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


  • Fukushima, A.I. (2018). Witnessing the Migratory Trafficked Subject. Biography. Accepted, 02/07/2018.
  • 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.
  • 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., Maparyan, L., Richardson, M. and Revilla, A.T. (Accepted). Saving Our Own Lives: Queer, Indigenous, Muxerista, Womanist, and Feminist of Color Voices. Third Woman Press, Texas. Accepted, 10/12/2016.
  • 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., Guest Contributor. (2016). “Why should human trafficking be countered through a critical human rights approach?” In John Vanek (Ed.), The Essential Abolitionist: What You Need to Know About Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery. Published, 02/23/2016.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2016) “Review of Holly Smith’s Walking Prey: How America’s Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery,” Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, Rutgers University. Published, 09/26/2016.
  • 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. & 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. (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.
  • 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. “Review of Joel Quirk’s The Anti-Slavery Project: From Slave Trade to Human Trafficking. Societies Without Borders 9, no. 1 (April 2014): 132 - 34. Published, 04/2014.
  • Fukushima, A.I., Ginoza, A., Hase, M., Kirk, G., & Shefler, T. (March 11, 2014). Disaster Militarism: Rethinking U.S. Relief in the Asia-Pacific. Foreign Policy in Focus, Washington, DC. Published, 03/2014.
  • 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.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. (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. (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. (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. (2008). Coerced Migration. In J. Warner (Ed), Battleground: Immigration. Connecticut: Greenwood Press. Published, 10/2008.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Addressing human trafficking in Salt Lake City: Needs and Opportunities. PI: Allison O'Connor. 01/01/2018 - 11/30/2018. Total project budget to date: $30,000.00
  • “Violence Against Women Community Needs Assessment.” . PI: Annie Isabel Fukushima. ity and County of San Francisco Department on the Status of Women., 01/01/2018 - 06/30/2018. Total project budget to date: $90,000.00
  • Democratizing Knowledge Fellow, "Just Academic Spaces," Democratizing Knowledge Summer Institute, Rutgers University. PI: Sherri-Ann Butterfield, Shirley Collado, Bonita Veysey. Co-PI(s): Invited workshop speakers and leaders include: Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University - Newark; Cathy Cohen; Linda Carty; Chandra Mohanty; Beverly Guy-Sheftall; and Erica Williams; among others. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 06/11/2017 - 06/17/2017. Total project budget to date: $300.00
  • Women of Color Academics of Social Work. PI: Fukushima et al., . Graduate Diversity Enhancement Grant , 10/11/2016 - 05/15/2017. Total project budget to date: $1,000.00
  • Migratory Times. PI: Annie Isabel Fukushima. Co-PI(s): Dalida Maria Benfield. Abundance Foundation, 09/15/2016 - 11/30/2017. Total project budget to date: $70,000.00
  • “A Mixed Methods Analysis of Cultural Competency in Anti-trafficking Service Provision,” . PI: Annie Isabel Fukushima. 08/16/2016 - 05/31/2017. Total project budget to date: $6,000.00
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Rutgers University. PI: Independent Fellowship with the Institute for Research on Women & Dept. of Women's & Gender Studies. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 07/01/2013 - 06/01/2015. Total project budget to date: $0.00

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Americas
  • Asia


  • Fukushima, A.I. & Hendrix, E. Migration and Trafficking. Break-out Session. Center for Research on Migration and Refugee Integration Symposium. University of Utah, March 31, 2017. Presentation, Presented, 03/31/2018.
  • Fukushima, A.I. Guest Lecture. (February 7, 2018) “An American Haunting.” Feminist Studies 40, Sexuality and Globalization, University of California, Santa Cruz. Other, Presented, 02/07/2018.
  • Weiler, T., Brown, N., Pena, N. Fukushima, A.I., and Batar, A. (January 26, 2018). “Villain or Broker; Victim or Survivor: A Conversation on Definitions and Narratives.” 4th Annual Human Trafficking Symposium. Social Justice Student Initiative at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. University of Utah. Panel, Presented, 01/26/2018.
  • Fukushima, A.I., Chair. (March 30, 2018). “Asian/Americans on the Move: Precarity, Belonging, and Strategies of Resistance across the Pacific.” Solidarity and Resistance: Toward Asian American Commitment to Fierce Alliances. Association for Asian American Studies,38th conference. San Francisco, California. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 12/17/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I. Guest Lecture. (November 20 – 26, 2017). “End Demand Strategies and ‘Rescue.’” Social Work 7612-001, Human Trafficking, University of Utah. . Other, Presented, 11/20/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I. & Pillow, W. (November 10, 2017). “Pedagogies of the Zombie.” ASA International Committee: Pedagogies of Dissent in a Global Context. American Studies Association, Chicago, Illinois. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/10/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (Consultant/Trainer). “Human Trafficking 101.” Alaska Native Justice Center. Online training, September 22, 2017. Other, Presented, 09/22/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I., Murphy, W., Richard, S., Roisman, D. Singh, R. (Faculty). “Victim Issues & Prosecuting Cases.” Facilitator & Session Organizer: Judge Curtis Kin and Attorney Khanh Nguyen. Handling Human Trafficking Cases. Judicial Council of California, Sacramento. September 14 – 15, 2017. Other, Presented, 09/14/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (Presenter). “Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation.” First Offender Prostitution Project. Community Works and the San Francisco District Attorney. San Francisco, California, July 29, 2017. Presentation, Presented, 07/29/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I. Guest Lecture. (July 20, 2017). “Methods in Witnessing Transnational Migration & Human Trafficking.” Social Science Methods in Ethnic Studies. ES 101A. Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Other, Presented, 07/20/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (Consultant/Trainer). “Human Trafficking Topical Training, Cultural Competence Training.” Alaska Native Justice Center Peer Visit. Refugee & Immigrant Center – Asian Association of Utah, July 12, 2017. Other, Presented, 07/12/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (June 24, 2017). “Tethered Subjectivities and Human Trafficking in these Migratory Times.” Association for Asian Studies in Asia. Korea University, Seoul, Korea. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/24/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (April 21 – 23, 2017). “Migratory Times: Militarisms, Displacements, & Death Worlds.” Militarism & Migration Conference. University of California, San Diego. City Heights, San Diego, California. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/21/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I. Guest Panelist (March 28, 2017). Diversity Scholars. School for Cultural & Social Transformation, University of Utah. Other, Presented, 03/28/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I. “White Privilege, Race & Community.” Spyhop, Utah, March 27, 2017. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/27/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I. & Benfield, D.M. (Moderator and Co-Lead Organizer). (January 29, 2017). “Dislocating Geographies.” Migratory Times Salon Series. Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects. Web. Other, Other, 01/29/2017.
  • Fukushima A.I., et al., (January 24, 2017). “Defining Voluntourism: Intent v. Impact.” Service House, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Other, 01/24/2017.
  • Fukushima, A.I. & Fallon, L. (Co-Chairs). (April 5 – 6, 2017). “Redefining Justice: Envisioning New Approaches to Anti-Trafficking Work.” Freedom Network, USA, Doubletree by Hilton, Washington D.C., Crystal City. Conference Paper, Accepted, 12/31/2016.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (November 17 – 20, 2016). Contested Visions of Home: Asian/American Diasporic Subjectivities in the Media. American Studies Association, Annual Meeting, “Home/Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are,” Denver, Colorado. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/19/2016.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (November 10 – 13, 2016). Witnessing Homosocial Violence through a Decolonial Praxis. Session: The Praxis of Decolonial Feminism. National Women’s Studies Association. Annual Meeting, “Decoloniality,” Montreal Quebec. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/11/2016.
  • Fukushima, A.I., Burnham, L., & Chang, G. (November 3, 2016). “Radicalizing Care & Labor Justice.” The Insurgent Legacy of Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Center for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/03/2016.
  • Fukushima, A., Franchek-Roa, K., Hendrix, E., and Hoffman, L. “At the Intersection: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking” Part I and Part II. Moving Forward Together: 25 Years of Resilience. 25th Annual Domestic Violence Conference. Utah Valley Convention Center, October 7, 2016. Other, Presented, 10/07/2016.
  • Fukushima, A.I. Guest Lecture (October 6, 2016). “Human Trafficking” Social Work 6350, Global Advanced Practice 1, University of Utah. Other, Presented, 10/06/2016.
  • Fukushima, A. Moderator. “Ending Gender-Based Violence: Lessons into Actions.” Keynote by Lynn Rosenthal. Moving Forward Together: 25 Years of Resilience. 25th Annual Domestic Violence Conference. Utah Valley Convention Center, October 5, 2016. Other, Presented, 10/05/2016.
  • Fukushima, A.I., Liu, B. (June 2 – 5, 2016). “Victimization, Human Trafficking and Immigrants: Mixed Methods analysis of the Perceptions of Victimhood in U.S. Courts, 2000 – 2015.” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/03/2016.
  • Beauregard, G., Fukushima, A.I., & Patterson, C.P. (April 29, 2016). “The Subject(s) of Human Rights: Points of Departure.” Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Annual Meeting, Miami, Florida. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/29/2016.
  • Fukushima A.I. & Mahoney, M. (Co-Chairs). (April 4 – 5, 2016). “Bridging the Gap and Building a Movement: Partnership, Prevention, Protection, Prosecution.” Freedom Network, USA, Chicago, Palmer House. Other, Other, 04/04/2016.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (March 26, 2016). Advancing Refugee Wellness in Utah & Beyond.” Student Global Health Initiative Global Health Conference. Global Health, University of Utah. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/26/2016.
  • Fukushima, A.I. Guest Lecture (March 24, 2016). “Using advanced communication technologies in teaching” Social Work 7612-001, Teaching & Learning. Other, Presented, 03/24/2016.
  • Fukushima, A.I. Guest Lecture (March 10, 2016). “Human trafficking in the U.S.” Social Work 4704, Spring 2016, Policy Course, University of Utah. Other, Presented, 03/10/2016.
  • Fukushima, A.I. Guest Lecture (February 25, 2016). “State of the art strategies to teach social work students about human diversity” Social Work 7612-001, Teaching & Learning, University of Utah. Other, Presented, 02/25/2016.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (February 19, 2016). “Disrupting Black & White Visions: Human Trafficking, Race, & Difference.” Social Justice Student Initiative at the S.J. Quinney College of Law Human Trafficking Symposium, At Risk Youth: Pathways to Delinquency and Sex Trafficking. University of Utah. Presentation, Presented, 02/19/2016.
  • Benfield, D.M, Daly, T., Fantone, L., & Fukushima, A.I. (November 15, 2015). Publishing in/and/with/ Precariousness. National Women's Studies Association Annual conference on Precarity. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 12 – 15, 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/15/2015.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (November 14, 2015). Slave Narratives: Productions of Vulnerability & Disposability. National Women's Studies Association Annual conference on Precarity. Fuentes, M. & Lee, L.M. (Co-Panelist). Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 12 – 15, 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/14/2015.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (October 8-11, 2015). “Technology, Surveillance, and Transnational Trafficking: Securing the Nation Through Narratives of (In)security.” Contesting Inter/national Militarized Security in the “Asia Pacific” and Imagining An Otherwise. American Studies Association, Annual Meeting 2015. Baik, C. & Ginoza, A. (Co-Panelist). October 8 – 11, 2015, Toronto, Canada. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/09/2015.
  • Fukushima, A.I. Guest Lecture, (September 22, 2015). “How to engage with people from underrepresented populations” Social Work 6000-0001, Fall 2015 Practice 1, University of Utah. Other, Presented, 09/22/2015.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (July 17, 2015). Summer Institute in Asian American Studies on “The Subject(s) of Human Rights.” Nguyen, V., Wu, H.G., Jin, J.Y & Patterson, C. (Co-Panelist). National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, July 16 – 18, 2015. Panel, Presented, 07/17/2015.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2015). “Anti-violence Iconographies of the Cage: Diasporan Crossings and the (Un)Tethering of Subjectivities.” Kinney, E., Hill, A., Hua, J.Y., Leon, C. & Shdaimah, C., (Co-Panelists). Law and Society Association Annual Conference. Seattle Washington, May 28 – 31, 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/28/2015.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2015). “(Living) Dead Subjects: Examining Media & Legal Discourse of Mamasans, Sex Slaves and Sexualized Economies in Neoliberal Times.” Traveling Subjects: Koreans and Korean Diasporas. Kwon, B. & Lee, E.H. (Co-Panelists), Pak, G. (Chair). Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/23/2015.
  • Denda, K., Fukushima, A.I., & and Kim, S. (Co-Organizers). (December 4, 2014). Rethinking the Asia Pivot: Challenging Everyday Militarisms and Bridging Communities of Women. In collaboration with Institute for Research on Women, Asian Languages and Culture and Rutgers Libraries, Rutgers University. Other, Other, 12/04/2014.
  • Fukushima, A.I. & Hua, J. 2014. ASA Ethnic Studies Committee: Watching in Pain and Pleasure: Representing Women of Color on Screens, American Studies Association, Annual Conference. Chaman, D., Celeste, M. * Valdivia, A. (Co-Panelists). Joseph, R. (Chair).Los Angeles, California, November 6 – 9, 2014. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/06/2014.
  • Fukushima, A.I., Walter, R., & Holsey, B. (October 31, 2014). Faculty Forum. “Crossings,” Center for Race and Ethnicity, Annual Faculty Forum, Rutgers University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/31/2014.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2014). “Caged, Bound, and Shackled: Diasporan Crossings and the Tethering of Subjects to Anti-Violence Iconographies.” Transnational Feminisms Summer Institute, Ohio State University. Summer 2014. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/06/2014.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (April 30, 2014) “An American Haunting: From Exclusions to the Ghost Case.” American Studies Colloquium. Respondent: Dr. Kathy Lopez. Rutgers University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/30/2014.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (April 18, 2014). “Remembering and Witnessing an American Haunting in the Chinese Ghost Case / 'Blessing Scam'” Language in Asian/American Performance and Translation Studies. Association for Asian American Studies, 2014. San Francisco, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/18/2014.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2014). “Teaching Militarism, Demilitarizing the Classroom.” Ginoza, A., Kirk, G., & Garrison, R. (Co-Panelist). National Association for Ethnic Studies conference 42nd Annual Conference, Research as Ceremony, Decolonizing Ethnic Studies, April 3 – 5, 2014. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/03/2014.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2013). “Cultures of Crossing & Servitude: Tracing an Archive of Raced and Gendered Subjects.” Cultures of Intimacy, Debt, & Servitude. Ho, T.C. & Hua, J.Y. (Co-Panelist). Schaeffer, F.A. (Chair). American Studies Association Conference, 2013, “Social Movements in an Age of Debt,” Washington D.C. November 21 – 24, 2013. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/21/2013.
  • Fukushima, A.I. & Mani, P. (October 18, 2013). Asian American Studies Learning Community. Rutgers University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/18/2013.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (2013). “The Archive of Language: Mapping the ‘Perfect Victim’ and the Trafficking of Asians and Latinas/os.” Decolonial Feminist Analysis of Archives: Memories, Bodies & Differential Consciousness panel. Alarcon, W., Benfield, D.M., & Cachola, E., (Co-Panelist). Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference, 2013. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/19/2013.
  • Fukushima, A.I. (April 29, 2013). “Asian Migrant Crossings: From Criminality to Victimhood and the Human Trafficking Paradigm.” Oldenborg Luncheon Colloquium, Pomona College sponsored by the American Studies Program at Scripps College. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/29/2013.
  • Fukushima, A. (2012). “‘Are We on Camera?’ Filmic Representations of the Asian / American Human Trafficked Person.” Changing Boundaries and Reshaping Itineraries: An International Conference on Asian American Expressive Culture. Beijing Foreign Studies University, China. June 9 – 11, 2012. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/10/2012.
  • Fukushima A. (2012). “Don’t Be Fooled: U.S. Anti-Trafficking Initiatives & National Security.” Crisis. Global Studies Conference. University of California, Santa Barbara. February 24 – 25, 2012. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/25/2012.
  • Fukushima, A. (2012). “Witnessing: The Sex Trafficking of Asians & Latinas/os in the U.S.” Sex Trafficking in the U.S.: Researching Vulnerable Populations 2012 Interdisciplinary Conference. Oregon State University, Corvallis. February 16 – 18, 2012. Conference Paper, Presented, 02/18/2012.
  • Fukushima, A. (2011). “Trauma, (Re)Memory, the Witness: Human Trafficking & California.” Human Trafficking Panel. Sonoma State University. April 27, 2011. Panel, Presented, 04/27/2011.
  • Fukushima, A. (2010). “Conceptualizing Criminalization in the Context of Victim Centered Approaches.” 7th Annual National Conference on Human Trafficking, Prostitution, & Sex Work. Toledo, Ohio University. October 7, 2010. Presentation, Presented, 10/10/2010.
  • Fukushima, A. (2010). “The Juridical and the Discursive: (Re)writing Gendered Bodies Across (De)colonialities.” Latin American Studies Association XXIX International Congress. Hernandez, R. Sanchez, A. & Veronelli, G. (Co-Panelist). Toronto, Canada. October 9, 2010. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/09/2010.
  • Fukushima, A. Guest Speaker. “Intergenerational Wisdom: Celebrating out Past, Present, and Future.” Empowering Women of Color Conference. University of California, Berkeley. March 13, 2010. Panel, Presented, 03/13/2010.
  • Fukushima, A. Panelist. “Resisting Militarism and Master Narratives: Foregrounding Land, Community, and Body as Sites of Decolonizing Knowledge.” Decolonizing the University: Fulfilling the Dream of the Third World College. February 27, 2010. University of California, Berkeley. Panel, Presented, 02/27/2010.
  • Fukushima, A. (2008). “Asia Pacific's Silences Revisited: Women, War and (Re) Memory Through Methodology of Transnational Feminism.” The Future of Asian Feminisms Confronting Fundamentalism, Conflict and Neo-liberalism. Kartini Asia Network International Conference, Bali, Indonesia. November 2-5, 2008. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/03/2009.
  • Fukushima, A. (2009). “Reconfiguring Trauma and the 21st Century Imaginary: Violence, Resistance, and Healing.” Panel: “Gendering the Human Rights Lens: Military Prostitution, Sexual Violence, and Neoliberalism in the Asia-Pacific.” Redefining Human Rights and Social Justice in the Pacific Rim, Pacific Seminar. University of California, Santa Cruz. June 24-25, 2009. Panel, Presented, 06/24/2009.
  • Fukushima, A. (2009). “Bases, Violence Against Women, Resistance.” Co-panelist: Retired Colonel Ann Wright. February 27 - Security Without Empire. National Organizing Conference on Foreign Military Bases. A Nationwide Organizing Conference. American University, Washington D.C., USA. March 2, 2009. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/02/2009.
  • Fukushima, A. (2008). “Silences Revisited: Women, War, and (Re)Memory through a Methodology of Transnational Feminism.” April 11, 2008. Session II (B): In the Transnational Context: Empire, Ethnicity, and Women of Silences. The 2008 Texas Tech Comparative Literature Symposium on “War, Empire, and Culture” Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. April 11-12, 2008. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/11/2008.
  • Fukushima, A. Guest Speaker. “The Inhumanity of Human Trafficking: Anti-Violent Interventions and Transnational Intersectionalities” 18th Annual Asian Pacific Islander Issue Conference – Peeling off the Label. University of California, Berkeley. March 1, 2008. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/01/2008.
  • Chatterjee, S., Dorozenski, M., Fukushima, A., Litos, A.T., Maskell, K. & Powell, A. (Founders). (February 20, 2008).“What is the Human in Human Trafficking?" Global Disconnects: The Internet & Human Trafficking. Students & Artists Fighting to End Human Slavery (N. California), End Internet Trafficking Coalition (USA), and Center for Race & Gender (UCB). University of California, Berkeley. Other, Presented, 02/20/2008.
  • Fukushima, A. & Benfield, D.M. (Co-Organizers) (November 10, 2007). “Mobile Aesthetics & Social Movements: Thinkspace.” Out of Time Space Symposium. Visuality & Alterity Working Group, UCB and Collaborators. San Francisco Art Institute. Other, Presented, 11/10/2007.
  • Fukushima, A. Presentation. “Workshop Title: “Imagining Bodies: De-centering Women's Bodies in the Sex Industry, (Re)Centering the Demand.”” March 3, 2007. 22nd Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference (EWOCC). University of California, Berkeley. Presentation, Presented, 03/03/2007.
  • Fukushima, A. “Bodies Imagined: Race, Gender and Sexual Difference in Sex Industry Advertisements.” Center for Race & Gender. Regis, E. (Co-Panelist). University of California, Berkeley. October 19, 2006. Panel, Presented, 10/09/2006.

Research Statement

Previous Research

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. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Utah, I earned my Ph.D., in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. I was also an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University with the Institute for Research on Women and the Department on Women's and Gender Studies (2013 - 2015).

My book, Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US will be published with Stanford University Press (Spring 2019). Important questions are addressed in Migrant Crossings: Who is seen as trafficked? And how does a person cross into being visible as a trafficked person / trafficker? As some migrant experiences make the cover of a newspaper, are documented in the law, or tracked by organizations, others remain invisible. Migrant Crossings examines the sociopolitical and cultural landscape where migrants are tethered to dualities: victim/criminal, legal/illegal, citizen/noncitizen, and even, human or subhuman or as phrased by Lisa Marie Cacho, “dead to others.” This trafficking grows out of the transnational relationship between Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Therefore, Migrant Crossings seeks to understand the twenty-first century human rights preoccupation with the trafficking of Asians and Latinas/os in the United States. In particular, a unique aspect of violence in transnational migration: homo-social and co-ethnic violence. Migrant Crossings is an interdisciplinary and transnational project examining how human trafficking is witnessed in the United States through focusing on the experiences and representations of Asian and Latina/o migrants trafficked into informal economies and service industries. I analyze a wide range of texts and sites of display: scholarly texts, images, legal court records, campaigns, film, and media. The case selections are from a database of over 500 human trafficking cases – data collected from Public Access to Court Records, University of Michigan Law Database, and the Human Trafficking Probono Law Clinic. The legal, socio-political, and cultural imagining of human trafficking is reinforced by a meta-narrative about violence. Human trafficking is a social process, but also a manifestation of the law. 

During my time as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow (2013 – 2015), I was invited to be a co-editor with Layli Maparayan (Wellesley College), Matt Richardson (University of Texas), and Anita Revilla (University of Nevada) for the inaugural anthology published by Third Woman Press: Feminist of Color Publishing, a publishing company founded in 1987 as committed to feminist and queer of color projects, to co-edit their inaugural anthology. The anthology is an interdisciplinary project comprising of poetry, scholarly articles, creative writing, and art, discussing violence, immigration, race, sexuality, intimacy, and social change. It sees itself as part of a genealogy of women of color anthologies, including This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981), Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology (1983), Making Waves: An Anthology of Writings by and about Asian American Women (1989), This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation (2002), among other critical collections. Such anthologies have transformed public knowledge surrounding gender, race, and the nation. The manuscript is currently being formatted for publication.

Scholarly Article Highlights

In 2016, to further my intellectual contributions to witnessing violence in transnational feminist genealogies, I published, “An American Haunting: Unsettling Witnessing in Transnational Migration, the Ghost Case, & Human Trafficking” in the peer reviewed journal Feminist Formations, Special issue, Mobilizing Vulnerability: New Directions in Transnational Feminist Studies & Human Rights. The journal publishes innovative work in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies through Johns Hopkins University Press. “An American Haunting” theorizes witnessing legal courts and offers new modality of witnessing: “unsettled witnessing.” Through the exemplar of the “Ghost case” I query witnessing victimhood and criminality. The article historically contextualizes Chinese immigration and the ghosts of Asian exclusions as a haunting inheritance in anti-trafficking efforts. It frames historical and present perceptions of China as impacting how one is seen (or not seen) as a person who experiences victimization. In this unsettled witnessing one is able to make sense of the “ghosts” that haunt the anti-trafficking movement as shaped by the law.

Prior to publishing with Feminist Formations, in 2015, I was invited by Cathy-Schlund Vials (University of Connecticut), Guy Beauregard (National Taiwan University), and Hsiu-Chuan Lee (National Taiwan University) to write a sole-author chapter for the edited anthology entitled The Subject(s) of Human Rights. The anthology has interest from Temple University Press where it will be published as part of the Asian American Studies Series. The chapter addresses a twenty-first century human rights concern: addressing exploitation in global supply chains, such as trafficking into industries like fishing, farming, and factories.

My peer-reviewed article, “Anti-Violence Iconographies of the Cage: Diasporan Crossings and the (Un)Tethering of Subjectivities” (2015) was published in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies for the Special Issue on Transnational Feminisms. Frontiers: Journal of women’s studies is considered by SCImago Journal rankings as one of the oldest and most respected feminist journals in the United States. “Anti-Violence Iconographies of the Cage” discusses the circulation of the image of the cage in law enforcement efforts to address human trafficking. This article examines arrange of content surrounding the image of the cage to conceptualize what I refer to as a “tethered subjectivity.

New Projects

I am currently working on a range of new projects. This includes conducting a needs assessment for survivors of violence in the city of San Francisco. I was awarded, as the Principal Investigator, to conduct the study through funds granted by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. 

Conferences: Past five years

Since 2007, I have presented my work at: American Studies Association (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013), National Women’s Studies Association (2016, 2015), Law and Society Association (2016, 2015), Association for Asian American Studies (2016, 2015), National Association for Ethnic Studies (2014), Critical Ethnic Studies (2013), and Global Studies Conference (2012).

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Migratory Times. PI: Annie Fukushima. Co-PI(s): Dalida Maria Benfield. 09/01/2016 - 11/30/2017.

Research Keywords

  • Transnationalism
  • Transnational Feminism
  • Social Movements
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Latinos or Latinas
  • Immigration
  • Gender Issues
  • Decolonial Philosophy
  • Asian-Americans