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Sociology Professor Urges Migrants’ Rights in Cambodian Press

July 07, 2017

  • A photo taken by Bylander of a vehicle packed with Cambodian migrant workers and their children arriving at the Poipet border crossing.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Maryann Bylander studies mobility and migration in the Global South. Currently in Cambodia leading a field research expedition with students, Bylander has just had a column published in the Phnom Penh Post. In it, she urges better treatment of migrant Cambodian workers in Thailand.

In April, Bylander received an ASEAN Research Program grant, a Fulbright award that will allow Bylander to spend her junior sabbatical conducting field research in Thailand and Cambodia.

Her project, “Borrowing Across Borders: Migration, Debt, and Development in Southeast Asia” will use multi-sited qualitative research to ask how debt shapes migrant experiences across Southeast Asia. Specifically, Bylander will conduct interviews and organize participatory photovoice projects with a range of migrant workers in both Cambodia and Thailand.

Building upon her earlier work, this research project will ultimately result in a full-length book manuscript that seeks to both interrogate the role of debt in shaping migrant experiences and understand how key differences among migrants may shape experiences of indebtedness.

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