Sociology Professor Urges Migrants’ Rights in Cambodian Press
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.