Maryann Bylander

Associate Professor of Sociology

JR Howard 365, MSC: 60
Office Hours:

Overseas SP24

Maryann is a sociologist whose research focuses on questions of migration, global development, NGOs, and credit/debt. Most of her research has been based in Southeast Asia, in particular Cambodia and Thailand. Classes she teaches at Lewis & Clark include: international migration, critical perspectives on development, debt & society, social change in Southeast Asia, and quantitative research methods. Outside of Lewis & Clark she loves to read, hike, climb, and bake with her 2-year old!


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 Society Southeast Asia: Development, Resistance and Social Change Senior Thesis 



2023. Migration Speculation: Microfinance and Migration in the Global South. Third World Quarterly.

2023. The Trade-offs of Legal Status: Regularization and the Production of Precarious Documents in Southeast Asia. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 49: 13, 3434-3454.

2021. The Exclusionary Power of Microfinance: Over-Indebtedness and Land Dispossession in Cambodia. Sociology of Development 7(2): 202-229. (with W. Nathan Green).

2021. ‘If You Fall, Stand Up Again’: The Moral Nature of Financial Literacy in the Global South. Development and Change 52(1):26-53. (with Res Phasy)

2020. Destination Debts: Local and Translocal Loans in the Migrant Experience. Geoforum.

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