• Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies Division in the School for Cultural & Social Transformation

Research Summary

My research focuses on migration, violence, militarisms, sexual slavery and human trafficking. I am an interdisciplinary scholar whose research bridges sociolegal analysis with visual studies, cutting across fields of sociology, American studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, and legal studies.


  • 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


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." Her research has appeared in peer-reviewed scholarly journals: Feminist Formations (2016), Frontiers: Journal of Women Studies (2015)and Praxis (formerly Phoebe): Gender & Cultural Critiques (2008) and chapters in edited anthologies – Documenting Gendered Violence (2015), Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Rethinking the Problem, Envisioning New Solutions (2014). Her book, Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US  examines the sociopolitical process of witnessing Asian and Latina/o migrants trafficked in the U.S. 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).



Selected Works

  • 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.
  • 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. (2018). Witnessing the Migratory Trafficked Subject. Biography. Accepted, 02/07/2018.
  • 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. (Accepted). "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. . Accepted, 03/23/2017.
  • 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). “‘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). “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.