Research

My areas of expertise include Criminology and Deviance, Human Trafficking and Global Crime, Race/Class/Gender Inequality, and Corporate and Environmental Deviance. My several lines of research examine the intersections of globalization, inequality, and crime.

Human Trafficking in a Global Economic Context: My dissertation aims to bridge disciplinary explanations to create a unifying theoretical framework of human trafficking. This involves integrating theory from criminology, migration, and feminist literatures; specifically, institutional anomie theory, migration systems theory, and critical global feminism. This framework takes into consideration how global neoliberal economic policies and programs shape nations’ socioeconomic and sociocultural contexts. Second, I specify configurations of conditions that shape human trafficking in three geographic locales: Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. To do so, I use set-theoretic MMR (multi-method research), which combines fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis with the comparative historical method of process tracing. My dissertation builds on my thesis which examined human trafficking in post-Soviet countries following their transition to privatized capitalist societies.

Corporate Crime and Constructions of Risk and Deviance: My other research examines the role that constructions of harm and deviance play in relation to corporate malfeasance. My first project examines the role of transnational corporations and labor violations in the fast fashion industry. It takes the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh as a case study to explore how media discourse constructed ideas about corporate deviance and global risk governance within the global supply chain. This paper is currently under review at the International Journal of Comparative Sociology. The second project involves the public discovery of corporate water pollution in a southeastern town in order to understand how media coverage shapes local understanding of risk through the lens of green criminology and risk society. This paper has been published in Critical Criminology.

For a summary of my publications click here: Hupp Williamson Google Scholar Profile.