Assistant Professor, Sociology
PhD, Monash University
MSW, University of Toronto
BSW, University of Victoria
BA, University of British Columbia
Julie Ham’s recent research explores knowledge production and cultural production by migrants in Hong Kong through participatory and visual methodologies. Her research is grounded in academic-community collaborations that speak to priorities identified by migrant and minority communities, such as the dehumanization of domestic workers, harms produced by the anti-trafficking industry, the impact of social difference in sex work, the trajectory of migrant remittances, cultural production and dynamics that support or hinder social change for migrant communities. Her research on migration, labour, social difference and the criminology of mobility has been published in The British Journal of Criminology; Critical Social Policy; Culture, Health & Sexuality; Gender, Work & Organization; Sociology; Theoretical Criminology; and Work, Employment and Society. She was awarded the Radzinowicz Memorial Prize for 2014 by The British Journal of Criminology for her co-authored article with Sharon Pickering, ‘Hot pants at the border: Sorting sex work from trafficking’. She has published a monograph, Sex Work, Immigration and Social Difference (2017), and a co-edited volume The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration (2014) with Sharon Pickering.
For more information about her research, visit Mobile Methodologies and Migrant Knowledges at https://www.mmmk.ca/
Ham, J. (2023). Anti-pandemic measures, labour rights, and the legibility of harm in domestic work. In P. Davies & M. Rowe (Eds.), Criminology of the Domestic (pp. 117-134). Routledge.
Ham, J., Gheorghiu, I. & Lestari, E. (2022). Migrant domestic workers, asylum-seekers and premonitions of anti-trafficking in Hong Kong. In K. Kempadoo & E. Shih (Eds.), White Supremacy, Racism and the Coloniality of Anti-Trafficking (pp. 253-266). Routledge.
- Ham, J., Lin, V.W. & Sunuwar, M. (2022). Migrating methods in a pandemic: Virtual participatory video with migrants in Hong Kong. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 21, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F16094069221112251
- Gheorghiu, I. & Ham, J. (2022). Biographical work and the production of credibility in sex work interviews. The British Journal of Criminology, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azac003
- Ham, J. & Ceradoy, A. (2021). “God blessed me with employers who don’t starve their helpers”: Food insecurity and dehumanization in domestic work. Gender, Work & Organization, https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12643
- Ham, J. & Gheorghiu, I. (2020). Scripting pragmatic intimacies in sex work, migration and intimate-material exchanges. Culture, Health & Sexuality, https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2020.1785011
- Ham, J. & Sunuwar, M. (2020). Experiments in enchantment: Domestic workers, upcycling and social change. Emotion, Space and Society, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2020.100715
- Ham, J. (2020). Rates, roses and donations: Naming your price in sex work. Sociology, https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0038038520906773
- Ham, J. (2020). Anti-trafficking in Southeast Asia. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264079.013.612
- Lin, V.W., Ham, J., Gu, G., Sunuwar, M., Luo, C. & Gil-Besada, L. (2019). Reflections through the lens: Participatory video with migrant domestic workers, asylum seekers and ethnic minorities. Emotion, Space and Society, https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1ZwAC6F9IFN9ri
- Mackenzie, K. & Ham, J. (2019). SWAN Vancouver: Supporting immigrant and migrant women in the sex industry. In A. Lebovitch & S. Ferris (Eds.), Sex Work Activism in Canada: Speaking Out, Standing Up (pp. 104-117). Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Publishing.
- Ham, J. (2018). Using difference in intersectional research with im/migrant and racialized sex workers. Theoretical Criminology, https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1362480618819807
- Vecchio, F. & Ham, J. (2018). From subsistence to resistance: Asylum-seekers and the other ‘Occupy’ in Hong Kong. Critical Social Policy, 38(3): 201-221. Ham, J. (2017). Sex work, Immigration and Social Difference. London: Routledge.
- Ham, J. & Gilmour, F. (2017). ‘We all have one’: Exit plans as a professional strategy in sex work. Work, Employment & Society, 31(5), 748-763
- Ham, J., Jung, K. & Jang, H. (2016). Silence, mobility and ‘national values’: South Korean sex workers in Australia. Sexualities, 19(4): 432-448.
- Pickering, S. & Ham, J. (2015). The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration. London: Routledge.
- Ham, J. (2015). Intuiting illegality in sex work. In S. Pickering & J. Ham (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration (pp. 206-219). London: Routledge.
- Clancey, A., Khushrushahi, N. & Ham, J. (2014). Do evidence-based approaches alienate Canadian anti-trafficking funders? Anti-Trafficking Review, 3, 87-108.
- Ham, J. & Dewar, F. (2014). Shifting public anti-trafficking discourses through arts and media. In S. Yea (Ed.) Human Trafficking in Asia: Forcing Issues (pp. 185-199). Abingdon: Routledge.
- Ham, J. & Gerard, A. (2014). Strategic in/visibility: Does agency make sex workers invisible? Criminology and Criminal Justice, 14(3): 298-313.
- Pickering, S. & Ham, J. (2014). Hot pants at the border: Sorting sex work from trafficking. British Journal of Criminology, 54(1): 2-19.
- Ham, J., Segrave, M. & Pickering, S. (2013). In the eyes of the beholder: Gender and suspect travelers at the border and within the nation. Anti-Trafficking Review, 2: 51-56.
- Ham, J. for GAATW. (2013). Trafficking and gender. In D.M. Figart & T.L. Warnecke (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life (pp. 542-558). Northhampton: Edward Elgar.