Acting Director, Governance and Law
Expertise: Governance; civil society and media development; urbanization; migration (labor migration, human trafficking, and refugee issues); education and literacy; Thailand; Southeast Asia
Ellen Boccuzzi is assistant director for Governance and Law with The Asia Foundation. She has fifteen years of professional experience in international development, good governance, and civil society issues with a focus on Asia.
Prior to joining the Asia Foundation, Dr. Boccuzzi served as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where she managed USAID’s media development portfolio in Afghanistan and contributed to USAID strategies on human trafficking and Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG).
Dr. Boccuzzi has worked as a consultant to the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNESCO on migration and education issues across Asia. She has also served as a researcher with the Asian Research Center for Migration (ARCM) and as lead Bangkok researcher for a multi-country project on squatter resettlement.
Dr. Boccuzzi’s academic and policy work focus on migration and urbanization in Asia, and she has held teaching appointments at the University of California, Berkeley and Thammasat University in Thailand. She is the author of Bangkok Bound, a study of Thai rural-urban migration based on an examination of first-hand writings by migrants.
Education: Doctoral degree in South and Southeast Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley; master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley; bachelor's degree from Princeton University.