Mary Beth Mills

Charles A. Dana Professor of Anthropology

Box 4707

Phone: 207-859-4706
Fax: 207-859-4425
Mailing Address:
4707 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8847
Mills, Mary Elizabeth


1993 Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley. Department of Anthropology.
1986 M.A. University of California, Berkeley. Department of Anthropology.
1984 Honours B.A. Huron College, University Of Western Ontario, Canada.

Areas of Expertise

  • Anthropology of Asia and Southeast Asia
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Rural-urban linkages
  • Global mobilities, labor, and migration
  • Commodification and consumption

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
AY254 AGlobal-Local Asia
AY256 ALand, Food, Culture, and Power
AY356 ATraveling Cultures: The Anthropology of Tourism
AY373 AThe Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
AY464 AAnthropology of Food

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
AY 373Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality



Thai Women in the Global Labor Force: Consuming Desires, Contested Selves, Rutgers University Press, 1999, Winner of the Anthony Leeds Award for Urban Anthropology (2000)

Selected Articles

2017 - Gendered Morality Tales: Gender, Labor, and Value in Globalizing Asia. Journal of Development Studies 53(3): 316-330

2016 - Gendered Divisions of Labor. Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory, Mary Hawkesworth and Lisa Disch, editors. Oxford University Press. Pp. 283-303

2014 - Questioning Thailand's Rural-Urban DivideFieldsights - Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology Online, September 23, 2014

2012 - Thai Mobilities and Cultural Citizenship. Critical Asian Studies 44(1):85-112

2008 - Claiming Space: Navigating Landscapes of Power and Citizenship in Thai Labor Activism. Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development 37(1): 89-128

2005 - Engendering Discourses of Displacement: Contesting Mobility and Marginality in Rural Thailand. Ethnography 6(3): 385-419

2005 - From Nimble Fingers to Raised Fists: Women and Labor Activism in Globalizing Thailand. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 31(1): 117-144.

2003 - Gender and Inequality in the Global Labor Force, Annual Review of Anthropology 32:41-62

2001 - Auditioning for the Chorus Line: Gender, Rural Youth, and the Consumption of Modernity in Thailand.IN D. Hodgson, editor. Gendered Modernities: Ethnographic Perspectives, New York: Palgrave, pp. 27-51.

2001 - Rural-Urban Obfuscations: Thinking about Urban Anthropology and Labor Migration In Thailand. City and Society 13(2): 177-182

1999 - Enacting Solidarity: Unions and Migrant Youth in Thailand. Critique of Anthropology 19(2): 175-191.

1999 - Migrant Workers Take a Holiday: Reworking Modernity and Marginalization in Contemporary Thailand. Critique of Anthropology 19(1): 31-51.

1998 - Gendered Encounters with Modernity: Labor Migrants and Marriage Choices in Contemporary Thailand. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 5(3): 301-334.

1997 - Contesting the Margins of Modernity: Women, Migration, and Consumption in Thailand. American Ethnologist 24(1): 37-61.

1995 - Attack of the Widow Ghosts: Gender, Death and Modernity in Northeast Thailand. In Aihwa Ong and Michael Peletz, editors. Bewitching Women, Pious Men: Gender and Body Politics in Southeast Asia. Berkeley, University of California Press, pp. 244-273.


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