of Women's Studies

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Gender and sex work
  • Digital sexuality and dating practices
  • The politics of health and post-colonialism
  • Marginalized communities
  • Ethnography and collaborative research
  • Arts-based methodologies
  • Creative writing and memoir

Additional Information

Select Publications/Projects


  • Dewey, S., Zhang, T. & Orchard, T. (2016). Sex workers and Criminalization in North America and China: Ethical and Legal Issues in Exclusionary Regimes, NYC: Springer Press.
  • Orchard, T. (2017). Remembering the Body: Ethical Issues in Body Mapping Research. NYC: Springer Press (Springer Briefs in Anthropology- Anthropology and Ethics).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Orchard, T. (2021). Covid & Climacteric: The Quiet Collision of Two Crises, Paper for Special Issue about the Gendered Body during Covid for Gender, Place & Culture, in preparation.
  • Dewey, S. & Orchard, T. (2020). Notes from Inside the Knowledge Production Machine: Critical Retrospectives on Research with Women in the Sex Trade, Invited paper for the South Atlantic Quarterly, in press.
  • Orchard, T., Murie, A., Elash, H., Middleton, C., Bunch, M., & Benoit, C. (2019). Balance, Capacity, and The Contingencies of Everyday Life: Narrative Etiologies of Health Among Women in Street-Based Sex Work, Qualitative Health Research,
  • Sivagurunathan, M., Orchard, T., & Evans, M. (2019). Barriers to Service Utilization Among Male Sexual Abuse Survivors: Providers’ Perspectives, Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Orchard, T., Murie, A., Elash, H., Middleton, C., Bunch, M., Sadakhom, D., Oiamo, T., & Benoit, C. (2018). “People like Us”: Spatialized Notions of Health, Stigma, Power, and Subjectivity Among Women in Street Sex Work, Culture, Health & Sexuality, 21(4): 478-494.
  • Dewey, S., Orchard, T., & Harris, K. (2018). Shared Precarities and Maternal Subjectivities: Navigating Motherhood and Child Custody Loss Among North American Women in Street-Based Sex Work, Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology, 46(1): 27-48.
  • Orchard, T.  & Dewey, S. (2016). How Do You Like Me Now?: The Spatialization of Research Subjectivities and Fieldwork Boundaries in Research with Women in Sex Work, Anthropologica, 58(2): 250-263.
  • Orchard, T., Vale, J., Macphail, S., Wender, C. & Oiamo, T. (2016).  “You just have to be smart”: Spatial Practices and Subjectivity among Women in Sex Work, Gender, Place & Culture, 26(11): 1572-1585.
  • Orchard, T., Salters, K., Michelow, W., Lepik, K., Palmer, A.  & Hogg, R. (2015). “My job is to deal with what I can”: HIV care providers’ perspectives on adherence to HAART, addictions, and comprehensive care delivery in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Critical Public Health,
  • Orchard, T. (2015). The Role of “Children” in Global Sex Work & Trafficking Discourses, Invited Contribution to: Open Democracy-Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, URL:
  • Orchard, T., Salters, K., Palmer, A., Michelow, W., Lepik, K. & Hogg, R. (2015). Vets, Denialists, and Rememberers: Health Care Providers Perspectives about Adherence and Non-Adherence to HAART among Poly-Substance Users, AIDS Care, 27(6), 758-61.
  • Orchard, T., Farr, S., Macphail, S., Wender, C. & Wilson, C. (2014). Expanding the Scope of Inquiry: Exploring Accounts of Childhood and Family among Canadian Sex Workers, Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 23(1), 9-18.
  • Orchard, T., Farr, S., Macphail, S., Wender. C. & Young, D. (2012). Sex Work in the Forest City: Sex Work Beginnings, Types, and Clientele among Women in London, Ontario. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 9(4), 350-362.
  • Schilder, A.; Orchard, T., Buchner, C.; Miller, M.; Fernandez, K.; Strathdee, S; & Hogg. R (2008). ‘It’s like the treasure’: Beliefs Associated with Semen among Young HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Men Who Have Sex with Men. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 7(10), 667-679.
  • Orchard, T. (2007). In This Life: The Impact of Gender and Tradition on Sexuality and Relationships for Devadasi Sex Workers in Rural India. Sexuality and Culture 11(1), 3-27.
  • Orchard, T. (2007). Girl, woman, lover, mother: Towards a new understanding of child prostitution among young Devadasi sex workers in rural Karnataka, India. Social Science & Medicine 64(12), 2379-2390.

Invited Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

  • Orchard, T. (2021). Neither Crone nor Cougar: Navigating Intimacy & Ageism on Dating Apps, In Sex and Tech: An Intersectional Feminist Guide to the Innovations that Shape Us, Jill Fellows & Lisa Smith, Eds. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press. Under Review.
  • Orchard, T. (2020). Virtual Sexual Identities: Embodied Aspirations, Tensions, and Lessons from the Bumble Dating App, in The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Culture, Ed, E. Rees, Submitted.
  • Boydell, K. & Orchard, T. (2020). Concluding Remarks - Remembering the Body. In Boydell K.M. (ed). Applying Body Mapping in Research. London: Taylor and Francis, 123-129.
  • Cox, V., Orchard, T., Kinsella, A., & Cushing, P. (2019). Mediators of Inclusion: Challenges to Including Adults with Mild Intellectual Disability in Qualitative Research, Impaired Cognition: Ethics, Autonomy, and Innovation, M. Casio & E. Racine, Eds. London: Oxford University Press, 109-120.
  • Orchard, T. (2019). First Person Singular(s): Teasing Out Multiple Truths in Sex Worker Autobiographies, in Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research: New Directions and Perspectives, S. Dewey, I. Crowhurstand, and C. Izugbara, Eds. London: Routledge; 55-67.
  • Orchard, T. (2018). Pretty Vacant: Stolen Girls/Girlhoods in Sex Work and Trafficking Discourses, In Handbook of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. J. Clark & S. Poucki, Eds. SAGE Publishers.
  • Brown, K., Dewey, S. & Orchard, T. (2018). Intensive Mothering as Cultural Script: Boundary-Setting Among Street-Involved Women, Understanding Sex for Sale: Meanings and Moralities of Sexual Commerce, M. Skilbrei & M. Spanger, Eds. Abingdon: Routledge; 81-95.
  • S. Dewey & Orchard, T. (2017). “Sexuality” Among Sex Workers, In Reworking Stigma Through Sex Work Studies, J. Bjønness, M. Skilbrei and L. Nencel, Eds. NYC: Routledge. Forthcoming.
  • Orchard, T. (2016). ‘So It’s Always a Dance’: The Politics of Gifts and Governance at a Drop-in Centre for Vulnerable Women in Southern Ontario (Invited), in Neoliberal Governance and Health: Duties, Risks, and Vulnerabilities. Jessica Polzer and Elaine Power, Eds. McGill-Queens Press, 224-264.
  • Orchard, T. (2011). ‘What’s the use of getting a cow if you can’t make any money from it’? The reproduction of inequality within contemporary social reforms of Devadasis, In Laboring Desire: Global Reflections on Sex Work, Survival, and The State, Patty Kelly and Susan Dewey, Eds. New York; NYU Press, 172-188.
  • Orchard, T., Halas, J. & Stark, J. (2006). Minimizing the Maxim model? Interpreting the sexual body rhetoric of teenage moms through physical education, In Sport, Rhetoric, and Gender: Historical Perspectives and Media Representations, Linda K. Fuller, Ed. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, Global Publishing at St. Martin’s Press, 131-142.

Research Affiliations

Teaching Areas

  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Marginalized Populations
  • Adolescence 
  • Arts-based approaches

In the Media

Contributed Content

Interviews and Commentary


  • Faculty of Health Sciences Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Top 10% Instructor Award: 2016

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Positions
    • Journal of Sexuality and Culture
  • Peer Review Activities
    • Invited member of the National Community-Based Research Facilitator Group
    • Invited to contribute to a United Nations Women Policy Paper about Sex Work, Te Sex Trade and Prostitution
    • Invited member of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Community Based Research Review Committee
    • Invited peer reviewer for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, report for the Federal Ministerial Council on HIV/AIDS