Apr 12 | Racing the International: “Globalizing Racial Capitalism”

Apr 12, 2017
4.30pm - 6pm
CSRPC, 5733 S University Ave

free and open to the public; rsvp

Recent economic histories have returned to question of transatlantic slavery’s constitutive role in the origins of capitalism and contributed to a renewed interest in the political economy of race. Focusing on the turn of the twentieth century and contemporary developments, this panel examines the intersections of racialization and financialization.

A panel discussion featuring: Kimberly Kay Hoang (University of Chicago), Peter Hudson (University of California-Los Angeles), and John Robinson (Washington University in St. Louis)


Kimberly Kay Hoang is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and the College at the University of Chicago. 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. Dr. Hoang 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.

Peter James Hudson is an historian who obtained his Ph.D. in American Studies from New York University and currently teaches in the departments of history and African American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests are in the history of capitalism, racism, and U.S. imperialism; the intellectual and political-economic history of the Caribbean and the Black world; and the history of Black radicalism and global anti-imperialism. Hudson’s essays and reviews have appeared in "Black Agenda Report," "Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism," "Radical History Review, Race & Class: A Journal on Racism, Globalisation, and Empire," "Haitï Liberté, the CLR James Journal, the Los Angeles Review of Books," the "Boston Review of Books," "Transition: An International Review," and elsewhere. He is editor of "North: New African Canadian Writing" (a special issue of West Coast Line), and co-editor of a special issue of the "CLR James Journal: The Journal of the Caribbean Philosophical Association" on “Black Canadian Thought.” He also edits the digital history resource The Public Archive (thepublicarchive.com). Hudson is the author of "Banking on Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean" (Chicago, 2017).

John N. Robinson III will join the faculty of the Department of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis for the Fall 2016 semester as a Postdoctoral Fellow and he will assume the position of Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2017. Dr. Robinson completed his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University in the Spring of 2016. His current project—entitled Poverty, Place and Portfolio: Managing Neighborhood Inequalities in the Finance-driven Economy—brings together insights from urban and economic sociology to examine the politics of financial sector investment within anti-poverty policy, with a focus on housing programs for low-income families. His research on race, poverty, finance and the legal system has been supported by the Ford Foundation and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy.


This venue is physically accessible and has a gender-neutral restroom. Please contact the CSRPC at 773.702.8063 with any questions or accommodation requests.

This series is organized by Professor Adom Getachew (Political Science) in partnership with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, with support from the Social Sciences Division, the Harris School for Public Policy, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, the Department of Political Science, the Theory & Models Group, the Center for International Social Science Research, and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) at the University of Chicago.