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Sociology and Anthropology

Maryann Bylander

Associate Professor of Sociology

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Migration, Development, Debt/Indebtedness, Microfinance


Introduction to Sociology
Quantitative Research Methods
International Migration
Critical Perspectives on Development
Debt and its Discontents
Southeast Asia: Development, Resistance and Social Change
Senior Thesis 

Professional Experience

  • 2014-Present: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, Lewis & Clark College
  • 2012-2014: Senior Teaching Fellow, SOAS, University of London
  • 2011-2012: Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2010: Instructor, Pannasastra University of Cambodia



2019. Is Regular Migration Safer Migration? Insights from Thailand. Journal on Migration and Human Security 7(1):1-18.

2019. Debt and the Migration Experience: Insights from Southeast Asia. International Organization for Migration.

2019. A Conflict of Interest. The Baffler. February 5th, 2019. (with Eula Biss)

2018. Overindebtedness in Cambodia: Moving Beyond Borrow-Centric Frames. Development Policy Review doi: 10.1111/dpr.12399 (with Phasy Res, Lacey Jacoby, Peter Bradley, and Andrea Blobel Perez)

2018. The Wider Impacts of Microcredit: Over-indebtedness and International Migration. Sociological Insights for Development Policy 3(2).

2017. Criminalizing Irregular Migrant Labor: Thailand’s Crackdown in Context. Migration Information Source. (with Georgia Reid)

2017. Migration Disruption: Crisis and Continuity in the Cambodian Mass Returns. International Migration Review 52(4):1130-1161.

2017. Poor and On the Move: South-South Migration and Poverty in Cambodia. Migration Studies 5(2):237-266 

2017. Microsaturated: The Promise and Pitfalls of Microfinance. In Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia. Eds. Simon Springer and Katherine Brickell. Routledge.

2016. Cambodian Migration to Thailand: The Role of Environmental Shocks and Stress.  Working paper for the  Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development. World Bank.

 2015. Credit as Coping: Rethinking Microcredit in the Cambodian ContextOxford Development Studies 43(4): 533-553.

 2015. Loans and Leaving: Migration and the Expansion of Microcredit in CambodiaPopulation Research and Policy Review.  34(5): 687-708 (with Erin Hamilton).

 2015. Contested mobilities: gendered migration pressures among Cambodian youth.  Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. 22(8):1124-1140.

 2015. Depending on the Sky: Environmental Distress,Migration, and Coping in Rural Cambodia. International Migration 53(5):135-147.

 2014. Borrowing Across Borders: Migration and Microcredit in Rural CambodiaDevelopment and Change 45(2):284-307.

 2013. Borders and Margins: The Experiences of Cambodians in ThailandContexts. 12(1) (with Emmanuel Maillard).

 2013. The Growing Linkages Between Migration and Microfinance.  Migration Information Source.  Migration Policy Institute.  June edition.

Academic Credentials

PhD University of Texas at Austin; M.A. University of Texas at Austin; BA Rice University

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Maryann Bylander Associate Professor of Sociology

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