Michael Paul Bégin

Ph.D, Research Fellow
Institute of Sociology and Regional Studies
Southern Federal University, Russian Federation
Skype: mike.heart.huckabees

Academic Degrees:

  • BA Geography, State University of New York College at Geneseo
  • MA Geography, University of Cincinnati
  • PhD Geography, University of Kentucky

Research interests: 

  • Social & cultural geography; international studies; globalization, technology & social change; mediated migration; marriage & sexuality; regional interests in East & Southeast Asia, North America, the post-Soviet World

Publications (selected):

  1. The Globalization of Marital Opportunity:  The South Korean Online Introductions Industry  book chapter appearing in Heikkila, E. & Rauhut, D. (eds.)  Marriage Migration; Turku: Institute of Migration Research (2015).
  2. From Belarus with Love: Globalization and the ‘Virtual Bride’ Phenomenon   article appearing in Askandar, A. (ed.) The Ambassadors: Online Forum for Cultures and Civilizations.  Vol. 14, Issue 29 (January 2011).  Online at http://ambassadors.net/archives/issue29/features3.htm
  3. ‘Virtual’ Brides in the Post-Soviet Context  doctoral dissertation, University of Kentucky (2007).  Online at http://uknowledge.uky.edu/gradschool_diss/511/
  4. Negotiating Seduction, Exoticism and Patriarchy: The Eastern European ‘Mail-Order Bride’ Industry  paper presentation, Annual Conference of the Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers, Charlotte, North Carolina (2003).
  5. The Internet ‘Mail-Order Bride’ Trade: an Examination of the Interworkings of Global Economic Disparity, Gender Relations, and Internet Business Practice  illustrated paper presentation, Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, Louisiana  (2003).


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