Sociology and International Studies at Boston College. She joined BC in 2013 following a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rice University in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities at 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 in Global Sex Work (forthcoming March 2015 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, a collection commissioned by Open Society, published in 2014, 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.