Maryann Bylander

Associate Professor of Sociology

JR Howard 365, MSC: 60


Migration, Development, Debt/Indebtedness, Microfinance

Academic Credentials

PhD University of Texas at Austin; MA University of Texas at Austin; BA Rice University


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 



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.

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