Global Sociology, Immigration, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Political Economy, Qualitative Research Methods, Asia and Southeast Asia
Kimberly Hoang is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Boston College. Hoang is currently working on two book projects. The first book, Chasing the Tiger: Sex Work and Finance Capital in Vietnam's New Global Economy, forthcoming with the University of California Press, is a monograph that draws on 22 months of ethnographic research between 2006-2007 and 2009-2010 where she worked as a bartender and hostess in HCMC, Vietnam. The book analyzes four different bars that cater to wealthy local Vietnamese men and their Asian business partners, overseas Vietnamese men living in the diaspora, Western businessmen, and Western budget travelers to illustrate how the sex industry is central to Vietnam's economic development by helping to attract foreign direct investments, overseas remittances, and charity-money into the local economy.
The second book project, Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Migration and Forced Labor, is an edited volume commissioned by Open Society that she is co-editing 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. She has written and published academic journal articles, in Contexts, Sexualities and The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, as well as news articles for BBC on the global sex industry in Vietnam.
Courses Typically Taught
SC51801- Participant Observation
SC53003- International Studies/ Senior Seminar: Globalization and Migration
Recent Professional Honors and Awards
2012 American Sociological Association Best Dissertation Award
New Economies of Sex and Intimacy in Vietnam
2010 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow
Hoang, Kimberly Kay. Forthcoming. Chasing the Tiger: Sex Work and Finance Capital in Vietnam’s New Global Economy. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Hoang, Kimberly Kay and Rhacel Parrenas. Forthcoming. Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Migration and Forced Labor. New York: International Debate and Education Association (IDEA). (Commissioned and Funded by Open Society).
Select Articles and Chapters
2013. “Transnational Gender Vertigo,” Contexts 12(2): 22-26. [Feature Article]
2013. “Performing Third World Poverty: Racialized Femininities in Sex Work,”
The Kaleidoscope of Gender, edited by Joan Spade and Catherine Valentine, Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc 4th Edition.
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]
2010. “Economies of Emotion, Familiarity, Fantasy, and Desire: Emotional Labor in Ho Chi Minh City’s Sex Industry,” Sexualities 13(2): 255-272.