Faculty & Staff
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Ph.D., Development Sociology, Cornell University
My research has taken me to many parts of Asia, and I've lived and worked in rural Thailand for nearly five years (first as a Peace Corps volunteer and later as a researcher), as well as Vietnam and Japan. In my research, I employ both qualitative, quantitative, and mixed approaches.
I am currently working on several projects:
1) a cross-national comparative project examining access to health care and health care decision-making in remote rural areas that lack doctors and most other medical services. I completed data collection for the Thailand phase in August 2006 with the support of a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Area Studies Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. My research for the Montana phase has taken me to West Yellowstone, Stanford, Helena, Ekalaka, and Broadus.
2) a project on Thai women married to Japanese men and how their marriage and residence in Japan have impacted their gender roles and social status
3) a project on eco-tourism and sustainable development in Vietnam, with data drawn from my Fulbright Scholarship to Vietnam in 2012-13
Selling a Cow for an MRI: Barriers to Health Care in Remote Rural Areas of Thailand
Moving Out but Not Up: The Marriage Migration of Thai Women in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Modeling Sustainable Tourism: A Case Study of Mango Bay Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Where There Is No Doctor: Four Remote Rural Communities' Struggles to Retain Mid-Level Providers in Montana
Field of Study
Women's and Gender Studies
Southeast Asian Studies
Fulbright to Vietnam (2012-13)
Fulbright-Hays to Thailand (2007)
Fulbright-Hays to Thailand (1998-99)
International Development Studies Program
Peace Corps Prep. Program
Women's and Gender Studies Program
South and Southeast Asian Studies Program
Global Public Health Program
Gardening, hiking, the symphony chorale, cooking and eating Asian food, travel, and reading.