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Don Selby

Assistant Professor

My research is set in Thailand, where I study the emergence of human rights.  Topically, my interests include the articulation of human rights with Buddhist ethics and political currents in Thailand; human trafficking and efforts to confront it; how individuals or groups mobilize everyday social conventions to bolster or undermine human rights; and how anthropologists have found innovative ways to study and understand human rights.


PhD, Johns Hopkins University

MA, Johns Hopkins University

MA, The New School for Social Research

MA, McGill University

BA, Trent University

Scholarship and Publications

“Experiments with Fate: Buddhist Morality and Human Rights in Thailand,” Wording the World: Veena Das and Scenes of Inheritance ed. Roma Chatterji.  (New York, Fordham UP 2015) 128-153.“Patronage, Face, Vulnerability: Human Rights in Thailand,” International Journal of Human Rights 16:2 2012, (378-400). “Kat Mai Ploi:  Bite and Don’t Let Go – Motherhood and Pursuits of Justice in Thailand,” Citizenship Studies 15:6-7 2011, (711-733). Last Updated: 01.20.2016

Don Selby

Contact Information

Office: Building 4S Room 211
Fax: 718.982.3794