Stefan Rother is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany. His research focus is on transnational migration, global governance, social movements, regional integration and non-/post-Western theories of international relations. He was previously a fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) and researcher and editorial manager at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute for socio-cultural research, Freiburg. Rother has conducted extensive fieldwork in Southeast Asia as well as participant observation at global governance fora and civil society events. He is a board member of the German Association for Asian Studies (DGA) and speaker of the working group on migration in the German political science association (AK Migrationspolitik in der DVPW). His latest monograph is “Democratization through Migration? Political Remittances and Participation of Philippine Return Migrants” (Lexington 2016, with Christl Kessler).