Department of Sociology and the College
Working at the intersection of the sociology of gender and economic sociology, Kimberly 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, Contexts, The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Sexualities.
Hoang received her PhD in 2011 from the University of California, Berkeley. The following year, she won the American Sociological Association’s Dissertation Award. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.