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Teresa Sobieszczyk, Associate Professor, Sociology, and Director of International Development Studies and Peace Corps Prep Programs

Location: Social Sciences 303

Phone: 406-243-4868
Fax: 406-243-5951


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


Ph.D., Development Sociology, Cornell University


Gardening, hiking, the symphony chorale, cooking and eating Asian food, travel, and reading.

Research Interests

Research Interests:

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

Field of Study

Development Sociology

Social Demography

Research Methods

Women's and Gender Studies

Southeast Asian Studies


FALL 2015:

SOCI 270.01 Intro to Development Sociology, TR 9:40-11:00, FOR 206

SOCI 371.01 Gender and Global Development, TR 12:40-2:00, LA 306


SPRING 2016:

SOCI 101S.01 Introduction to Sociology, MWF, 10:10-11:00, SS 352

SOCI 355.01 Population and Society, MWF, 1:10-2:00, FA 302




Fulbright to Vietnam (2012-13)

Fulbright-Hays to Thailand (2007)

Fulbright-Hays to Thailand (1998-99)


See CV