Kimberly Hoang
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, United States
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Kimberly Hoang is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Boston College. She joined BC in 2013 following a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rice University in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilitiesat the Center for the Study of Women Gender and Sexuality and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

She received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and in 2012 she won the American Sociological Association Best Dissertation Award for her dissertation titled, New Economies of Sex and Intimacy in Vietnam. 


Dr. Hoang is the author of, Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work (2015) published with the University of California Press. This monograph draws on 22 months of ethnographic research between 2006-2007 and 2009-2010 where she worked as a bartender and hostess in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's stratified sex industry as the country finds its place on the global stage. Her embodied ethnography takes and 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.
She is also the lead editor of, Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Rethinking the Problem, Envisioning New Solutions (2014)a collection commissioned by Open Society, with Professor Rhacel Parrenas. This volume expands the literature on human trafficking through the lens of migration and forced labor. A focus on forced labor avoids conflating trafficking with prostitution, and calls attention to the susceptibility of a wide range of migrant workers (agricultural, construction, factory, and domestic), to understand the structures and systems that render migrant workers vulnerable to human trafficking.
She is interested in the links between changing political economies and intimacy, globalization and transnationalism, and gender and migration. Her articles have appeared in Social Problems, Gender & Society, Contexts, The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Sexualities as well as in news articles for the BBC.

In Press (March 2015). Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex WorkBerkeley: University of California Press.
Edited Volumes
2014. Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Rethinking the Problem, Envisioning New Solutionswith Rhacel Parreñas, New York: IDEAS and Open Society. *Lead Editor 
Forthcoming 2017. Transformations and New Positions in Asiawith Ya-Wen Lei (Harvard University), Houston: positions: east asia cultures critique. 
Peer Reviewed Articles
      * Winner of the ASA Section on Asia and Asian America Research Paper Award, 2014. 
2014. "Vietnam Rising Dragon: Contesting Dominant Western Masculinities in Ho Chi Minh City's Global Sex Industry," International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society27(2): 259-271.
       * First published online September 2013: DOI 10.1007/s10767-013-9155-6.
2013. "Transnational Gender Vertigo," Contexts 12(2): 22-26. [Feature Article]
        * Featured on BBC's Thinking Allowed with Laurie TaylorOctober 30, 2013.
        * Reprint: AsiaLIFE Magazine, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. September 2013 Issue.
        * Featured in The Global Viet, Houston: University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business, 2013.
2011. "She's Not a Low-Class Dirty Girl: Sex Work in Ho Chi Minh City,Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 40(4): 367-396. [Lead Article] 
        * Winner of the ASA Sociology of Sexualities Graduate Student Paper Award, 2011.
        * Winner of the Sociologists for Women in Society, Cheryl Allyn Miller Award, 2011.
        * Honorable Mention ASA Asia and Asian American Studies Section, 2011.
        * Winner of Vietnam Studies Group Best Graduate Student Paper Prize, 2010.
2010. "Economies of Emotion, Familiarity, Fantasy, and Desire: Emotional Labor in Ho Chi Minh City’s Sex Industry,” Sexualities 13(2): 255-272.
        * Reprint: 2010. Intimate Labors, edited by Eileen Boris and Rhacel Parrenas. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press
        * Winner of the Best Graduate Student Paper, Southeast Asian Program, Cornell University, 2008.