We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Rachel Silvey as Interim Richard Charles Lee Director of the Asian Institute for a nine-month term, from October 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
Professor Silvey has been an active collaborator at the AI since her arrival at the University in the Department of Geography and Planning, St. George. She has served as Interim Director of the Collaborative Master’s Program in Asia Pacific Studies (2016) and the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies (2009–2011). During this time she played a central role in the creation of the interdisciplinary Major in Contemporary Asian Studies. She has been a valuable contributor to the AI’s teaching programs, academic workshops, and events.
A recognized thought leader in the fields of migration studies and women’s labour, she is best known for her research in Indonesia. Her current work examines Indonesian and Filipino domestic workers’ employment in Singapore and the UAE (US National Science Foundation), and she leads the project on migrant workers’ labour conditions for the SSHRC recognized and funded project “Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: Comparative Perspectives,” led by Professor Ito Peng. Professor Silvey has published widely in the fields of migration studies, cultural and political geography, gender studies, and critical development. This work has drawn her increasingly into public forums and debates on the global politics of gender, immigration, and human trafficking throughout Asia, North America, and Europe.
Professor Silvey received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, and a dual B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies and Southeast Asian Studies. She has published over 40 articles and book chapters, organized and co-edited several special issues of journals, and co-directed funded workshops on gender and globalization (Bellagio, Italy), securitization and migration (Asian Institute), immobility and care work (SSHRC), and the organization of intimate labour industries in Asia (SSHRC). This year she delivered keynote addresses to conferences on border studies (Yunnan Normal University, Kunming, PRC) and migration and global health (University of California, Berkeley), and served as an Invited Professor at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne for The Cluster of Excellence in Territorial and Spatial Dynamics.