Kimberly Kay Hoang
Kimberly Kay Hoang B.A. University of California-Santa Barbara, 2005
M.A. Stanford University, 2006
Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley, 2011
Office: Social Sciences 413 Phone: 773-834-0579 Email Interests:

Economic sociology, law, global sociology, gender, qualitative research methods, theory

Professor; Director of Global Studies

Kimberly Kay Hoang is Professor of Sociology and the College and the Director of Global Studies at the University of Chicago. 

Her research examines deal making in frontier and emerging economies. 

Dr. Hoang is the author of two books. Spiderweb Capitalism: How Global Elites Exploit Frontier Markets (Princeton University Press 2022). This book provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the rich and powerful use offshore shell corporations to conceal their wealth and make themselves richer. Drawing on rich interview data this book uncovers the mechanics behind the invisible, mundane networks of lawyers, accountants, company secretaries, and fixers who facilitate the illicit movement of wealth across borders and around the globe. Spiderweb Capitalism is the winner of five distinguished book awards from the Association of American Publishers and the American Sociological Association. 

Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work (University of California Press 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 multiple sections of the American Sociological Association, the National Women Studies Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Association for Asian Studies.

She received the 2020 Lewis A Coser Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Sociological Theory— a mid-career award for Theoretical Agenda Setting. Her books and articles have been awarded over 26 prizes from several different professional associations. In addition to her research, she is the winner of the 2018 Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Teaching at the University of Chicago. 

Her work has been published in American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Gender & Society, Sociological Theory, City & Community, Contexts, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Her peer reviewed journal articles have won over 14 prizes and honorable mentions from 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.

Recent Research / Recent Publications


2022. Spiderweb Capitalism: How Global Elites Exploit Frontier Markets. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

2015. Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work, Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Journal Articles

Forthcoming 2023. “Changing Women in a Changing Society at 50: A Symposium,” American Journal of Sociology [*second author with Kristen Schilt].

2022. “Theorizing from the Margins: A Tribute to Lewis and Rose Laub Coser,” Sociological Theory 40(3) 202-223.

2020. “Engendering Global Capital: How Homoerotic Triangles Facilitate Foreign Investments into Risky Markets” Gender & Society 34(4) 547-572. [Lead Article]