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Kimberly Hoang

Kimberly Hoang

Kimberly Kay Hoang is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, where she teaches courses in Sociological Theory; Ethnography; States, Markets, and Bodies; Power, Identity, and Resistance; and Economy and Ethnography. Having earned her Ph.D. in 2011 from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012 she won the Best Dissertation Award from the American Sociological Association. Before joining the faculty at the University of Chicago, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University (2011-13) and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College (2013-15).

Dr. Hoang is the author of Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work, published by the University of California Press in 2015. This monograph examines the mutual construction of masculinities, financial deal-making, and transnational political-economic identities. Her ethnography takes an in-depth and often personal look at both sex workers and their clients to show how high finance and benevolent giving are intertwined with intimacy in Vietnam's informal economy. Dealing in Desire is the winner of seven distinguished book awards from the American Sociological Association, the National Women Studies Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Association for Asian Studies.

With funding support from the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright Global Scholar Award, Dr. Hoang has recently been conducting research for her second book project, tentatively titled Playing in the Gray: Capital Brokers in Emerging Markets. This second book involves a comparative study of the articulation of inter-Asian flows of capital and foreign investment in Southeast Asia.

Kimberly Hoang’s work has been published in many important journals, including the Journal of Asian American Studies, Social Problems, Gender & Society, City & Community, Contexts, Sexualities, the International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Her peer-reviewed journal articles have won essay prizes from a host of academic bodies including the Sociologists for Women in Society, Vietnam Scholars Group, and the American Sociological Association: Section on Global & Transnational Sociology, Section on Race, Gender and Class, Section on Sociology of Sex & Gender, Section on Sociology of Body and Embodiment, Section on Asia and Asian America, and the Section on Sexualities.


Sponsored by the Department of Government and Economics, the Women and Gender Studies Program, and the Asian Studies Program.

Published on March 22, 2018

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