Kimberly Chong

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University College London


Kimberly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. Her research explores the production of financialized capitalism through expert practices, drawing on fieldwork with management consultants, fund managers and back-office knowledge workers. Current research interests revolve around the question of economic legitimacies, how they are generated, and what kind of destructive effects they enable. While Kimberly's first research project focused on the commensuration of moral and economic value in the legitimation of the financialization of work, her current research considers how inequality and social difference are drawn upon and produced through practices of speculation and valuation. She draws inspiration from feminist anthropology, studies of racial capitalism, and the anthropology of finance. Kimberly's first book, Best Practice: Management Consulting and the Ethics of Financialization in China, won the 2021 European Group for Organizational Studies Book Award.

Kimberly will join THE NEW INSTITUTE in the Academic Year 2024/25 as a fellow of the program 'Futures of Capitalism'.


Cosmopolitanism and the Global Economy: Notes from China’s Knowledge Factories, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 26(4), 805-823, 2020

Best Practice: Management Consulting and the Ethics of Financialization in China, Duke University Press, 2018.

Constructing Conviction through Action and Narrative: How Money Managers Manage Uncertainty and the Consequences for Financial Market Functioning, in Socio-Economic Review. 13(2): 309-330, 2015

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