Cheryll Alipio joined APARC in 2022 and serves as Associate Director for Program and Policy. Previously, she was the Program Director for Government Services and Engagement at the University of Maryland, College Park's Institute for Governmental Service and Research as well as Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology.
An economic and medical anthropologist, she has held teaching and research positions at York University in Canada, the University of Queensland in Australia, and the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore. Her previous experience also includes roles with the Luce Scholars Program at The Asia Foundation and the Washington State Parks Foundation, among others.
Cheryll has extensive experience performing and administering qualitative, mixed methods, applied, and community-based research on contemporary Southeast Asia, Inter-Asia engagements, and Asia-U.S. relations. In addition, she has international and interdisciplinary research expertise and public service experience with nonprofits and NGOs.
She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of California, Davis. She is co-editor of Money and Moralities in Contemporary Asia (Amsterdam University Press, 2019), The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science's special issue on "Transitioning to Adulthood in Asia" (2013), Children's Geographies' special section on "Asian Children and Transnational Migration" (2015), and the Journal of Modern Slavery's special issue on "New Research on Modern Slavery, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking" (2022). In addition, she has authored several articles and book chapters on migration and development, transnationalism and diaspora, labor and governance, care work and health, and children and youth.