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  • Keynote Speaker

    November 5, 8:15-9:00 AM

    Kimberly HoangKimberly Kay Hoang, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago

    Kimberly Kay Hoang, PhD, is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. Dr. Hoang is the author of, 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 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 is currently conducting research for her second book, Capital Brokers in Emerging Markets. This book involves a comparative study of the articulation of inter-Asian flows of capital and foreign investment in Southeast Asia.

    Dr. Hoang's 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 Sociologists for Women in Society, the Vietnam Scholars Group, and the American Sociological Association: Section on Global and Transnational Sociology, Section on Race, Gender, and Class, Section on Sociology of Sex and Gender, Section on Sociology of Body and Embodiment, Section on Asia and Asian America, and the Section on Sexualities.

    Dr. Hoang received her PhD 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.