• Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies Division in the School for Cultural & Social Transformation
  • Faculty Fellow, Center for Arts Design & Social Research,
  • Affiliated Faculty Member, Asian Studies, University of Utah
  • Affiliated Faculty Member, Center for Research on Migration and Refugee Integration
  • Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies


Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is Assistant Professor in the Division of Ethnic Studies with the School for Cultural & Social Transformation at University of Utah. Prior to joining the faculty of University of Utah, Dr. Fukushima was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University (2013 – 2015) with the Institute for Research on Women and the Department of Women and Gender Studies. She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. She serves as the Secretary / Treasurer for the American Sociological Association's Section on Human Rights and is the co-lead for the Institute of Impossible Subjects project, "Migratory Times." 

She is the author of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US  (Stanford University Press, 2019), which examines the sociopolitical process of witnessing Asian and Latina/o migrants trafficked in the U.S. Her research has appeared in peer-reviewed scholarly journals: Biography (2019), VOCI (Voices): Human Sciences Semi-Annual (2018), Feminist Formations (2016), Frontiers: Journal of Women Studies (2015), and Praxis (formerly Phoebe): Gender & Cultural Critiques (2008) and chapters in edited anthologies and books – Gender: War (2017), Documenting Gendered Violence (2015), Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Rethinking the Problem, Envisioning New Solutions (2014).  As an interdisciplinary scholar, she committed to praxis, therefore she has worked at all levels of organizations, where her expertise is nationally recognized; she has served as an expert witness for human trafficking cases in California and Colorado, provided expert reports for immigration cases submitted to USCIS, and a consultant for national and local organizations, where she recently produced the Grant Management Toolkit for Office for Trafficking in Persons. Her most recent projects have been funded by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women (2018) and the Abundance Foundation (2016 – 2017).


  • B.A., American Studies and English, University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • MA, Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D., Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research Summary

Research focus: migration, violence, militarisms, sexual slavery and human trafficking. Methodologies: ethnic studies, sociolegal analysis with visual studies and social movement analysis.

Selected Works

  • Fukushima, A.I. (2019). Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US. Publisher: Stanford University Press. Accepted, 08/31/2018.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2019). “‘Has Someone Taken Your Passport?’ Witnessing the Migratory Trafficked Subject.” Biography. Special Issue: Biographic Mediation: The Uses of Disclosure in Bureaucracy and Politics. Ebony Coletu, Ed. Accepted, 02/07/2018.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2019). "Fisheries, Farms and Factories: Human Trafficking and Tethered Subjectivities from Asia to the Pacific." In G. Beauregard, C. Schuland-Vials, & H. Lee (Eds), in The Subject(s) of Human Rights: Crises, Violations, & Asian American Critique. Temple University Press. Published, 12/06/2019.
  • Fantone, L. & Fukushima, A.I. (2018). Desires of Belonging and Betrayals: Narratives of “coming out” and the Terms of Recognition in (Un)documented migrants. VOCI (Voices): Human Sciences Semi-Annual. Special issue of sexuality. Anno XV: 30 - 55. Published, 12/31/2018.
  • Morris, K. & Fukushima, A. Grant Management Toolkit: Building Sustainable Anti-Trafficking Programs. Office on Trafficking in Persons: Administration for Children & Families and the National Human Trafficking Training & Technical Assistance Center., February 2018. Published, 02/08/2018.
  • Fukushima, A.I., Gezinski, L., & Boley, E. (2018, Submitted). Violence Against Women Community Needs Assessment: Report, July 2018. San Francisco, California, Department on the Status of Women. Accepted, 07/01/2018.
  • Benfield, D.M & Fukushima, A.I. (Accepted, Submitted 2018). “Eight Scenes of Decolonial Feminist Aesthetic Praxis in Migratory Times.” In Decolonial Feminisms. Lugones, M. Ed. Publisher: Duke University Press. Accepted, 06/24/2017.
  • Fukushima A.I. (2017). “Human Trafficking.” Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks, Gender: War. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference, USA. Published, 09/27/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2016). An American Haunting: Unsettling Witnessing in Transnational Migration, the Ghost Case, & Human Trafficking (W.S. Hesford and R. Lewis, Eds). Feminist Formations, Special issue, Mobilizing Vulnerability: New Directions in Transnational Feminist Studies & Human Rights 28(1): 146 - 165. Published, 03/01/2016.
  • Fukushima, A.I. & Hua, J. (2015). “Calling the Consumer Activist, Consuming the Trafficking Subject: Call and Response and the Terms of Legibility.” In L. Cuklanz and H. McIntosh (Eds.), Documenting Gendered Violence (pp. 45 – 66). New York, New York: Bloomsbury Publishing. Published, 02/2015.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2015). Anti-Violence Iconographies of the Cage: Diasporan Crossings and the (Un)Tethering of Subjectivities (R. Chevrette, C. Keating, A.H. Koblitz, K. Kuo, C.T. Lee, and H. Switzer, Eds.). Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies for the Special Issue on Transnational Feminisms 36(3). Project MUSE JSTOR Published, 12/31/2015.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2014). “Beyond Supply & Demand: The Limitations of End Demand-Strategies.” In K.K. Hoang and R.S. Parrenas (Eds.), Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Rethinking the Problem, Envisioning New Solutions (pp. 91 – 101). International Debate Education Association. Published, 06/2014.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2014). “‘The Jammed’: Representational Politics and Racialized Narratives of the Trafficked Asian Diaspora.” In K. Liu and J. Huijing (Eds.), Changing Boundaries and Reshaping Itineraries in Asian American Literary Studies. China. Published, 11/2014.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2014). Anti-miscegenation laws; Mixed race/ethnicity Intimate relations; Domestic violence; and LGBT communities. In C.A. Gallagher and C.D. Lippard (Eds.), Race and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic (pp. 63 – 64; pp. 366 – 368). Santa Barbara, California: ABC-Clio/Greenwood Press. Published, 06/2014.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2013). Korean Immigrant Women in America; Role of Asian Americans in Anti-Human Trafficking Movement; Asian Americans and the Comfort Women Issue. In E.J.W. Park and X. Zhao, Eds. Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History (pp 709 – 712; pp. 68 – 70; pp. 330-333). California: ABC-Clio. Published, 11/2013.
  • Fukushima, A.I. & Kirk, G. (June 17, 2013). Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline. Foreign Policy in Focus. Washington, DC. Published, 06/2013.
  • Fukushima, A. (2011). Coercion and Migration. In J.P. Rordiguez (Ed.), Slavery in the Modern World: A History of Political, Social and Economic Oppression (pp. 17 – 33). Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, LLC. Published, 10/2011.
  • Fukushima, A.I. & C. Liou. “Weaving Theory and Practice: Anti-Trafficking Partnerships and the Fourth ‘P’ in the Human Trafficking Paradigm.” Human Trafficking is Global Slavery. Program on Human Rights, Stanford University. 2012. Published, 06/2012.
  • Fukushima, A. (2009). Comfort Women. In E. Chen and G. Yoo (Eds.), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Contemporary Asian American Issues Today. Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2009. Published, 10/2009.
  • Fukushima, A. (Fall 2008). Beyond Moments of Disjuncture: The Visual Culture of the Sex Trafficked Asian (Woman). Praxis (formerly Phoebe): Gender & Cultural Critiques 20, No. 2: 15 – 34. Published, 08/2008.
  • Fukushima, A. (2008). Coerced Migration. In J. Warner (Ed), Battleground: Immigration. Connecticut: Greenwood Press. Published, 10/2008.