International migration has long been linked to forms of indebtedness. Migrants often need loans to finance costly cross-border moves, indebtedness can motivate the need for migration, and the remittances migrants send home are often used to repay household debts. Yet while migration scholars routinely point to debt and indebtedness as playing a central role in migrant experiences, there have been few efforts to explicitly study the impact of debt on migrant lives. This presentation draws on mixed-methods research to describe the various ways that Cambodian households "borrow across borders," and the consequences of cross-border debt on migrant experiences. Biography: Maryann Bylander is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lewis & Clark College and a Fulbright ASEAN Research Scholar (2017-2018). Her research focuses on questions of migration and development in the Global South, particularly Southeast Asia. Recent work has been published in International Migration Review, Development and Change, Migration Studies, Population Research and Policy Review, and Oxford Development Studies.
January 11, 2018 Time: 12:30 – 13:30 hrs. Room Srabua (109)