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 forthcoming book with Bristol University Press seeks to understand the ways that global economic policies create social conditions which exacerbate individuals vulnerability to human trafficking. The book description states: Factors such as inequality, gender, globalization, corruption and instability clearly matter in human trafficking. But does corruption work the same way in Cambodia as it does in Bolivia? Does instability need to be present alongside inequality to lead to human trafficking? How do issues of migration connect? Using migration, feminist, and criminological theory, this book asks how global economic policies contribute to the conditions which both drive migration and allow human trafficking to flourish, with specific focus on Cambodia, Bolivia and The Gambia. Challenging existing thinking, the book concludes with an anti-trafficking framework which addresses the root causes of human trafficking.

I have also published two chapters on this topic in the edited volume Broadening the Scope of Human Trafficking Research: A Reader, as well as an article in the Journal of International Women’s Studies.

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 has been published in Sociological Inquiry. 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.