Dr. Sophorntavy Vorng
Sophorntavy Vorng is a writing fellow at MPI. She completed her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Sydney in 2009. In 2004, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies (Anthropology Honours I), also from the University of Sydney. Sophorntavy’s research interests include class and consumption, status and inequality, space and politics, and religion and addiction. Her primary field sites are Bangkok and Chiang Rai. Her work in Bangkok explores consumption, urban space, status relations, class identity, and the nature of privilege and inequality in contemporary Thailand. At the institute, she will continue her current project on religion, marginality and addiction among highland ethnic minorities in northern Thailand. In addition to her academic work, Sophorntavy has also worked as a consultant with international organisations focusing on development assistance and social science research in Southeast Asia.
[Forthcoming 2016] A Meeting of Masks: Status, Power and Hierarchy in Bangkok. Copenhagen: NIAS Press.
[Forthcoming] 'Wandering Dhamma and Transnational Fellowship: Addiction, Aspiration and Belonging Among Ethnic Minorities on the Northern Thai Border'. The Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.
 ‘Incendiary Central: The Spatial Politics of the May 2010 Street Demonstrations in Bangkok’. Urbanities: Journal of the IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology (2)1: 46–56.
 ‘Beyond the Urban-Rural Divide: Complexities of Class, Status, and Hierarchy in Bangkok’. The Asian Journal of Social Science (39) 5: 674–701.
 ‘Bangkok's Two Centers: Status, Space, and Consumption in a Millennial Southeast Asian City’. City and Society (23) S1: 66–85.
 'State, Religion, and Transnationality in the Golden Triangle'. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Working Paper Series, WP 15-11.
 ‘Incendiary Central: The Spatial Politics of the May 2010 Street Demonstrations in Bangkok’. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Working Paper Series, WP 12-04.
 ‘Samsaric Salvation: Prosperity Cults, Political Crisis, and Middle Class Aspirations in Bangkok’. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Working Paper Series, WP 10-14.
Encyclopaedia entries and book reviews
[Forthcoming] ‘Fate (Buddhism)’, in Arvind Sharma (ed). Encyclopaedia of Indian Religions. Dordrecht: Springer.
 ‘Buddhism and Postmodern Imaginings in Thailand: The Religiosity of Urban Space’. By James L. Taylor. Farnham, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (17)2: 429–430.
 ‘Khmer Women on the Move: Exploring Work and Life in Urban Cambodia’. By Annuska Derks. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 20(2): 263–264.
Dissertation and Thesis
 Dissertation: 'Status City: Consumption, Identity, and Middle Class Culture in Contemporary Bangkok'. Department of Anthropology, The University of Sydney.
 Honours Thesis: ‘Political Legitimation in Thai Society: State Buddhism, Forest Saints, and Urban Cults'. Department of Anthropology, The University of Sydney.