Assistant Professor

Office: Social Sciences 415
Phone: 773-834-0579


Kimberly Kay Hoang’s research interests center on sociology of gender, globalization, economic sociology, and qualitative methods. A central focus of her work is to understand the gendered dynamics of deal brokering in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets.She is the author of, Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work (2015) published by the University of California Press. 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 six distinguished book awards from the American Sociological Association, the National Women Studies Association, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

With funding support from the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright Global Scholar Award, she is currently conducting research for her second book project, 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.

Her work has been published in Social Problems, Gender & Society, City & Community, Contexts, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Her peer reviewed journal articles have won over 10 prizes 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.


Research Interests

Global and Transnational Sociology, Sociology of Gender and Sexualities, Economic Sociology, Qualitative Research Methods

Selected Publications


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

·      National Women Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, 2015

·      SSSP Global Division Distinguished Book Award, 2016.

·      American Sociological Association (ASA) Global & Transnational Sociology Best Scholarly Book Award, 2016.

·      ASA Sexualities Section Distinguished Book Award, 2016.

·      ASA Race, Class & Gender Distinguished Book Award, 2016.

·      ASA Sex & Gender Section Distinguished Book Award, 2016.


Hoang, Kimberly Kay 2016. “Perverse Humanitarianism and the Business of Rescue: What’s Wrong with NGOs and What’s Right with the Johns?” a special issue titled Perverse Politics edited by Ann Orloff, Raka Ray, and Evern Savci in Political Power and Social Theory 30(1): 19-43.
Cobb, Jessica and Kimberly Kay Hoang. 2015. “Protagonist-Driven Urban Ethnography,” City and Community 14(4): 348-351. 

Hoang, Kimberly Kay. 2014. “Flirting with Capital: Negotiating Perceptions of Pan-Asian Ascendency and Western Decline in Global Sex Work,” Social Problems 64(4): 507-529. [Lead Article]

·      ASA Section on Global & Transnational Sociology Best Article Award, 2016.

·      ASA Section on Asia & Asian America Best Article Award Honorable Mention, 2016.

·      ASA Section on Race, Gender, and Class Distinguished Contribution to Article Award, 2015.

Hoang, Kimberly Kay. 2014. “Competing Technologies of Embodiment: Pan-Asian Modernity and Third World Dependency in Vietnam’s Contemporary Sex Industry,” Gender and Society 28(4) 513-536. [Lead Article]

·      ASA Section Sociology of Body and Embodiment Best Publication Award, 2015.

·      ASA Section on Sociology of Sex & Gender Best Article Award, 2015.

·      ASA Section on Asia and Asian America Best Article Award, 2014.

Hoang, Kimberly Kay. 2013. “Transnational Gender Vertigo,” Contexts 12(2): 22-26. [Feature Article]

Hoang, Kimberly Kay. 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]