CMD Colloquium: Anju Mary Paul

Apr 21, 2022, 12:00 pm1:15 pm
via Zoom
  • Center for Migration and Development
  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
  • Program in Asian American Studies
Event Description

The growing scientific research output from Asia has been making headlines since the start of the 21st century. But behind this science story, there is a migration story. The elite scientists who are pursuing cutting-edge research in Asia are rarely “homegrown” talent but were typically born in Asia, trained in the West, and then returned to work in Asia. In this talk, Anju Mary Paul explores why more and more Asian scientists are choosing to return to Asia, where they are returning, and what happens after their return when these scientists set up labs in Asia and start training the next generation of Asian scientists. Drawing on evocative firsthand accounts from 119 Western-trained Asian scientists about their migration decisions and experiences, and in-depth analysis of the scientific field in four country case studies — China, India, Singapore and Taiwan — she reveals the growing complexity of the Asian scientist migration system.

Anju Mary Paul is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. She is an international migration scholar with a research focus on migration to, from, and within Asia. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a joint PhD in Sociology and Public Policy. Her first book – Multinational Maids: Stepwise Migration in a Global Labor Market (Cambridge University Press 2017) – explored the stepwise international labour migrations of Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers, and received the 2018 Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the 2018 Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the ASA, and also received an Honorable Mention for the 2020 ASA Distinguished Scholarly Book Award. Her newest book, Asian Scientists on the Move: Changing Science in a Changing Asia (Cambridge 2021) explores the increasing return migrations of Western-trained Asian scientists. She regularly works with student research assistants, using her projects as a way to introduce students to fieldwork, qualitative research methods, and understudied populations. In 2017, she edited a volume of ethnographic essays written by her students on spaces of globalisation in Singapore entitled Local Encounters in a Global City (Ethos Books 2017).