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Gender Studies

Teresa Sobieszczyk

Associate Professor, Sociology, and Director of International Development Studies and Peace Corps Prep Programs
Social Sciences 305 406-243-4868
Office Hours:

Tuesdays: 11:00 AM -12:15 PM, Wednesdays: 2:15-3:15 PM; and by appointment


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

Current Position

Associate Professor, Sociology Department

Director, International Development Studies and Peace Corps Prep. Programs



SOCI 101.01  Introduction to Sociology

MWF 10:10-11, SS 352


SOCI 355 Population and Society

MWF; 12:10-1:00, LA 306



International Development Studies Program

Peace Corps Prep. Program

Women's and Gender Studies Program

South and Southeast Asian Studies Program

Global Public Health Program


Ph.D., Development Sociology, Cornell University


Fulbright to Vietnam (2012-13)

Fulbright-Hays to Thailand (2007)

Fulbright-Hays to Thailand (1998-99)

Field of Study

Development Sociology

Social Demography

Research Methods

Women's and Gender Studies

Southeast Asian Studies


See CV


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

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


English, Thai, Spanish, Vietnamese, German

Women’s & Gender Studies Program

Liberal Arts 138A | Missoula, MT 59812

Co-Directors: Elizabeth Hubble & Anya Jabour | 406-243-4100 |

Office Contact: Jamie Boschee

406–243–2584 or 243–4100 |