Dr. Sophorntavy Vorng, 2009-2011
Sophorntavy Vorng was a writing fellow at MPI-MMG. 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 continued her 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.