Kimberly Kay Hoang

Kimberly Hoang is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the College, and Director of Global Studies.

Working at the intersection of the sociology of gender and economic sociology, Hoang is the author of Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work (University of California Press, 2015), an ethnographic study of the organization and enactment of economic ambition within the diverse sex clubs of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in the years just before and after the 2008 global financial crisis. She is now at work on a comparative study of the articulation of foreign investment and domestic economies in Southeast Asia.

Hoang is also the lead editor of Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Rethinking the Problem, Envisioning New Solutions (2014), a collection commissioned by Open Society, which expands the literature on human trafficking through the lens of migration and forced labor. Her award-winning articles have appeared in Social Problems, Gender & Society, ContextsThe Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Sexualities.

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