Interviews with our Researchers


An Interview with Professor Sunil AMRITH

Prof Amrith is Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies and Professor of History at Harvard University, and a Director of the Joint Center for History and Economics. His research is on the trans-regional movement of people, ideas, and institutions, and has focused most recently on the Bay of Bengal as a region connecting South and Southeast Asia. Prof Amrith's areas of particular interest include the history of migration, environmental history, and the history of public health. He is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, and received the 2016 Infosys Prize in Humanities. He is the author of three books, including Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants (Harvard University Press, 2013)


An Interview with Professor Michele GAMBURD

Prof Gamburd is Professor of Anthropology at Portland State University. A cultural anthropologist, Prof Gamburd received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1995. Her topics of study include transnationalism, globalization, and migration. In addition, Prof Gamburd is interested in the anthropology of violence and disaster recovery. She explores the cultural construction of identity, particularly examining gender, age, and class. She works primarily in South Asia, with a focus on Sri Lanka.


An Interview with Professor Margaret WALTON-ROBERTS

Prof Walton-Roberts is a Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and the School of International Policy and Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo Canada. She is a human geographer with research interests in gender and migration, transnational networks, and immigrant settlement. Her current research focuses on gender and the international migration of health care professionals.


An Interview with Tanya Jakimow

The ways we understand processes of agrarian change are pressing issues for policy makers and development practitioners. Interpreting changes in two agrarian societies in India and Indonesia, the author reveals how transformations to self are critical factors shaping change, as well as under-recognized consequences of development initiatives.