Margot Wilson

Margot Wilson
Associate Professor Emeritus



PhD Southern Methodist University

Area of expertise

Culture change, international development, Bangladesh, women's narratives

Dr. Margot Wilson retired the Spring of 2018 and is no longer teaching.

I am a cultural anthropologist interested in culture change, international development and planned change. My research has focused primarily on Bangladesh but I have spent a considerable amount of time in India, mostly directing field schools for student groups.

I am interested in how fieldwork and anthropological methodologies provide insights into the ways people live their lives. I am committed to experiential learning for students and have directed a number of student summer field schools in India and Southeast Asia.

My research has focused on women's work in homestead gardens, stigmatization of leprosy patients and the abandonment of women and children in Bangladesh. More recently I have become interested in women's narratives and the ways in which women represent their lived experiences, especially through letters.


  • Culture change
  • International development
  • Bangladesh
  • Women's narratives

Current projects

Rajbanshi identity

A series of papers/presentations based on historical, linguistic, cultural analysis of indigenous group in Bangladesh and northeast India

No One Ever Went Hungry

A book length manuscript based on letters of Canadian expatriate woman working in a shelter for women and children in Bangladesh

Selected publications

Articles and chapters

  • 2005 - Agroforestry and Development: Displacement of Buddhist Values in Bangladesh, with Bijoy Barua, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 26 (2): 233-246.