Kevin D. Ming

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Studies

  • Profile

    Dr. Kevin Ming is a public anthropologist engaging ethnographic and multi-disciplinary research with social justice and sustainability. His work focuses on the intersection of development projects of various sorts and the lived experiences of highly vulnerable communities, and in particular, displacement, migration and labor, gender, and urban/rural issues. He has extensive experience designing and directing multi-disciplinary applied research projects for NGOs and non-profits, building educational empowerment programs for disadvantaged youth, and in public consultancy.

    Ming’s dissertation was based on long-term field research on the co-constitution of spatial and social marginality in the narratives and experiences of migrant sex workers in southern China and Hong Kong, where, as a Fulbright Fellow at the Women and Gender Education Centre at Sun Yat-sen University, he collaborated with scholar/activists to support gender and labor justice in China. His field research and activism in recent years has focused on issues facing marginalized youth in Hong Kong, and labor and environmental exploitation in the Malaysian oil palm industry

    • Grants and Felowships

      Kadoorie Foundation Grant, Project Share (Hong Kong)


      Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship


      Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh

    • Memberships

      American Anthropological Association


      Association for Asian Studies


      International History Honor Society


      National Leadership Honor Society

    • Professional Experience

      Research Director (2015-2019)
      Share (Asia Pacific) Ltd., Project Share and Liberty Shared (Industry on Community Research Project), Hong Kong and Malaysia


      Chief Representative (2011-2013)
      University of Pittsburgh - China Office, Beijing, China


      Director and Lecturer (2009-2011)
      International Education Development Program and Further Studies, ULink College of International Culture, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China


      Lecturer (2008-2009)
      South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China


      Fulbright-Hays Fellow and Research Associate (2005-2008)
      University of Pittsburgh/Chinese University of Hong Kong/Sun Yat-sen University

  • Selected Publications
    Journal Articles

    Ming, K. (2005). Cross-border traffic: Stories of dangerous victims, pure whores, and HIV/AIDS in the experience of mainland female sex workers in Hong Kong. Asia-Pacific Viewpoint, 46(1), 35-48.

    Book Chapters

    Ming, K. (2018). Beyond cruel optimisms. In I. Gilbert (Ed.), The working class: Proverty, education, and alternative voices. Crown House Publishing.

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