Noy Thrupkaew is an independent journalist who has written extensively on human trafficking and labor exploitation since 2006. A contributing editor at the American Prospect, she has been awarded fellowships from the Open Society Institute, the Fulbright Program, the Pew Foundation, and the American Prospect. Her reporting on international politics and culture as well as her research and investigative stories have taken her around the globe.
Her byline has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, National Geographic, The Nation, Ms. and Marie Claire, with datelines from Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Iran, Morocco and Cuba. Her work has also appeared on radio, and she has presented the TED talk, “Human Trafficking Is All Around You: This is How it Works.”
As a Ferris Professor at Princeton University in 2015, she taught an intensive seminar on reporting and writing transnational investigations. A 1996 magna cum laude graduate of Brown University, Thrupkaew is the former associate editor of the Boston-based feminist newspaper Sojourner: The Women’s Forum.
While at UMass Lowell, Thrupkaew’s residency will include lectures
, where students can gain special insight from her unique expertise on the topic. She will also serve as the Day Without Violence