Boittin, Margaret

Professor Boittin is the author of The Regulation of Prostitution in China: Law in the Everyday Lives of Sex Workers, Police Officers, and Public Health Officials, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. Based on ethnographic observation, interviews, and surveys, the book examines how the regulation of prostitution shapes both the lives of female sex workers and the frontline police officers and public health officials who are responsible for implementing the laws and policies that govern sex work in China. Boittin also conducts research on the regulation of human trafficking and forced labor. She has carried out randomized controlled trials examining rights awareness campaigns on labor abuse of migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong, and on attitudes and behaviors pertaining to human trafficking vulnerability of both the general population and police officers in Nepal.  Her research has been supported by the US Department of Labor, USAID, Humanity United, and the National Science Foundation.  She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, and her JD from Stanford. Her articles have been published in Law & Society Review, Law & Policy, and American Political Science Review.