Leslie Butt

Primary Field
Cultural Anthropology
Associate Professor
Associate Professor, University of Victoria, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Family and migration, medical anthropology, gender and reproduction, HIV/AIDS, Indonesia

I am a medical anthropologist with strong interests in social and cultural anthropology. I have conducted research in eastern Indonesia on families, reproduction and health care. In the past decade, I have worked with research teams on studies about sex work, unplanned pregnancy, health regimes, and HIV/AIDS in the politically volatile Indonesian province of Papua.

My current research interests focus on the impact of international migration on the experiences of eastern Indonesian families. I lead an international study on family, reproduction and migrant Southeast Asian women. A recently completed study explored how undocumented migrant parents from Lombok, Indonesia negotiate the citizenship of their children (with co-investigator Jessica Ball, UVic and collaborator Harriot Beazley, USC Australia I am developing new research on the meanings associated with identity documents in Southeast Asia.

In addition, I am affiliated with the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) as a Research Fellow, and support several initiatives within the centre’s Migration and Mobility Program.


  • Family and migration
  • Medical anthropology
  • Indonesia; the Pacific; Southeast Asia
  • The state and everyday life
  • Gender and reproduction
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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
East Asia and the Pacific