Based in London, Elizabeth Frantz is a senior program officer for the Open Society International Migration Initiative. Her work focuses on reducing exploitation in migrant worker recruitment and promoting more just and equitable working conditions in Asia and the Middle East.
Prior to assuming her current position with the Migration Initiative in 2011, Frantz worked as a consultant with the Open Society Foundations’ Arab Regional Office in Jordan on projects relating to migrant workers.
Frantz holds a PhD in anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she specialized in labor, migration, and the political economy of development. Her PhD thesis examined labor migration from South Asia to the Arab region through a focus on Sri Lankan domestic workers in Jordan. She has carried out field-based research on issues relating to migrant workers and refugees in Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. She has also worked as an editor, journalist, and paralegal.