Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research

February 17, 2023 – 8AM – 5PM

Approximately 640 undergraduate researchers across the state of Utah presenting at University of Utah Office of Undergraduate Research University of Utah


The program is now live. You can see the dynamic research occurring across the state of Utah. The event is open to the public. I hope folks will attend, send their students/ folks.

Researchers at all stages of research welcome to attend and meet other researchers. Network. And foster a thriving research community in Utah.

See what the State of Utah has to offer in research across the fields of transformative, interdisciplinary, science, engineering, medicine and health, social science, humanities, architecture, art, social work and nursing.


University of Utah

Weber State University

Salt Lake Community College

Snow College

Utah State University

Southern Utah University

Utah Tech University

Utah Valley University

Westminster College


A Collaborative Autoethnographic Platica: The Multi-Layered Citizen in Academia

Check out this coauthored working paper, “A Collaborative Autoethnographic Platica: The Multi-Layered Citizen in Academia” by Ziwei Qi, yours truly (Annie Isabel Fukushima), and Leticia Alvarez Gutiérrez (cc’d).

Abstract: This collaborative autoethnographic platica centralizes a research methodology in which the researchers retrospectively and selectively analyze their personal experiences among three academics (authors), a Chinese, a KoreXicana, and a Purépecha/Chicana through conversations – pláticas. This paper draws upon Nira Yuval-Davis’ notion of the multi-layered citizen, whereby women of color academics belong to multiple political communities. The authors reflect on the vicissitudes of the global pandemic, yellow peril discourse, anti-immigration, ongoing racism, and gender-based violence. These sociopolitical issues are the context for what it means to teach and do research in a predominantly white institution (PWI) where exclusions are rife. The authors also discuss challenges experienced, institutional structures, and interlocking oppressions related to research and teaching.


Ziwei Qi, Annie Isabel Fukushima, and Leticia Alvarez Gutiérrez. 2023. A Collaborative Autoethnographic Platica: The Multi-Layered Citizen in Academia. Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence and ADVANCE Purdue Center for Faculty Success Working Paper Series 5(2): pg 16-25.

Fukushima on the Daily Dish


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (The Daily Dish) – Human trafficking impacts people around the world as well as here in Utah. An estimated 24.9 million people are being trafficked every day. The United States Senate has recognized the severity of this issue and has designated January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

On January 11th, the University of Utah will be hosting a Restoring Freedom Summit to raise local awareness about human trafficking and its impact on communities in Utah. According to a state-wide needs assessment conducted by the Gender-Based Violence Consortium in 2022, the top five needs for survivors of human trafficking in Utah are housing, financial support, emotional support, mental health, and family support. To address this need, the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium has partnered with the Healing Center for Complex Trauma and Holding Out Help to support local responses to violence, including ritualistic abuse.Holding Out HELP: Providing resources for people escaping polygamy

The Restoring Freedom Summit will provide an opportunity for professionals and community members to learn more about ritualistic abuse and Dissociative Identity Disorder, and to better understand how to respond to the complex needs of survivors. The summit will also address the lack of comprehensive services for survivors, including mental health, medical, legal services, and the lack of understanding about ritualistic abuse and its resulting symptoms. By addressing these issues, the community can work towards creating a more supportive environment for survivors.

Restoring Freedom Summit

Date: January 11, 2023

Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm

Utah Statewide Needs Assessment: Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking – 2022 Report

Download the 2022 Report

UNA Final Report 2022 High Resolution

UNA Final Report 2022 Low Resolution

“There is a need to respond to violence in the state of Utah. The overall perception of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking in Utah are that conditions have worsened, the physical violence has become even more deadly. While participants of this study described a growth in local response, they illuminated how silence and the culture of Utah continues to create challenges for survivors… Across the state of Utah, domestic violence organizations conduct a Lethality Assessment Program (LAP). Between 2016 and June 2021, 24,202 LAP screenings were conducted. It was found during the last two years of LAP screenings that 3,653 cases faced high danger (Utah Domestic Violence Coalition 2022). Similar data shows that rape is the only violent crime in Utah with a rate higher than the national average. Research conducted by Dr. Melton illuminates that 40% of CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) hits are serial offenders… Human trafficking is under-reported and more difficult to identify. In 2020, there were also 182 victims of human trafficking identified in the state from the National Human Trafficking Hotline (n.d.) and 1,413 cases 2017 to 2020. Although victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking experience these forms of abuse specifically, they oftentimes may intersect in the form of polyvictimization where a survivor may experience multiple forms of abuse in their lifetime. This report reflects the tip of the iceberg.”

Fukushima, A.I. (2022). Utah Statewide Needs Assessment: Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking – 2022 Report. Salt Lake City, UT: Gender-Based Violence Consortium, University of Utah. https://gbvc.utah.edu/utah-state-wide-needs-assessment-2022/ 

Click through to read more about how marginalized communities experience violence, community needs, and the recommendations to address violence.

#domesticviolenceawareness #sexualviolence #humantrafficking #genderbasedviolence #racialequity #communitybasedresearch

Gratitude to: Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, Restoring Ancestral Winds, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA), DCFS, the survivors and experts who contributed to this study. As well as my students who supported the research – Mikaila Barker, Tony Chen, Mariah Montoya, and Sohyun Park University of Utah Gender-Based Violence Consortium.

In-Contestation: Feminist Challenges and Change

Yesterday, I spoke as the keynote for the Kathryn Kenley-Johnson Memorial lecture at San Francisco State University. The title of the talk: In Contestation: Feminist Challenges and Change. It has been 10 years since I last walked on the SFSU campus. Then I was an adjunct lecturer teaching to back-to-back classes of 100 students each. I felt nostalgia and also was honored to be in conversation with students who ask provocative questions, are thinking critically, and are ready to change the world and community around them. I so appreciate the Department of Women & Gender Studies.

Book Review of Migrant Crossings in American Journal of Sociology

My book Migrant Crossings Stanford University Press was reviewed by Elena Shih in American Journal of Sociology! Thoughtful criticism and engagement with my work. All points well taken. A highlight here:

“Human trafficking is a paradox ripe for social science inquiry. Advocates emphatically assert that it is one of the most ubiquitous policy concerns of the contemporary era, yet empirically, we are told the mechanisms that drive trafficking allow it to thrive invisibly, or “beneath the surface” (“The Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [2003]). Annie Isabel Fukushima’s Migrant Crossings tackles this paradox head-on, by uniquely centering the act of “witnessing.” Weaving in frameworks bridging media studies, transnational feminist theory, and ethnic studies, the work brings a broadly interdisciplinary and analytically contemplative inquiry into critical antitrafficking studies. Pairing creatively wide-ranging empirical data extending from first and secondary court data to films and various media, Fukushima creates a pastiche that offers viewers a sense of how antitrafficking has created victims and saviors along racist and imperialist logics…While numerous legal and migration scholars have offered insights into the ability of antitrafficking discourse to construct the bounds of criminality and innocence, Fukushima’s exemplary weaving illustrates these boundaries around the important axes of racialization, racism, militarization, and empire….”

American Journal of Sociology

Volume 127, Number 3November 2021


Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. By Annie Isabel Fukushima. Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2019. Pp. viii+261. $90.00 (cloth); $28.00 (paper).

Article DOI



Decolonial feminist pedagogies: entering into the “world” of the zombie as praxis

Check out my article Decolonial feminist pedagogies: entering into the “world” of the zombie as praxis with Tanjerine Vei published in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

To teach about race is to recognize how there are communities whose worlds are shaped by violence, death, and resurrection, such as Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Emmett Till, George Floyd, and the many unnamed. Resurrection invokes the zombie figure. Zombies are iconic, and as implemented in an interdisciplinary course, a means to foster opportunities to engage with a social figure whose multiple meanings are cultural, historical, and political, and also notions of race and racial meaning-making. Through the figure of the zombie, this autoethnographic revisiting of a course takes up what Lugones calls playful “‘world’-travelling.” To unpack “‘world’-travelling” we examine how it was facilitated through the “world café,” a teaching modality. This article examine an educational environment where students engaged in the complexities of race relations in the US by hacking learning rituals that foster understanding racism

Annie Isabel Fukushima & Tanjerine Vei Decolonial feminist pedagogies: entering into the “world” of the zombie as praxishttps://doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2022.2025489

Collaborating with Undergraduate Researchers at the U


Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of the Vice President for Research are committed to fostering and supporting faculty success in research through collaborations with undergraduate researchers.

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) provides resources and support for University of Utah’s researchers to foster an environment of creativity, discovery, and advanced knowledge.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) resides in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. The mission of the University of Utah Office of Undergraduate Research is to facilitate and promote undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and creative works in all disciplines throughout the University of Utah campus. In recognition that excellence requires diversity, OUR pursues this mission through equitable programming that promotes diverse representation and social justice. OUR is well recognized for programming including Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), the Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation (URSD), Undergraduate Research Symposia (URS Spring, Summer, and Fall), the annual Undergraduate Research Journal, and the Undergraduate Research Education Series, among other exciting opportunities.

The VPR Office and OUR have a longstanding history of collaboration to fulfill the university’s mission to foster student success by preparing students from diverse backgrounds for lives of impact as leaders and citizens through research.

To better serve researchers, faculty and student alike, and effectively collaborate with staff, we offer the following recommendations:

  • Undergraduate researchers can be vital collaborators, contributors on a research team, and are the next generation of future researchers. We encourage researchers with grants or foundation funds budget to incorporate compensating undergraduate researchers as part of their team. Undergraduate researchers can play a significant role in assisting a research project and supporting and undergraduate researcher fosters the mentoring environment the University of Utah is committed to. For National Science Foundation grantees, it is encouraged the Principal Investigator(s) consider making their project a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site. Consult with your college Associate Dean of Research, Dean, or Office of Sponsored Projects.
  • Undergraduate researchers can be onboarded in a myriad of ways, here are two options for paid undergraduate researchers:
    • Hire undergraduate researchers as part-time temporary employees through Human Resources. Students are able to then be paid through payroll where they receive direct payments via direct deposit or a check sent to their address. Additionally, if hiring a non-University of Utah researcher, this allows HR to offer a UNID to the undergraduate researcher which provides access to UTA, the library, student life center, and RedMed. Consult your college human resources analyst if you have questions, or contact Human Resources to learn more about department/college contacts.
    • Some NSF grantees are considered an NSF Research Traineeship Program. If this applies to you, then we encourage you to onboard your undergraduate researcher as a trainee. If this is the case, please consult with Financial and Business Services. If onboarding a non-University of Utah researcher, consult FBS in advance of onboarding the student to find out if your researcher will have taxes deducted or be eligible for an affiliate UNID.
    • Encourage your researcher to take advantage of programming and resources with OUR. OUR offers the following:
      • Coordinates and brings together partners across campus working with undergraduate researchers through the Summer Programs Partnership.
      • Provides other financial opportunities including Travel & Small Grants of up to $500; Undergraduate Research Opportunity Scholars Program (UROP); and we provide scholarships.
      • Student researchers may be eligible for an Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation that shows up on their transcripts and includes a cord at graduation.
      • Have your undergraduate researcher share the amazing research that also fosters professional development by presenting at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
      • Educational programming is vital for ongoing learning for undergraduate researchers across campus, check out the OUR Undergraduate Research Education Series.
      • Information sharing is vital to research – OUR has a wide-network of social, email communities, and opportunities that we are more than happy to promote opportunities to OUR community.
      • OUR provides advising to any undergraduate researcher at the University of Utah. We see our role as supporting researchers at any stage of their research journey and are here to support faculty working with undergraduate mentees.

The OUR and VPR Office are here to support all faculty and student research collaborations at the University of Utah. We are committed to research innovation and collaboration, and invite folks to consult with our offices.

Annie Isabel Fukushima, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies & Director, Office of Undergraduate Research

Jim Agutter, Senior Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies

Erin Rothwell, Interim Vice President for Research

XIII Annual Ob/Gyn Department Domestic Violence Forum 2021

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Thursday, October 14, 2021 – 8-10am


Ruthven Darlene, MA – Founder and Executive Director, Women of Silicon Valley
Annie Isabel Fukushima, PhD Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, University of Utah       
Maya Rossin-Slater, PhD – Assistant Professor Stanford Health Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine

Objectives:     Upon completion of this learning activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Get acquainted with on-going policy and research in maternal and child well-being and how public policies can have an effect on disadvantage populations.
  • Become Familiar with current status of different populations trafficked in the US.
  • Recognize that domestic violence may affect affluent families, and get informed about options available.

Migratory Monsters Series

October 26 10AM MST / 12PM EST – Visions of Monstrosity
Rebecca Close, Kakyoung Lee, Sandra Del Rio Madrigal

November 30 10AM MST / 12PM EST – The Body and Horror
Dr. Angela Smith, Diana Tran, Sandra Del Rio Madrigal

December 3 – Time TBD – Author Reading
Sandra Del Rio Madrigal

Register: https://bitly.com/migratorymonsters
Facilitators: Dalida María Benfield and Annie Isabel Fukushima With The Institute of ImPossible Subjects

Forum on the Future of Comparative, Postcolonial, and Decolonial Work

Invitation to Participate

Forum on the Future of Comparative, Postcolonial, and Decolonial Work

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

October 1-2 

Virtual & Free

To register:


You are warmly invited to participate in a two-day free event, “Forum on the Future of Comparative, Postcolonial, and Decolonial Work,” held virtually on October 1-2.

Supported by both the College of Humanities and the Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies at the University of Utah, the “Forum on the Future of Comparative, Postcolonial, and Decolonial Work” is a research and pedagogical initiative aimed to bring together three respective disciplinary fields of work to offer a critical and sustainable space for engaging in conversations and debates on future directions for the intersectionality of comparative, postcolonial, and decolonial work. The forum takes the position that we all are implicated in a scatter of hegemonic structures of thought and feeling and world system designs. While as scholars and educators we cannot escape the predicament of producing knowledge and legitimizing disciplines, it is possible to carry out our work, otherwise, to imagine new horizons that are more attuned with the decolonial principle of pluriversality. The forum aims to be an example and advancement of such work. Comparative, postcolonial, and decolonial scholars and graduate/undergraduate students, stakeholders, and community members are invited to discuss the origins, debate the impact, and deliberate the future of comparative, postcolonial, and decolonial work over the course of two days.



Comparative Work

Co-Leaders: Bo Wang & Jerry Won Lee

Postcolonial Work

Co-Leaders: Annie Fukushima & José Cortez 



Co-Leaders: Lisa Flores & René Agustín De los Santos

Panel Discussion  

Co-Leaders: Bo Wang, Jerry Won Lee, Jose Cortez, Annie Fukushima, René Agustín De los Santos, and Lisa Flores.

Editorial: Anti-Trafficking Education: Sites of care, knowledge, and power

Annie Isabel Fukushima, Annie Hill, and Jennifer Suchland

Read full length editorial here: https://www.antitraffickingreview.org/index.php/atrjournal/article/view/573/424


Soon after the World Health Organization (WHO) discovered a mysterious coronavirus in Wuhan, China, in January 2020, the world faced a global pandemic. By July 2021, it was estimated that more than 196 million people were infected and more than 4 million had died, with untold global effects.[2] The pandemic led to governmental responses such as lockdowns, curfews, and other restrictions on movement that affected schools, services, businesses, families, and communities. Countries around the world wrestled with questions like: How to teach children learning from home?[3] Who counts as an essential worker?[4] How to deliver services when social systems are strained or in danger of collapse?[5] In this context, the anti-trafficking movement, composed of educators, activists, service providers, healthcare workers, and many others, faced demands for distanced connections utilising online learning, telehealth services, Massive Open Online Courses, virtual exchange, and other forms of digitally-mediated communication.[6]

During the pandemic, people began to understand ‘Zoom’ connections as part of an everyday lexicon where web-video meetings were a central form of communication. While some people saw the possibilities to radically alter and expand education, the pandemic also exacerbated neoliberal market pressures that privilege privatised teaching and learning, entrench the digital divide, and threaten local and Indigenous knowledge systems.[7] Additionally, it was apparent that vulnerable populations were rendered even more vulnerable due to economic instability, resource scarcity, and heightened conditions of exploitation, to name but a few of the pandemic’s effects.[8] And yet, at the same time, global uprisings for Black lives in the summer of 2020,[9] and protests against anti-Asian rhetoric and racism,[10] enabled many people to see that education is critical for challenging white supremacy and colonialism, including within the anti-trafficking movement.[11] In effect, education became highly visible due to the pandemic because everyone needed to know about the coronavirus and learn new ways to interact, communicate, work, and organise online, in-person, locally, and globally. Lessons from the pandemic regarding structural vulnerabilities, educational modalities, and radical possibilities for change must now be incorporated into the anti-trafficking movement, if it endeavours to challenge interlocking forms of exploitation and oppression occurring across the globe.

The aim of this Special Issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review is to catalyse a collective process of reflection on and evaluation of the current state and stakes surrounding education on human trafficking. The theme of the Special Issue emerged from conversations among the three guest editors several years ago, and it is even more urgent given the pandemic and its compounded effects. The three of us are scholars and educators who have long been invested in critical trafficking studies, albeit from different academic domains that include Ethnic Studies, Rhetoric, and Feminist Studies.[12] In our conversations, we shared similar concerns about the proliferation of education on human trafficking and how it was frequently framed as an assumed ‘good’ without critical reflection or evaluation. Today, anti-trafficking education extends well beyond the college classroom, accompanied by a significant rise in the sites and stakeholders offering educational resources, such as specialised curricula created for professionals in healthcare, social services, legal professionals, and law enforcement. In the United States, anti-trafficking education is also state-mandated for various people and professions, such as for truck drivers in Arkansas and Kansas;[13] hotel and motel employees in California;[14] staff at lodging establishments in Florida;[15] and law enforcement agents in Georgia[16] and Indiana.[17] Other states require youth to receive education on trafficking as part of a comprehensive sexual health education. In Southeast Asia, the ride-hailing company Grab is training its drivers to ‘spot victims’.[18] In the Indian state of Odisha, NGOs provided pre-migration training for female migrants as a means to prevent labour-related exploitation.[19] The argument for much anti-trafficking educational expansion is that people in diverse professions interact with trafficking survivors and those in trafficking situations but lack the knowledge to identify victims or provide assistance. Thus, increasing numbers of people are being trained and taught to take part in anti-trafficking initiatives on their own or in collaboration with police, victim services, and the criminal legal system.

Please cite this article as: A I Fukushima, A Hill, and J Suchland, ‘Editorial: Anti-Trafficking Education: Sites of care, knowledge, and power’, Anti-Trafficking Review, issue 17, 2021, pp. 1-18, https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.201221171.

Check out the full special issue here: https://www.antitraffickingreview.org/index.php/atrjournal/issue/view/28

Short articles

Migrant Crossings Reviewed in Contemporary Sociology

My book Stanford University Press reviewed by Samantha Majic published with Contemporary Sociology “Annie Fukushima’s Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.offers a timely intervention into contemporary discourse about (im)migration & human trafficking… Migrant Crossings challenges us to question these binaristic characterizations [of trafficking], and Fukushima’s call here to see migrants as complex persons located in particular histories of racism, sexism, colonial-ism, and militarism (among others) provides important guidance to policy-makers and various affected communities as they process and respond to this event.”

Forum on the Future of Comparative, Postcolonial and Decolonial Work

Comparative Work
Co-Leaders: Bo Wang & Jerry Won Lee

Postcolonial Work
Co-Leaders: Annie Isabel Fukushima & José Cortez

Decolonial Work
Co-Leaders: Lisa Flores & René Agustín De los Santos

Panel Discussion
Co-Leaders: Bo Wang, Jerry Won Lee, José Cortez, Annie Isabel Fukushima, René Agustín De los Santos, and Lisa Flores.

Important Dates:
Participation Acknowledgement due: September 1, 2021
Forum: October 1-2, 2021 (over Zoom)

Missing and Murdered: Women of Color, Transgender, and Indigenous People

Sun, August 8, 2:30 to 3:55pm EDT (11:30am to 12:55pm PDT), VAM, Room 3

American Sociological Association – Special Session

This thematic session grapples with a social phenomenon of missing and murdered people – in particular, how state-based violence coheres with gender-based violence in what is referred to as feminicidio, femicide, feminicide and murder. This session will offer an analysis through state comparisons; in particular, the Mexican and Guatemalan state’s response to feminicidio with that of the U.S. and Canadian state’s response to femicide, to underscore the role of the state in responding to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. And in particular, what is known about death through the organizational responses, such as the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability. This session will also provide an intersectional analysis that reconciles the complexity of sex/gender/sexuality systems as they relate to gender-based violence and murder, through the exemplar of the murder of transgender people in the United States. Panelists answer the following questions: What are the patterns and phenomena that a sociology of gender may facilitate to better understand gender-based violence that leads people to be considered “missing” or “murdered”? How do states respond to missing and murdered people, and what are the role of social structures, specialized and traditional justice systems in facilitating (in)action? How may sociological engagement with systems and social movements, through the subject of missing and murdered people, deepen methodology and sociological inquiry? This panel brings together leading social scientists whose contributions bridge together sociology of the law, transnational feminist theory, legal studies, feminist anthropology, and intersectionality. The panelists work from various methodological and analytical approaches.

Session Organizer and Presider: Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima

Presenters: Intersectionality and Impunity: A comparative analysis of feminicidio in Mexico and the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, Paulina Garcia del Moral, University of Guelph

Guatemala and Mam indigenous refugee women, gender-based violence and feminicidio, and access to justice in Guatemala and in U.S. immigration courts, Lynn Stephen, University of Oregon

Unequal Risk: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Murders of Transgender People, Laurel Westbrook, Grand Valley State University

Missing from the count: visualizing the invisible victim in fem(in)icide data, Myrna Dawson, University of Guelph

Review of Migrant Crossings (published in HRQ)

Check it out community!

Migrant Crossings was reviewed by Verjine Adanalian published in Human Rights Quarterly.

Some highlights:

“In Migrant Crossings, as the title might suggest, Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima sets the reader out to experience multiple crossings. In the literal sense, this work crosses through an impressive range of disciplines, including women’s and feminist studies, critical race and ethnic studies, sexuality studies, labor studies, legal studies, and sociology. In the figurative sense, Fukushima has the reader cross from this world into the spooky, abstract world through her “unsettled witnessing” of “ghosts” to her discussions of the “living dead.” By focusing on Asians and Latinx in the United States, Fukushima asks the reader to contemplate how migrants, and specifically victims of human trafficking, “cross into visibility legally, through frames of citizenship, and through narratives of victimhood.” Fukushima’s work is a significant contribution, especially as migration continues to be a hotly debated political and social issue—not only in the United States but worldwide…. Fukushima’s work should be celebrated for the wealth of knowledge and information it has managed to contain in less than 300 pages.”

Verjine Adanalian, Human Rights Quarterly, https://muse.jhu.edu/article/761343

Chicana/x & Latina/x Feminisms 2021 – Podcasts

Chicana/x and Latina/x Feminisms

Ethnic Studies 5730-090 / Gender Studies 5730-001

Course location: Online

Spring 2021

Professor: Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima                                                                            


Podcast by Kim
Podcast by Juliette
Title of podcast: “In your feels”

Check out the playlist:

Digital Dialogue Six | Human Rights Beyond Carceral Systems

The Society of Fellows Digital Dialogues series brings together artists, scholars and activists working in a range of disciplines aligning with our current theme of Human Rights: Pasts and Futures. Areas of expertise include studies in art, performance and activism; critical human rights; disability; incarceration; Indigeneity; environmental justice; intersectional rhetorics; migrant and refugee rights; race and citizenship; and sexuality, among others.

In our final dialogue, panelists consider the political utility of human rights frameworks for addressing questions related to carceral systems, including the policing of space, citizenship, identities and difference. Panelists will address the explosion of the prison population in the United States and its link to the technologies of enslavement and also reflect upon the limits of carceral feminism and its turn to policing to resolve gender-based violence. Finally, panelists will consider the role of the arts and humanities in abolitionism and in imagining alternatives to carceral systems.


  • Dionne Custer Edwards (Director of Learning and Public Practice, Wexner Center for the Arts)
  • Annie Isabel Fukushima (Assistant Professor, Division of Ethnic Studies, University of Utah)
  • Tiyi Morris (Associate Professor, Department of African and African American Studies, Ohio State-Newark)
  • Elaine Richardson (Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Ohio State)
  • Mary Thomas (Associate Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State)


  • Jennifer Suchland (Associate Professor, Departments of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, Ohio State)


Women’s Week 2021

I have been honored to take on the role as committee chair for the University of Utah’s Women’s Week Committee. For the past ten years, this has emerged as an inspiring list of events that honors womxn, celebrates womxn, and recognizes the important work of womxn leaders. This year’s theme is entitled, “Inspiring a Movement” where we take queue from women leaders to imagine our own leadership roles within – that movements paving the way for societal change have been deeply inspired by womxn leading the way. I am a huge Amber Ruffin fan and was over the moon when she agreed to be our keynote. In addition to hearing from Ruffin, our week of events will include workshops on women who run, leadership workshops from health sciences, we will hear from women in office, and end the week with healing and moving the needle – literally and with visions for social change.


Human Rights: Fair Food at the Kitchen Table

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Friday, January 22, 2021 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Online Via Zoom

Event Type

Panel Discussion, Online



The agricultural industry has many historical ties to slave economies of the past including the demand for cheap labor and commodities. In fact, migrant farm work continues to be one of the most exploited labor sectors in the United States. Migrant labor has been essential for the agricultural industry in western states such as California and Oregon as well as the Mid-West and across the nation. This discussion will focus on the experiences of migrant farm workers to better understand how their working conditions and rights are central to combating human trafficking and ensuring a just food system. Experts will discuss the legacies of slave economies and immigration law on contemporary migrant farm workers’ rights as well as the ongoing farmworker civil rights movement to ensure their fair treatment. The discussion will also highlight the ongoing work of the Coalition for Immokalee Workers, an internationally recognized farmworker organization, and feature two anti-trafficking scholar-activists.  Participants will learn about how the struggle for fair wages, work safety, and the human rights of farm workers is central to combating unfreedom today.

The Coalition for Immokalee Workers is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in fighting human trafficking and gender-based violence at work.  The CIW is also recognized for pioneering the design and development of the Worker-driven Social Responsibility paradigm, a worker-led, market-enforced approach to the protection of human rights in corporate supply chains. Two CIW speakers will join the webinar, Uriel Zelaya-Perez and Silvia Perez.

Dr. Jennifer Suchland is a scholar-activist and associate professor at Ohio State University with over a decade of research and advocacy experience in human trafficking and critical human rights. Her expertise in legal and feminist studies focuses on the intersections between economic, gender, and racial justice. She currently is an ACLS/Mellon Foundation Scholars & Society fellow (2020-2021) at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center collaborating on a project entitled Abolition Today.

Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is a KoreXicana scholar-activist and assistant professor at the University of Utah with expertise is in labor, migration, and human trafficking. She has published widely on these topics including her recent award-winning book, Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. In addition to her extensive scholarship, she is a frequent community consultant on issues relating to human trafficking and migrant rights and is a member of the Freedom Network.

Registration is required:


American Sociological Association 2021 – Special Session

Missing and Murdered: Women of Color, Transgender, and Indigenous People
(Session Organizer) Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah; (Presider) Annie Isabel Fukushima,
University of Utah

This thematic session grapples with a social phenomenon of missing and murdered people – in particular, how state‐based violence coheres with gender‐based violence in what is referred to as feminicidio, femicide, feminicide and murder. This session will offer an analysis through state comparisons; in particular, the Mexican and Guatemalan state’s response to feminicidio with that of the U.S. and Canadian state’s response to femicide, to underscore the role of the state in responding to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. And in particular, what is known about death through the organizational responses, such as the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability. This session will also provide an intersectional analysis that reconciles the complexity of sex/gender/sexuality systems as they relate to gender‐based violence and murder, through the exemplar of the murder of transgender people in the United States. Panelists answer the following questions: What are the patterns and phenomena that a sociology of gender may facilitate to better understand gender‐based violence that leads people to be considered “missing” or “murdered”? How do states respond to missing and murdered people, and what are the role of social structures, specialized and traditional justice systems in facilitating (in)action? How may sociological engagement with systems and social movements, through the subject of missing and murdered people, deepen methodology and sociological inquiry? This panel brings together leading social scientists whose contributions bridge together sociology of the law, transnational feminist theory, legal studies, feminist anthropology, and intersectionality. The panelists work from various methodological and analytical approaches.

  • Missing from the count: Visualizing the invisible victim in fem[in]icide data, Myrna Dawson, University of Guelph
  • Intersectionality and Impunity: A comparative analysis of feminicidio in Mexico and the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, Paulina Garcia del Moral, University of Guelph
  • Guatemala and Mam indigenous refugee women, gender‐based violence and feminicidio, and access to justice in Guatemala and in U.S. immigration courts, Lynn Stephen, University of Oregon
  • Unequal Risk: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Murders of Transgender People, Laurel Westbrook, Grand Valley State University


Relationship Violence Toolkit for Educators

During #DVAM2020 the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium partnered with Fight Against Domestic Violence to create the “Relationship Violence Toolkit for Educators.” The toolkit is for educators, where content is organized to include suggestions for teaching from those new to the issues (101) to those more advanced in their knowledge (201 and 301).

The Gender-Based Violence Consortium at the University of Utah brings together an interdisciplinary team of scholars representing multiple colleges across campus. The consortium is an inter-professional collaboration, a campus scholarly network that embodies an academic commitment to sharing knowledge, supporting long-term collaborations through research hubs, creating programming, sharing teaching and responding to gender-based violence in Utah.

The mission of Fight Against Domestic Violence is to generate resources for domestic violence survivors and service providers through corporate, individual, and community partnerships.

Special acknowledgements to the authors and co-creators of the toolkit: Brooke Muir (Fight Against Domestic Violence), Heather Harris, Dr. Jessie Lynn Richards (University of Utah), Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima (University of Utah), and Diane Le Strain (University of Utah).

To receive updates about gender-based violence, learn more about how you may be involved, please contact Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima gbvc@utah.edu.

Title IX

Know Your IX

ACLU Title IX Fact Sheet

Summary of Title IX Final Rule

NVRDC Fact Sheet about new Title IX Regulations

Links for Title IX Coordinators & Reporting Procedures for students

University of Utah

Brigham Young University

Utah State University

Utah Valley University

Dixie State University

Salt Lake Community College

Snow College

Southern Utah University

Weber State

Westminster College

Issues students face:

  • Confidential v. nonconfidential resources
  • Roles of mandated reporters – students, faculty, staff
  • Student legal representation, particularly low-income survivors
  • Safety v. prevention initiatives
  • Re-traumatization


Professors’ Experiences With Student Disclosures of Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence: How “Helping” Students Can Inform Teaching Practices
Branch, Kathryn A ; Hayes-Smith, Rebecca ; Richards, Tara N
Feminist Criminology, 2011-01, Vol.6 (1), p.54-75

Survivors of Gendered Violence in the Feminist Classroom
Lee, Janet
Violence Against Women, 2008-12, Vol.14 (12), p.1451-146

Seeing Life in their Shoes: Fostering Empathy Toward Victims of Interpersonal Violence through Five Active Learning Activities
Clevenger, Shelly ; Navarro, Jordana N ; Gregory, Lydia K
Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2017-07-03, Vol.28 (3), p.393-410









How to Support

Utah’s Domestic Violence Coalition

YWCA of Utah

Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Rape Recovery Center Crisis Line 801-467-7273 

Love Is Respect

Campus Resources

Safe U

Advocacy/Mental Health

Contact a Victim Advocate advocate@sa.utah.edu

University Police 801-585-2677

Research and Publishing during Covid-19

Utah State University

Tuesday, November 10th

12:00 – 1:00 pm MST

Location: Zoom
Register: https://usu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6ssyCVgldSXSGhL

This discussion will explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on scholarly research and publishing. Travel restrictions, retracted funding, delayed or halted projects, and an increase in caretaker and other personal responsibilities at home compound to create unprecedented  challenges for producing and publishing research. Early indicators show women, those with significant unpaid care responsibilities, and members of minoritized groups have been disproportionately impacted. For graduate students and early career faculty who depend on research and publication for promotion and tenure, the stakes are especially high. Join our panelists for a conversation about the how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the research landscape.


  • Dr. Avery Edenfield, Assistant Professor, English, USU 
  • Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of Utah 
  • Becky Thoms, Head of Digital Initiatives, Merrill-Cazier Library, USU 
  • Dr. Elizabeth Vargis, Associate Professor, Biological Engineering, USU 

Questions? Contact Rachel Wishkoski, USU Libraries: rachel.wishkoski@usu.edu or (435) 797-5371


Title: Witnessing Gender-Based Violence Across Borders

Symposium: Sex, Gender, and Women’s Health Across the Lifespan, Virtual Symposium:
Presenter: Annie Fukushima, PhD, University of Utah
Date: 5/14/20
Brief Description: Discussing gendered violence across various types of borders
Keywords/Main Subjects: Borders, gender-based violence, domestic violence
Copyright: copyright Annie Fukushima ©2020
Contact: a.fukushima@utah.edu

Video Available: Migrant Crossings Book Launch Panel with AAADS and Eastwind Books

Eastwind Books of Berkeley and Co-sponsors UC Berkeley Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Asian Pacific American Students Development, University of California, Berkeley Event.

ZOOM Panel discussion about Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. by Annie Isabel Fukushima (Author) 

Guest panelists:

Cindy C. Liou, Esq. is the State Policy Director at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) working to provide legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States. 

Carolyn Kim is the Managing Attorney at Justice At Last and specializes in legal advocacy for survivors of all forms of human trafficking located in the Bay Area. 

Hediana Utarti is the Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator/Community Advocate at San Francisco Asian Women’s Shelter

For more information contact www.asiabookcenter.comeastwindbooks@gmail.com

Author Meets Readers with Annie Isabel Fukushima – October 28

Join me, the Tanner Humanities Center at University of Utah, and Transform with panelists Caren Frost, Sarita Gaytan, Erika George moderated by Edmund Fong. We will reflect on my book and celebrate that I received a book award from American Sociological Association section on Asia and Asian America.

October 28, 2020 @ 4PM PDT / 5PM MDT / 7PM EDT


WiHMS Webinar: Fighting Gender-Based Violence

October 7th 3PM PDT / 4PM MDT / 6PM EDT

As the Project Lead and Co-Principal Investigator, for the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium, I will be joined with Dr. Marta McCrum, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery to discuss “Fighting Gender-Based Violence.” We will share from our line of work and research the effects of gender-based violence and how to fight against it. Event hosts: Dr. Yoshimi Anzai and Dr. Leslie Halpern, Co-Directors of Women in Health, Medicine & Science.

This webinar is a part of WiHMS strategy to provide monthly events on topics that are critical to women in healthcare professions.

Registration is required: 


Decolonial Feminist Praxis: Centering knowledge & resistance at the margins Edited Anthology – Call for Submissions.


Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima & Dr. K. Melchor Hall, Editors Editors: Drs. Annie Isabel Fukushima and K. Melchor Hall

Knowledge production occurs in a range of institutional apparatuses: education, political, religion, legal, cultural, and media and communication based. Through these institutions, subjects are disciplined into citizens, where colonial logics of “us” versus “them” take hold. As global pandemic, environmental catastrophe, political oppression, ongoing state-based violence and uncertain futures occur, it is ever more pressing that communities cohere to share the modalities and visions that make possible insurgent knowledge and praxis. As foregrounded in the Feminist Freedom Warriors collaborative book (2018) and web archive (http://feministfreedomwarriors.org/) of Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Linda Carty, feminist scholars, organizers, and activists must “sustain radical struggles against neoliberal, transnational capital, carceral, national-security-driven nation-states, and the rise of racist, right-wing, authoritarian regimes in the United States and around the world.” Mohanty and Carty foreground “the urgency of a decolonial, anti-capitalist, anti-racist resistance,” that is “building coalitions and solidarity across struggles.” Mohanty and Carty (2018) highlight how feminist freedom warriors engage resist and build coalitions with an imaginative and courageous spirit. This anthology will be curated attention to this kind of a feminist praxis.

As Chandra Talpade Mohanty conveyed, emancipatory knowledge is “communally wrought.” And a genealogy of scholars and practitioners have shaped the way revolutionary thinking and methodologies have been thought, the relationship between colonization and the archive, and the radical possibility in transnational feminist organizing. We have learned from the Feminist Freedom Warriors that, “because communities struggle on the basis of ideas and visions of justice and equity, the intellectual and political work of knowledge production is always key to all forms of social movements and resistance.” As the Feminist Freedom Warriors paved a way to illuminate a genealogy of thinking and praxis, this call for proposals invites community organizers, activists, scholars who choose the life of the precariat, feminist scholar-activists disrupting and shifting the margin to the center, and anyone who seeks to imagine a decolonial future through insurgent knowledge creation, resistance, and decolonial praxis.

Drs. Annie Isabel Fukushima and K. Melchor Hall, editors of the anthology, are former fellows of the Democratizing Knowledge Summer Institute. Dr. Fukushima is a KoreXicana scholar-activist, author of award-winning book Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US, Co-Principal Investigator for the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium, and Co-Lead for the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects Migratory Times, a collaboration with the Center for Arts Design and Social Research. Dr. K. Melchor Quick Hall is the author of Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework: Writing in Darkness and host of the related transnational Black feminist online series of conversations with Black feminist artists and activists. Hall is a faculty member in the Human and Organizational Development programs at Fielding Graduate University’s School of Leadership Studies. She is also a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center and an instructor with Boston University’s Prison Education Program.

Drs. Annie Isabel Fukushima and K. Melchor Hall invite contributions of scholarly, creative, and visual works that share diverse modes of decolonial praxis. We invite contributors to consider the following themes:
● Activism and feminist transnational movements
● Anti-racist pedagogies, education of the commons
● Arts as resistance, arts and social change
● Communities and technologies of resistance
● Decolonized archives and historical forms of remembering
● Decolonizing food: from radical gardens to collective food-ways
● For the commons: Water, air, and the environment – knowledge and ancestors
● Responding to state violence through radical epistemologies

We invite single author, co-authored, collaborative, and collective works including but not limited to the following forms:
● Interview / dialogue
● Lexicon/vocabulary
● Manifestos
● Multimodal work
● Poetry/fiction
● Scholarly essay/article
● Testimonio

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are due September 1, 2020. Full manuscript submissions should not exceed 6,000 words, including notes and references. Format citations in Chicago style (Author date). Submit to: bit.ly/DecolonialFeministPraxis. Full submissions are due December 31, 2020. Critical to a decolonizing and feminist knowledge praxis is dialogue and collective sharing. Therefore, accepted submissions will be invited to participate in a virtual dialogue with the editors and Democratizing Knowledge Institute fellows and faculty during the month of March 2021. After receiving collective feedback, authors will be invited to submit a revised and final draft for publication June 1st, 2021.

Questions? Email: a.fukushima@utah.edu and kmhall@fielding.edu

2020 Award Recognition from ASA Section on Asia and Asian American

Today, please join me – I am receiving the American Sociological Association’s Section on Asia and Asian America 2020 Book Award on Asian America.

What an honor to be recognized by my colleagues. I hope other scholars who deeply think through race, gender, and violence will see the centrality of addressing such issues through interdisciplinary frames and methodologies. Solutions to real world social dilemmas means being inspired through a praxis of witnessing, and through an ethnic studies methodology of the bricoleur.

4:30PM PDT, August 8th @ the ASA AAA Business Meeting, Virtual Engagement Event

Registration for the Virtual Engagement Event is free for ASA members and $25 for non-members. If you registered for the in-person ASA Annual Meeting as a member, your registration fee has been refunded and your registration remains valid. https://www.asanet.org/annual-meeting-2020/registration

University of Utah GBVC covered in the Salt Lake Tribune

Thank you to Becky Jacobs and the Salt Lake Tribune for covering the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium. So appreciative of the coverage to raise visibility about the consortium. Not only is it informational, but Jacobs shares resources for survivors who may be reading content and experiencing violence. Raising awareness as one is raising consciousness.

Visit the link to read the full article.

University of Utah researchers team up to study gender-based violence in state

by Becky Jacobs


The role of technology

The role of technology in human trafficking and anti-trafficking by GAATW

This is a recording of the webinar titled “The role of technology in human trafficking and anti-trafficking” that GAATW organised on 8 June 2020. The speakers – scholars and advocates in the areas of human rights, migration, women’s rights, sex workers’ rights and human trafficking – discuss common myths and misconceptions about the role of technology in human trafficking and anti-trafficking. Their interventions are based on recent research published in the journal Anti-Trafficking Review. The materials discussed in the webinar can be found here: https://gaatw.org/ATR/AntiTraffickingReview_issue14.pdf

Jennifer Musto, Mitali Thakor and Borislav Gerasimov, ‘Editorial: Between Hope and Hype: Critical evaluations of technology’s role in anti-trafficking’,

Dr Sanja Milivojevic, Heather Moore and Marie Segrave, ‘Freeing the Modern Slaves, One Click at a Time: Theorising human trafficking, modern slavery, and technology’,

Stephanie A. Limoncelli, ‘There’s an App for That? Ethical consumption in the fight against trafficking for labour exploitation’,

Dr Laurie Berg, Bassina Farbenblum and Angela Kintominas, ‘Addressing Exploitation in Supply Chains: Is technology a game changer for worker voice?’,

Dr Annie Isabel Fukushima, ‘Witnessing in a Time of Homeland Futurities’,

Samantha Majic, ‘Same Same but Different? Gender, sex work, and respectability politics in the MyRedBook and Rentboy closures’,

Danielle Blunt and Ariel Wolf, ‘Erased: The impact of FOSTA-SESTA and the removal of Backpage on sex workers’,

Isabella Chen and Celeste Tortosa, ‘The Use of Digital Evidence in Human Trafficking Investigations’,

Kate Mogulescu and Leigh Goodmark, ‘Surveillance and Entanglement: How mandatory sex offender registration impacts criminalised survivors of human trafficking’,


By Leticia Alvarez GutiérrezAnnie Isabel Fukushima and Marie Sarita Gaytán

COVID-19 continues to take a disproportionate toll on Latinxs because many have low-paying jobs that require them to interact with the public as “essential workers.” Given their roles in critical industries, Latinxs and other people of color are dying of COVID-19 at higher rates in comparison to their white counterparts.[1] Latinxs face contradictions as “liminal” citizens navigating in-between statuses along an indispensable (essential) and dispensable (expendable) continuum. This is what Cecilia Menjívar (2006) describes as “liminal legality,” a method used by governments to keep immigrants’ legal status undetermined. Purposefully ambiguous, it is meant to create economic and legal precarity. Undocumented immigrants are especially impacted; the government hails them as “essential,” yet fails to provide adequate health coverage, denies access to federal relief programs, and refuses to halt deportations. Although Latinxs range in legal status, they bear the brunt of pandemic.[2] Additionally, 65% of Latinxs experienced pay cuts or layoffs since the onset of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.[3] Consequently, the effects of living in liminality are reverberating across Latinx families and communities. For Latinx educators, staff and students, questions loom about fall classes during the pandemic.

As the Latinx community continues to confront structural inequities present long before the COVID-19 outbreak (think: employment, health care, housing, safety, and immigration needs), what is the role of Latinx educators during pandemic? As Indigenous Latina/Purépecha/Chicana (Alvarez Gutiérrez), Asian-Latina / KoreXicana (Fukushima), Latina/Chilean/Irish (Gaytán) first-generation professors in the state of Utah, we view our role as essential educators. We are mindful of the stakes of being called on to work – in the classroom as educators – and the unease of teaching and learning while the global pandemic accelerates. [4]

Latinx Talk

Read the entire article by visiting Latinx Talk:


ZOOM Author and panel discussion Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.Annie Isabel Fukushima (Author)



Eastwind Books of Berkeley and Co-sponsors UC Berkeley Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Asian Pacific American Students Development, University of California, Berkeley present:

July 26, 2020 Sunday 3PM pst

ZOOM Author and panel discussion Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.Annie Isabel Fukushima (Author) 

Guest panelists:

Cindy C. Liou, Esq. is the State Policy Director at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) working to provide legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States. 

Carolyn Kim is the Managing Attorney at Justice At Last and specializes in legal advocacy for survivors of all forms of human trafficking located in the Bay Area. 

Hediana Utarti is the Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator/Community Advocate at San Francisco Asian Women’s Shelter

For more information contact www.asiabookcenter.comeastwindbooks@gmail.com


Free Ticket RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-launch-and-panel-migrant-crossings-tickets-111498525090


Migrant Crossings examines the experiences and representations of Asian and Latina/o migrants trafficked in the United States into informal economies and service industries. Through sociolegal and media analysis of court records, press releases, law enforcement campaigns, film representations, theatre performances, and the law, Annie Isabel Fukushima questions how we understand victimhood, criminality, citizenship, and legality.
Fukushima examines how migrants legally cross into visibility, through frames of citizenship, and narratives of victimhood. She explores the interdisciplinary framing of the role of the law and the legal system, the notion of “perfect victimhood”, and iconic victims, and how trafficking subjects are resurrected for contemporary movements as illustrated in visuals, discourse, court records, and policy. Migrant Crossings deeply interrogates what it means to bear witness to migration in these migratory times–and what such migrant crossings mean for subjects who experience violence during or after their crossing.

Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Division in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah. Her research covers issues of migration, violence, race, gender, and witnessing and her expertise is recognized across the U.S. Dr. Fukushima’s scholarly works appear in numerous peer-reviewed journals. She values praxis, having implemented community-based research projects and served as an expert witness on human trafficking for immigration, civil, andcriminal cases in multiple US states, including California. Publicity Material Migrant Crossings(Stanford University Press, 2019) 9781503609495Recipient of the American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian America’s Book Award on Asian Americaanniefukushima.comPublications


Eastwind Books of Berkeley
2066 University Avenue; Berkeley, CA 94704
phone: 510 548-2350 fax: 510 548-3697
www.asiabookcenter.com  email: eastwindbooks@gmail.com

Mapping gender-based violence

By Morgan Aguilar

A group of nine University of Utah researchers hopes to increase public recognition of gender-based violence (GBV) through the Gender-based Violence Consortium. The interdisciplinary team of scholars represents multiple colleges across campus who came together to apply for a seed research grant from the vice president of research and the One U for Utah (IU4U) grant. The IU4U initiative is designed to seed faculty collaborations in areas of mutual research interest and opportunity.

“It was very striking to me that many of us have been doing work around gender-based violence issues but we had never been in the same room together,” said Annie Isabel Fukushima, a professor of ethnic studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation and the project owner of the GBV Consortium. “The One U for U program helps create that infrastructure for us to collaborate.”

Read full length article here at this Source: Mapping gender-based violence

Food Matters: Trafficked Transnational Migrants’ Experiences and the Matrix of Food (In)Security

Annie Isabel Fukushima Journal of Human Rights Practice, huaa024, https://doi.org/10.1093/jhuman/huaa024

Published: 24 June 2020


This article traces a particular object, food, in the context of the human rights violation of human trafficking of transnational migrant labourers, to answer: how does food come to matter for transnational migrants who labour in the United States and experience abuse in the form of human trafficking? To answer the research question, this article employs a qualitative method—thematic analysis of human trafficking court complaints in the legal system (N¼133). Through scavenging legal complaints made by transnational migrant labourers in the United States between 2000 and 2017, the author provides a novel framework: a matrix of food (in)security. A matrix of food (in)security is a framework describes how food is socially, politically, and legally articulated in transnational migration: food as a weapon of abuse, food (in)security, and workers in a food chain.
Keywords: abuse; food chains; food insecurity; human trafficking; immigration; labour

Book Review of Migrant Crossings – in Humanity & Society

I want to share the review of Migrant Crossings. Deep appreciation to Dr. Ceron-Ananya at Leigh University. Some highlights of the review:

“Migrant Crossings offers an anti-racist, feminist, and decolonial analysis of the act of crossing borders, particularly concerning violence and human trafficking. In the current world, where the voices calling for higher walls and stricter policies against documented and undocumented migrants are on the rise, Migrant Crossings seeks to emphasize the colonial tropes that dominate most narratives about migration, even the good ones. The book uses multiple legal cases to demonstrate how gender, class, and racial dynamics profoundly informed the binary paradigms—that is, victim/ criminal, legal/illegal, and honorable/deviant—through which migration is understood in the United States and the West. The book invites the reader to develop new forms of seeing and witnessing the highly complex issues of migration and human trafficking” (pp. 237 – 238).

“Overall, the book draws from multiple theoretical traditions that will require scaffolding when assigning it to undergraduate students. The book, however, will be an appropriate reading for graduate courses on immigration, human rights, gender, women studies, global economy, ethnic studies, and criminology. For policymakers, it raises important considerations of how implicit theories and assumptions translate into discriminatory practices, even as we set out to liberate those we have identified as victims” (p. 239).

Ceron-Ananya, H. (2020). Book Review: Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US, Humanity & Society, 44(2), 237 – 239.

The Sociology of Human Rights and COVID-19.

Footnotes: A publication of American Sociological Association’s May/June 2020 special issue is a Special Issue: Sociologists and Sociology during COVID-19. My co-authored article, “The Sociology of Human Rights and COVID-19,” is included; this submission is co-authored with Joachim J. Savelsberg, an amazing human rights sociologist at University of Minnesota.

Four axioms show the effect of the COVID-19 situation on human rights and the relevance of the sociology of human rights in the current era. Each axiom is followed by U.S. (Fukushima) and global (Savelsberg) illustrations.


“World”-Making and “World”-Travelling with Decolonial Feminisms and Women of Color

Guest Editors’ Introduction by Wanda Alarcón, Dalida María Benfield, Annie Isabel Fukushima, and Marcelle Maese


Love has to be rethought, made anew.—María Lugones (1987)

We are in good company in our engagement with María Lugones. This special issue arrives soon after the 2019 anthology Speaking Face to Face: The Visionary Philosophy of María Lugones and anticipates more collections gathering various conversations and points of entry into her important decolonial feminist thought.1 We chose Lugones’s 1987 essay “Playfulness, ‘World’-Travelling, and Loving Perception” as the invitation to this conversation because of how it positions love as central to the project of coalition.2 We are so in need of both at the present moment. The importance of making political the loving relation between women of color also echoes Lugones’s early 1983 conversation with Elizabeth Spelman about feminist coalition, “Have We Got a Theory for You! Feminist Theory, Cultural Imperialism, and the Demand for ‘the Woman’s’ Voice.”3 In this innovative essay, Lugones and Spelman write in different voices and in Spanish and English, retaining the textures of their differences, to arrive at a sense of solidarity, even when as they write “[they] could not say we.”4 Lugones and Spelman appeal for a theory-making process in which theory or an account is helpful if among other qualities, “it enables one to see how parts of one’s life fit together”; it allows one to “locate oneself concretely in the world”; and “there is reason to believe that knowing what a theory means and believing it to be true have some connection to resistance and change.”5 Theory and coalition are helpful if they not only comprehend worlds but also remake them. They also affirm friendship, not reducible to sameness nor alienated by differences, as the only viable motive for white or Anglo women to make theory with women of color. As Lugones states: “The [End Page x] only motive that makes sense to me for your joining us in this investigation is the motive of friendship, out of friendship.”6 Without these frameworks of theory, coalition, and friendship, it is difficult if not impossible, to see the politics and the practices of radical women of color writing.

We also structured our call for this special issue with language invoking another movement in Lugones’s writing, “Toward a Decolonial Feminism,” with a desire to think about the concepts of women of color and decolonial feminisms in complex interrelation.7 We take the opportunity here to amplify Lugones’s contribution to decolonial theory. Using the framework of coloniality and decoloniality elaborated by Anibal Quijano and Michael Ennis8 and many other scholars, activists, and artists, Lugones’s critical engagement with the shifting contours of women of color, the coloniality of power and gender, and decolonial feminisms produces new proposals for resistance. In “Hetero-sexualism and the Colonial/Modern Gender System,” Lugones analyzes the colonial/modern gender system and its imposition of the gender binary and heterosexualism.9 This analysis creates a new field for praxical coalition and reconstructing non-binary subjectivities outside the colonial matrix of power. Lugones also interrogates origin stories and the times and places of our pasts and futures, including a recognition of Indigenous thought and practices that persist in their resistance to coloniality. In tandem, let us also consider as a consequence, Lugones’s different way of thinking of the term “women of color” as one that expands our understanding to include women who are not “backed by a collective memory” of belonging to a legible diaspora within the United States.10 Through this deepening of women of color as a coalitional term, Lugones echoes her earlier appeal to enact what she conceives of as “world”-travelling.

“World”-travelling must not be forgotten in a praxis of decolonial feminisms. It encourages us to drop our enchantment with naturalized ideas about community and offers a pedagogy for learning “an ethics of coalitionin-the making.”11 In “Playfulness, ‘World’-Travelling, and Loving Perception,” Lugones’s loving solution to arrogant perception is accompanied with an exploration…

Visit: https://frontiers.utah.edu/


Your Lips: Mapping Afro-Boricua Feminist Becomings
Yomaira C. Figueroa

Decolonial Feminism as Reflexive Praxis: Lugones’s “World”-Travelling as Stories of Friendship in Academia
Jesica Siham FernándezKara HisatakeAngela Nguyen

A Decolonial Feminist Epistemology of the Bed: A Compendium Incomplete of Sick and Disabled Queer Brown Femme Bodies of Knowledge
Tala KhanmalekHeidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes

I Love You
Tamara Al-Mashouk

Zapateado Rebelde in “Somos Sur”: A Feminist Performance of Transnational Women of Color Border Artivism
Leslie Quintanilla

On Digital Decolonization: A Conversation with Morehshin Allahyari
Abdullah QureshiMorehshin Allahyari

“World”-Travelling and Transnational Feminist Praxis in Women Who Blow on Knots
Şule Akdoğan

Tantear Practices in Popular Education: Reaching for Each Other in the Dark
Linnea Beckett

Lugones, Munóz, and the Radical Potential of (Dis)identificatory Feminist Love for “World”-Making Beyond the Academe
Andrea N. Baldwin

“Pedagogies of the Broken-Hearted”: Notes on a Pedagogy of Breakage, Women of Color Feminist Decolonial Movidas, and Armed Love in the Classroom/Academy
Anne (Anna) Ríos-Rojas

Decolonizing Identity in Performance: Claiming My Mother Tongue in Suppression of Absence
Serap Erincin

“World”-Travelling the Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Papers: Zooming the Cracks between Worlds
C. Alejandra Elenes

Artist Statement: The Electrics
Linda Vallejo

Migrant Crossings Receives ASA Book Award on Asian America

It is such an honor to announce that my book Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. has been selected to receive the American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian America’s Book Award on Asian America.

There are so many people to thank including my press and the people who birthed the project, the Ethnic Studies Division at the University of Utah, and many, many friends and family who support my work. I also want to appreciate the award committee: Drs. Emily Walton (chair), Sebastian Cherng, and Helene K. Lee;

A virtual award ceremony will be held during the AAA business meeting on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 4:30-5:10 pm (Pacific Time) as scheduled in the ASA program. Please join us to celebrate the recipients for their achievements. 
Topic: ASA AAA Business Meeting
Time: Aug 8, 2020 04:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Webinar – The Role of Technology in Human Trafficking and Anti-Trafficking

8 June at 8am PDT / 3 pm UTC. See more and sign up here https://bit.ly/2LBrmKW


Sex, Gender and Women’s Health Across the Lifespan – Virtual Symposium, May 14, 2020

We are excited to be holding our first VIRTUAL Symposium on May 14 from 1-5pm: Sex, Gender and Women’s Health Across the Lifespan.  It is brought to you by the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the Eccles Health Sciences Library.  

Peak at the schedule:

1:00-1:15pm: Welcome and Announcements

1:15-1:45pm: The Status of Women in Utah: Education, Leadership and Well-Being

Susan Madsen, PhD: Professor of Leadership & Ethics, Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University

1:45-2:30pm: K12 Scholar Presentations: WRHR (Womens’s Reproductive Health Research) and BIRCWH(Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health)

Nathan Blue, MD: Exploring Genetic Variation in Normal and Diseased Human Placentas

Marcela Smid,MD: Progesterone, Post-partum Women & Preventing Methamphetamine Use: Applying Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s Favorite Medicine to Perinatal Substance Abuse

Leah Owen, MD: Modeling Protection through Preeclampsia

Laura Pace, MD, PhD: The Role of Gender in the Diagnosis & Treatment of Complex Disorders

2:35-3:05pm: New Thinking on Sex, Gender, Transgender and Non-Binary Identities

Lisa Diamond, PhD: Professor, Gender Studies & Psychology, University of Utah

3:05-3:25pm: Data Blitz – presentations TBA

3:30-4:00pm: Witnessing Gender-Based Violence Across Borders:

Annie I. Fukushima, PhD: School of Cultural & Social Transformation, Div. of Ethnic Studies University of Utah

4:00-5:00pm: OB/GYN Grand Rounds Presentation:

Evidence-Based Clinical Care for Midlife Women: What do Research and Clinical Guidelines Tell Us?

Marjorie R Jenkins, MD MEdHP FACP: Dean, UofSC School of Medicine Greenville, Chief Academic Officer, Prisma Health Upstate

There is a link on the attachment, or you can REGISTER HERE

Please share this with your colleagues and students. Everyone is welcome.

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Call for papers: Anti-Trafficking Education: Pedagogy, Policy, and Activism




Anti-Trafficking Education: Pedagogy, Policy, and Activism

Guest Editors: Annie Isabel Fukushima, Annie Hill, and Jennifer Suchland

Deadline for submissions: 15 November 2020

Teaching and learning about trafficking far exceed the boundaries of the traditional student and classroom. Students range from novice to expert across various professions and industries as well as survivors of, and witnesses to, trafficking. From short-form workshops to long-term engagements, anti-trafficking education is a growing field that impacts multiple sectors, including the medical profession, social work, hospitality, travel, and law enforcement. In response to the proliferation of anti-trafficking education, this special issue of Anti-Trafficking Review will endeavour to assess, understand, and share pedagogical approaches and practices within the anti-trafficking movement.

Although anti-trafficking education is often localised, it has global and transnational implications. Educational offerings aim to cultivate a breadth of skills from identifying trafficking situations to training and supporting survivors, with impacts that not only affect practices and policies but also create knowledge about what constitutes trafficking. Programmes for survivors may be optional or mandatory and include vocational, language, or financial literacy classes. Anti-trafficking education is also institutionalised by local and national governments, and it appears in college classrooms, MOOCs (massive open online courses), and even, in some contexts, as part of legislated local responses to trafficking.

In addition to facilitating teaching and learning that prioritises trafficking interventions and survivor support, some educational strategies try to prevent human trafficking. As such, anti-trafficking education targets groups deemed at risk, particularly young people and potential migrants. For example, pre-departure trainings in Asia and Africa reveal how such interventions have grown from a public awareness focus to actualising efforts that prevent trafficking at its ‘source’.

This special issue of Anti-Trafficking Review invites scholars, activists, practitioners, survivors, and others involved in anti-trafficking education to evaluate and share how they disseminate knowledge about trafficking. In addition to generating much-needed assessments of anti-trafficking pedagogical practices, the special issue will consider how anti-trafficking education is a growing field where facts, truths, lessons, and approved interventions become established. This established (yet contested) knowledge circulates and competes for audiences and funding. Moreover, social justice projects – such as those advocating for the rights of migrants, workers, and incarcerated survivors of domestic and sexual violence, or demanding justice for murdered and missing Indigenous women – challenge racialised, gendered, colonial, and economic violence. Yet, there are tensions about whether and how anti-trafficking education diverts attention and resources away from these longstanding efforts.

We invite submissions that analyse anti-trafficking education in a variety of contexts and from diverse perspectives, as well as contributions that assess instructional materials, use or propose innovative pedagogies, and/or advocate for coalitional practices that teach about trafficking from an intersectional and cross-issue framework.

Contributors are invited to engage with, but need not limit themselves to, the following questions:

  • What are the promising practices for educating anti-trafficking stakeholders (e.g., social service and healthcare providers, lawyers, activists, community-based organisation workers, etc.) and the people deemed vulnerable to trafficking, such as migrants and youth? What obstacles, assumptions, and side effects exist, and are they addressed by instructors and instructional materials? How are instructors trained and supported to deliver educational materials on trafficking?
  • How do indigeneity, race, class, gender, nationality, and/or sexuality impact pedagogical approaches, practices, and student-instructor dynamics? Have western perspectives on human trafficking furthered imperial forms of knowing? What types of education are modelling practices that centralise indigenous and alternative ways of knowing, skill sharing, and disseminating information about human trafficking?
  • How has the development of survivor-led outreach and educational programming altered teaching and trainings on human trafficking?
  • What is the current landscape of online instruction on human trafficking? What opportunities and consequences arise when teaching in online contexts rather than in person? Additionally, what results from the proliferation of online and in-person pedagogical platforms as tools in anti-trafficking agendas?
  • What might we learn by analysing the various constituencies that are drawn to, or required to, become informed on the topic?
  • What are the goals and results of trafficking education for scholars, activists, practitioners, students, and people affected by trafficking and anti-trafficking agendas? How are goals and results measured, and how might negative effects (e.g., misinformation, re-traumatisation, misguided interventions) be mitigated against when planning and implementing educational materials and experiences?
  • How can anti-trafficking pedagogical practices connect to and reinforce longstanding social justice initiatives, such as those advocating for the rights of migrants, workers, incarcerated survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and indigenous and native sovereignty? How are trainers and educators creating and advancing anti-trafficking curricula and content in coalition with affinity movements (e.g., immigration, anti-racist, feminist, labour, etc.)? How can such education connect social justice work with other critical anti-trafficking approaches?

Deadline for submissions: 15 November 2020.

Word count for full article submissions: 5,000 – 7,000 words, including footnotes, author bio and abstract.

In addition to full-length conceptual, research-based, or case study thematic papers, we invite authors to contribute short pieces for a Forum Section on the topic of trafficking and education. We particularly encourage practitioners with diverse expertise in trafficking education to reflect on their experiences, teaching strategies, curriculum design, and/or target audiences in order to provide practical examples and advice for others in the field of trafficking education. We envision contributors potentially offering sample exercises, syllabi, or education materials as well as exploring the challenges and benefits involved in educating different groups about trafficking. 

Word count for Forum submissions: 1,000 – 1,200 words, including footnotes and author bio.

We advise those interested in submitting to follow the Review’s style guide and submission procedures, available at http://www.antitraffickingreview.org/. Manuscripts should be submitted in line with the issue’s theme. Email the editorial team at atr@gaatw.org with any queries.

Special Issue to be published in September 2021.

Multiplicity of stigma: cultural barriers in anti-trafficking response


Annie Isabel Fukushima, Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons, Lindsay Gezinski, Lauren Clark



The purpose of this study is to contribute to the social understanding of stigma as a societal and cultural barrier in the life of a survivor of human trafficking. The findings illustrate several ways where stigma is internal, interpersonal and societal and impacts survivors’ lives, including the care they receive.


This study used qualitative methods. Data collection occurred during 2018 with efforts such as an online survey (n = 45), focus groups (two focus groups of seven participants each) and phone interviews (n = 6). This study used thematic analysis of qualitative data.


The research team found that a multiplicity of stigma occurred for the survivors of human trafficking, where stigma occurred across three levels from micro to meso to macro contexts. Using interpretive analysis, the researchers conceptualized how stigma is not singular; rather, it comprises the following: bias in access to care; barriers of shaming, shunning and othering; misidentification and mislabeling; multiple levels of furthering how survivors are deeply misunderstood and a culture of mistrust.

Research limitations/implications

While this study was conducted in a single US city, it provides an opportunity to create dialogue and appeal for more research that will contend with a lens of seeing a multiplicity of stigma regardless of the political climate of the context. It was a challenge to recruit survivors to participate in the study. However, survivor voices are present in this study and the impetus of the study’s focus was informed by survivors themselves. Finally, this study is informed by the perspectives of researchers who are not survivors; moreover, collaborating with survivor researchers at the local level was impossible because there were no known survivor researchers available to the team.

Practical implications

There are clinical responses to the narratives of stigma that impact survivors’ lives, but anti-trafficking response must move beyond individualized expectations to include macro responses that diminish multiple stigmas. The multiplicity in stigmas has meant that, in practice, survivors are invisible at all levels of response from micro, meso to macro contexts. Therefore, this study offers recommendations for how anti-trafficking responders may move beyond a culture of stigma towards a response that addresses how stigma occurs in micro, meso and macro contexts.

Social implications

The social implications of examining stigma as a multiplicity is central to addressing how stigma continues to be an unresolved issue in anti-trafficking response. Advancing the dynamic needs of survivors both in policy and practice necessitates responding to the multiple and overlapping forms of stigma they face in enduring and exiting exploitative conditions, accessing services and integrating back into the community.


This study offers original analysis of how stigma manifested for the survivors of human trafficking. Building on this dynamic genealogy of scholarship on stigma, this study offers a theory to conceptualize how survivors of human trafficking experience stigma: a multiplicity of stigma. A multiplicity of stigma extends existing research on stigma and human trafficking as occurring across three levels from micro, meso to macro contexts and creating a system of oppression. Stigma cannot be reduced to a singular form; therefore, this study argues that survivors cannot be understood as experiencing a singular form of stigma.



The researchers would like to acknowledge the funds received from the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, Dr Jennifer Seelig, the Salt Lake City Council and the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, which supported a city-wide needs assessment. The findings and recommendations presented in this article are those of the authors and do not represent the official positions or policies of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, the Salt Lake City Council or the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Offices. The authors would also like to thank the Social Research Institute of the College of Social Work at University of Utah and graduate assistance from Allison O’Connor, MSW, LCSW and Lyndsi Drysdale. Additionally, the authors are grateful to the guest editor Dr Sarbinaz Bekmuratova, the anonymous reviewers and the editorial team at the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare.


Fukushima, A.I.Gonzalez-Pons, K.Gezinski, L. and Clark, L. (2020), “Multiplicity of stigma: cultural barriers in anti-trafficking response”, International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-07-2019-

Mobility & Temporality – May the 4th with Migratory Times

May 4th, 10AM PDT / 1PM EDT / 7PM CEST


You are invited to a Salon on Mobility & Temporality with Migratory Times. Migratory Times is a project of the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects and Center for Arts, Design and Social Research. IiS is a transnational feminist collective producing art and education events and a collectively edited online open access journal of art and writing. Center for Arts, Design and Social Research, Inc., US based non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting independent arts, design, and research focused on positive social impact, globally.

With Crystal Baik (University of California, Riverside), Anyely Marin and Rebecca Close (Critical Dias, Spain), José Manuel Cortez (University of Oregon), Romeo García (University of Utah), Latipa (University of California, Riverside), Jackline Kemigisa (Uganda), Isabelle Massu (Institut des Beaux Arts de Besançon, France), Alejandro Perez (Berkeley City College), Jennifer Reimer (FWF Lise Meitner), Daphne Taylor-Garcia (University of California, San Diego).

Facilitators: Annie Isabel Fukushima & Dalida Maria Benfield (Migratory Times)

Mentees presenting at Undergraduate Research Symposium at University of Utah

Check out some of my mentees presenting their projects at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. #proudprofessor.







“Witnessing in a Time of Homeland Futurities”

Download article: https://www.academia.edu/42871374/Witnessing_in_a_Time_of_Homeland_Futurities


Annie Isabel Fukushima from the University of Utah speaks about her article “Witnessing in a Time of Homeland Futurities”, due to be published on 27 April. “Current US rhetorical strategies of imagining a future of the homeland have led to the creation and utilisation of new technologies to contain and manage the border. These responses to the US border and immigration impact anti-trafficking efforts, sustaining a ‘homeland futurity’. Homeland futurity draws on and extends discourses of emergency that solidify borders as dangerous and risky. This article traces how homeland futurities emerged in US anti-trafficking efforts. Drawing upon interviews and focus group discussions with service providers and survivors of violence in San Francisco, the article demonstrates how migrant labourers are impacted by a discourse of threat and containment of the border. However, migrant labourers and their allies are innovating to secure a life that mitigates risk through migrant labourers’ use of technology. This article illustrates through the example of Contratados.org how technology may facilitate opportunities of future visioning by migrant labourers beyond a homeland futurity, to enact practices that bring to the centre migrants and their experiences through social networking and information sharing on job prospects.”

Publication of Issue 14 of Anti-Trafficking Review, ‘Technology, Anti-Trafficking, and Speculative Futures’

Guest Editors: Jennifer Musto and Mitali Thakor Editor: Borislav Gerasimov 

Over the past decade, scholars, activists, and policymakers have repeatedly called for an examination of the role of technology as a contributing force to human trafficking and exploitation. Attention has focused on a range of issues – from adult services websites and the use of social media to recruit victims to the utilisation of data analytics software to understand trafficking and identify ‘hotspots of risk’. At the same time, technology has also been positioned as a disruptor of human trafficking that can be reworked and transformed ‘from a liability into an asset’. Yet, critical anti-trafficking scholars have cautioned that claims about the relationship between technology and trafficking rely on limited data and a number of assumptions.
The new issue of Anti-Trafficking Review explores these assumptions and the currently available technological tools that purport to address trafficking and exploitation. An article by Sanja Milivojevic, Heather Moore, and Marie Segrave traces the discourse surrounding technology and (anti-)trafficking since the early 2000s and outlines four common myths on which it is built. The authors call for more evidence but also more attention to issues such as fair labour migration regimes and decent work. Three articles – by Stephanie Limoncelli; Laurie Berg, Bassina Farbenblum, and Angela Kintominas; and Annie Isabel Fukushima – analyse various apps developed with the goal of combating exploitation. They show that many of these apps have limited, if any, benefit for trafficked persons or at-risk groups, while largely reinforcing neoliberal economic ideologies about the limited role of governments in regulating businesses. Such apps can only be useful when they are developed by, for, and with the people meant to use them, as Fukushima’s article demonstrates. Another three articles focus on the practice of shutting down websites hosting sex work ads as a way to reduce trafficking in the sex industry. Samantha Majic compares the public reactions to the shutting down of MyRedbook and Rentboy – sites used by, respectively, female and gay male sex workers. She urges the LGBT movement to overcome its ‘respectability politics’ and show greater solidarity with the sex worker rights movement. Erin Tichenor’s article documents the impact of the shutting down of Backpage on sex workers in New Zealand, while Danielle Blunt and Ariel Wolf examine the impact of the same in the United States. Both articles demonstrate how closing sex work ads sites has negative economic and emotional consequences for sex workers. Writing from the perspective of an NGO providing direct assistance to trafficked persons, Isabella Chen and Celeste Tortosa reflect on the use of digital evidence in human trafficking investigations and prosecutions. In the final article, Kate Mogulescu and Leigh Goodmark show what happens to survivors of human trafficking who are prosecuted as traffickers and placed on sex offender registries in the United States. 
Taken together, the articles in this Special Issue converge around one central point: the factors that enable and sustain human trafficking and exploitation are complex and require political will – not tech solutionist fixes. Anti-traffickers’ obsession with technological ‘solutions’ draws attention and resources away from issues such as decent work, gender, economic and racial justice, the free movement of people, and quality public services. In the current COVID-19 pandemic it is more urgent than ever to re-focus on these larger socio-economic and political issues.


For all contributions:

What’s the Mission? Discursive Power and Human Rights–Based Language in Anti-Trafficking Organizations

Published March 21, 2020


Journal of Human Rights and Social Work (2020)


One of the ways individuals or groups in power preserve their power is through the vehicle of language. As such, the message that an organization sends regarding its mission, vision, values, and or goals is just as important as the actual services with which it provides. Nowhere is this truer than within the realm of anti-trafficking service provision. Through content analysis of the mission, goal, vision, and value statements of 162 organizations who are funded to combat human trafficking, the research team examined how organization statements articulate a human rights–based approach. The study findings were that organizations who further the primacy of rights did it in four distinct ways: advocating for human rights seeing human rights as something survivors lack empowering survivors and viewing survivors as rights-holders. However, overall, there is still an under-utilization of human rights as a framework.

McGill University – “Witnessing Migrant Futurities,” a talk by Annie Fukushima – March 11 at 3PM

Peel 3487 Seminar Room, 3487 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W7, CA

Technology and migration in global processes have created the opportunities for imagining social life. A homeland futurity encompasses the critical analysis of the contemporary world and possibilities in a future, with a particular emphasis on such imaginings as determined by nation-states. Current US rhetorical strategies of imagining a future of their homeland have propagated ‘discourses of emergency’ which are part of a ‘risk management program designed to extract profit from projections of an ever-susceptible border.’ This presentation will grapple with homeland futurity in anti-trafficking discourse and practice. Fukushima examines multiple sites –policies, campaigns, media, qualitative data, and websites–to trace how homeland futurities emerge in US anti-trafficking efforts. Fukushima’s presentation illuminates how migrant laborers are impacted by a discourse of threat and containment regarding the border. However, migrant laborers and collaborators are innovating to enact migrant futures. Therefore, this presentation illustrates through the example of Contratados.org how technology in the anti-trafficking movement may facilitate opportunities of future visioning by migrant laborers beyond a homeland futurity, to enact a migrant futurity.

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Additionally, I will also be facilitating a workshop on race, gender, and difference in research.

Navigating Research, Race, Gender & Difference – February 24th

Presented by Annie Fukushima in Sill 120

11:30 – 12:30

Navigating Research, Race, Gender & Difference” will discuss how race, gender, and difference matters in research, working with professors/mentors, and in the dissemination of one’s research. Students will discuss a range of concepts regarding standpoints, racism, and oppression, and how such terms manifest when conducting research, collaborating with mentors, and in the dissemination of research. This workshop seeks to provide a platform for students to openly talk about conducting research while navigating difference.

About Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima: Dr. Fukushima is an Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Division at the University of Utah. She is the author of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S.


“Provides an excellent set of groundwork to understanding positionality’s impact on epistemology in a research setting.”

“It helps open your eyes to phenomena you might not experience. It helps you think more critically when performing research to give every group to respect they deserve.”

“She didn’t suggest we could immediately fix the problem of racial and gender bias today, but acknowledged specific actions we can take to recognize racial and gender bias in our research and address it.”


Fukushima to speak on migration, violence and victimhood – University of Oregon, Race, Ethnicities, and Inequalities Colloquium, presented by the Center for the Study of Women in Society


 Thursday, February 13 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

 Knight Library, Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR

University of Oregon welcomes Annie Isabel Fukushima on campus to talk on “Witnessing Violence in These Migratory Times.”

Fukushima is an assistant professor in the Ethnic Studies Division of the School for Cultural & Social Transformation at University of Utah. Prior to joining the faculty in Utah, she earned her PhD in Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at University of California, Berkeley and was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University (2013–2015).

She is the author of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US (Stanford University Press, 2019). The book examines the experiences and representations of Asian and Latina/o migrants trafficked in the United States into informal economies and service industries. Through sociolegal and media analysis of court records, press releases, law enforcement campaigns, film representations, theatre performances, and the law, Fukushima questions how we understand victimhood, criminality, citizenship, and legality. At issue is how migrants legally cross into visibility, through frames of citizenship, and narratives of victimhood. She explores the interdisciplinary framing of the role of the law and the legal system, the notion of “perfect victimhood”, and iconic victims, and how trafficking subjects are resurrected for contemporary movements as illustrated in visuals, discourse, court records, and policy. Migrant Crossings deeply interrogates what it means to bear witness to migration in these migratory times—and what such migrant crossings mean for subjects who experience violence during or after their crossing.

Fukushima’s lecture is part of a series of talks in the Race, Ethnicities, and Inequalities Colloquium, presented by the Center for the Study of Women in Society. For more information on upcoming CSWS events, go to csws.uoregon.edu/2019-20-events/.

Photos by Jack Liu, courtesy of CSWS at University of Oregon.

A Survey of Child Welfare and Labor Trafficking in California: A White Paper

Download the full White Paper:

The purpose of this study is to better understand how the welfare system is currently identifying children (under 18-years-old) who experience being labor trafficked for commercial labor – work beyond sexual economies. This study is a survey of individuals working in California, where 186 participants were invited to respond to a questionnaire between September 23, 2019 and November 30, 2019. The majority of those who responded to the survey worked in the child welfare system. This study reveals, child welfare workers, probation officers / juvenile justice system workers, and non-governmental organizations are working with children who have been labor trafficked. What was discovered after conducting a survey: 25% of the participants confirmed working with children who were labor trafficked, 25% did not know if they had worked with children who were labor trafficked, and 50% were providing services to or supporting children who work for pay. Children were informally identified as working in a range of industries including agriculture / farm work, construction, forced commercial sexual economies, forced drug sales, forced human smuggling, forced theft/stealing, housekeeping/domestic work, janitorial, massage parlor/massage, nail/hair salon, pan handling/begging, restaurant work, retail, and other. Based on these preliminary findings, this study recommends the following next steps:

  1. There is an immediate need to develop protocols and train child welfare workers on child labor trafficking, similarly to how such professionals are being trained on child sex trafficking.      
  2. There is a need to deepen an understanding of child welfare and juvenile justice system’s responses to child labor and sex trafficking through research; in particular on evidence-based research that may determine promising practices for prevention and early identification of all forms of human trafficking affecting children.
  3. It is recommended that California State Agencies and local organizations broaden their awareness raising efforts to encompass education on children’s experience with work and the continuum of labor violations and trafficking.
  4. Prevention of child labor trafficking is much needed, therefore, more data on children who experience labor exploitation on the continuum of labor violation and trafficking is needed. Statewide data collection systems have been designed to capture prevalence of child sexual exploitation, however, less understood is the range of labor violations, recruitment and industries children may be experiencing commercial exploitation. 

Honoring Human Trafficking Awareness Day – Teaching about Human Trafficking Fall 2019

To honor human trafficking awareness day, I would like to share content created by students at the University of Utah.

SW 6621 / SW 5830 at University of Utah
Semester: Fall 2019

University of Utah
An Online Course
Professor Annie Isabel Fukushima

This course was an upper division undergraduate and graduate online human trafficking elective course designed to introduce students to contemporary human trafficking, both domestically and globally. Students learned about important terminology and types of trafficking, indicators of and contributors to this issue, and policy debates regarding appropriate intervention. They grappled with theories and debates on human trafficking, labor exploitation, sexual economies, child abuse, immigration, intersecting forms of violence and poly-victimization, trauma, culture, legal systems, media representations, prevention, and a range of modalities to respond to trafficking and violence from micro to macro contexts.

As students learned about human trafficking, discussed with each other the content, watched videos, and read content, through their regular engagement with course content, it was an honor to be part of their journey in shifting in understanding and knowledge on complex issues. Even as we connected on the web, students connected to each other through their words, and for some, eventually, through image and sound.

This web publication of student created content is dedicated to remembering those who survived, lived through, continue to survive, passed on, and are dying from forms of violence such as human trafficking.

Students in the online course created a range of content – video, podcasts, scholarly writing, addressing issues regarding a twenty-first century concern: human trafficking. The content created by students do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Fukushima.

About the professor: Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is an Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies division at University of Utah. Dr. Fukushima is author of the book Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US (Stanford University Press, 2019). She has authored multiple scholarly and public works on issues of violence, race, gender, and immigration. And has served as an expert witness on human trafficking for a range of courts in California, Colorado, Utah, and Washington.



Scholarly Papers

Select few scholarly papers written by graduate students at University of Utah. Do not recirculate, reproduce, or cite without the author’s expressed permission.

Has Someone taken your passport? Everyday Surveillance of the Migrant Laborer as Trafficked Subject

Project MUSE – Biography-Volume 42, Number 3, 2019muse.jhu.edu

My article in this collection is entitled, “Has Someone taken your passport? Everyday Surveillance of the Migrant Laborer as Trafficked Subject” is now available.

This article examines the role of the missing passport in human rights discourse about migrants who experience violence in the form of human trafficking. Fukushima argues that the passport and mechanisms of documentation that emerge in human trafficking survivor accounts are central to legal and social appeals for recognition. Through a scavenger methodology, the essay analyzes the “missing passport” in campaign materials, a survivor memoir (Shyima Hall), and court testimonies in U.S. v. Kil Soo LeeRana v. IslamLipenga v. KambalameGurung v. MalhotraU.S. v. Firas Majeed et al., and U.S. v. Wood. Ultimately, Fukushima explores how the question “has someone taken your passport?” discursively and socially compels the everyday person to participate in surveillance, thus witnessing transnational migrant laborers through the racializing and policing logics of biographic mediation that justify neighborly suspicion.

This article is one of many wonderful contributions in Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly (Vol. 42, no. 3). It is in a special issue, Biographic Mediation: On the Issues of Personal Disclosure in Bureaucracy and Politics edited by Ebony Coletu. Contributors include: Michelle Jones, Sara Ahmed, Aly Wane, Cristina Plamadeala, Mercy Romero, Leigh Gilmore, Rhondda Robinson Thomas, Amita Swadhin, Kimberly McKee, Aimee Morrison, and yours truly. 

I hope you will teach it and any other articles in this special issue, read it, cite it.


American Studies Association: panel sponsored by the Graduate Education Committee

Fri, November 8, 4:00 to 5:45pm, Hawai’i Convention Center, Mtg Rm 322 B

If you are on the job market and will be at American Studies Association – attend this session!

Graduate Education Committee: Strategies for Survival and Success in the Academic Job Market (co-sponsored by the Students’ Committee)

This session will provide graduate students and those on the job market with strategies for best positioning themselves for careers in disciplinary and interdisciplinary departments. The session will deploy a hybrid format, merging an interactive workshop and a roundtable discussion. During the first 30 minutes of the session, panelists will work in small groups with session attendees to evaluate sample job materials (e.g. CVs, cover letters, and relevant statements). Samples will be provided, but session attendees may also bring their own materials. The remainder of the session will be a roundtable discussion with healthy question and answer session. The moderator will prepare a list of questions and distribute them ahead of time. Questions may include:
• How does one make their interdisciplinary work legible to disciplinary academic departments?
• When should graduate students begin publishing?
• How many publications does one typically need to appear marketable to your institution?
• How much should one focus on teaching different courses in diverse formats (i.e. online, hybrid, face-to-face) while in graduate school?
• What makes a cover letter, teaching philosophy, or diversity statement stand out?
• Are there advantages/disadvantages to being on the job market ABD?
• What are some DOs and DON’Ts of cover letters and interviews?

The panelists for this session come from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds (e.g. American Studies, English, Anthropology, and Ethnic Studies). Moreover, they have experience at a range of institutions, from SLACs to research universities and are at different stages of their careers.

Chair: Lee Bebout, Arizona State University, Tempe


Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah

Ben Chappell, University of Kansas

Adriana Estill, Carlton College

Arthur Banton, Tennessee Technological University

Book Launch Party – Celebrating the Waiwai (Wealth) of Hawaii

Are you going to be at ASA in Honolulu? Please come join me and some amazing folks as we celebrate our books. I am so honored to be a part of this launch featuring a wealth of knowledge producers whose work and scholarly activism are shifting paradigms.

Maile Arvin, Possessing Polynesians
Kealani Cook, Return to Kahiki
Annie Fukushima, Migrant Crossings
Noelani Goodyear Ka‘opua, Nā Wāhine Koa
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty
Dean Saranillio, Unsustainable Empire
Noenoe Silva, The Power of the Steel-tipped Pen
Hōkūlani K. Aikau and Vernadette Gonzalez, Detours

Pupus and ‘awa served while they last!
Beer and wine available for donation

Author Meets Critiques at ASA

Join me at this year’s American Studies Association for the roundtable discussing my book, Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. (Stanford University Press, 2019).

Session information

Sat, November 9, 4:00 to 5:45pm, Hawai’i Convention Center, Mtg Rm 301 B

Roundtable Speakers

Author of Migrant Crossings

Annie Isabel Fukushima, University of Utah

Session Chair

Dr. Sarita Gaytan, University of Utah


Dr. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, University of California, Davis
Dr. Mary Romero, Arizona State University
Clare Hanusz, Aloha Immigration
Candace Fujikane, University of Hawaii

To purchase a copy of Migrant Crossings, visit the University of Hawaii (at Manoa) bookstore https://www.bookstore.hawaii.edu/manoa/

Or you may purchase online at: https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=29061

Chasing Slavery: The Resistance of Forced Labor in the Southwest



 Thursday, 10/24 – Alkek Teaching Theatre

7:00pm: Keynote
Ambassador Luis C. de Baca, Yale University: Chasing Slavery: Reflections from the Southwest
8:30-9:30 – Reception in Taylor Murphy

 Friday 10/25 – Flowers Hall 230

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee
8:45 – 9:00: Welcome
9:00 – 10:30: The Salon, Street, & Cantina

  • Chair, Jessica Pliley, Texas State University
  • Annie Fukushima, University of Utah: (Living)Dead Subjects: Mamasans, Sex Slaves and Sexualized Economies
  • April Petillo, Kansas State University: By Force or By Choice: Trafficking, Policy and Indian Country Realities
  • Melissa Torres, Baylor University: ‘Obligadas e ‘Ilegales’: Cantinas, Cantineras, y Cantineros in Contemporary Houston

10:30 – 11:00: Coffee Break
11::00 – 1:00 The Company

  • Chair: Jeffrey Helgeson, Texas State University
  • Manu Karuka, Barnard College: Continental Imperialism on the 32nd parallel
  • Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, George Washington University: “Dilemmas of a modern underground railroad in the era of migrant caravans: A road to freedom or modern-day slavery?”
  • Martha Uvalle, Seafood Workers’ Alliance: #Walmartstrikers: Supply Chain Organizing in Rural Louisiana
  • Mary Yanik, New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice: Legal strategies Supporting Worker-led Organizing

1:00 – 2:00: Lunch
2:00 – 3:45 : The Field and Sea

  • Chair, Thomas Alter, Texas State University
  • William S. Kiser, Texas A&M University at San Antonio: The Long-Lasting National Implications of New Mexico’s Debt Peonage System
  • Christian Zlolniski, University of Texas at Arlington: “A New Bracero Program? Transnational Mexican H-2A Farmworkers in the United States.”
  • Danilo Balladares, Seafood Workers Alliance: Organizing against Forced Labor and Labor Exploitation in the Gulf Coast Seafood Industry
  • Rosario “Chayito” Elizalde, Seafood Workers’ Alliance: La Lista Negra: Overcoming Fears, the Blacklist and Borders

3:30 – 4:00: Coffee Break
4:00 – 5:45: The Prison and Detention Center

  • Chair, Dwight Watson, Texas State University
  • Jermaine Thibodeaux, University of Texas at Austin & Cambridge School of Weston: ”Raising Cane, Razing Men: A Gendered View of Life on Texas Sugar Prison Farms, 1884-1920
  • Natalie Lira, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign: “Nobody Paid Me Anything:” Race, Disability and Forced Labor in California’s Pacific Colony
  • Volker Janssen, California State University Fullerton: Slavery by any Other Name? In Search of Legitimate Labor in Prisons’ History
  • Robert Chase, Stony Brook University: “We are not Slaves”: Strike Waves, Prisons and Civil Rights in Post-War Texas

6:30 – 8:30: Dinner. Location TBD

Saturday, 10/26 – Flowers Hall 230

8:30 – 9:30: Coffee
9:30 – 11:00: The House and Home

  • Chair: Sara Damiano, Texas State University
  • Mary Lui, Yale University: Onieta and the Arks: Farming out intimacy in the American River Delta
  • Julian Lim, Arizona State University & Stanford University: Sexual Slavery and Conjugal Deviations: Marital and Racial Anxieties in U.S. Immigration Law
  • Colleen O’Neill, Utah State University: The Limits of Colonial Parenting: Native American Domestic Workers in the Postwar Era

11:00-12:00: Lunch

12:00 – 1:30: Forced Labor Organizing and the Law

  • Chair, Luis C. de Baca, Yale University
  • Cristina Salinas, University of Texas at Arlington: Creating the Coyote: Cross-border Migration, Labor Middlemen, and the Law, 1929-1952
  • Grace Peña Delgado, University of California at Santa Cruz: Mexico, Its National Borders, and the Problem of New Abolitionism in Anti-Trafficking Politics
  • Sabina Trejo, Seafood Worker Alliance: Organizing With, Without and Against the Law: Lessons from the Gulf South
  • Ismael Hernandez Martinez, Seafood Workers’ Alliance: Fighting Racism and Retaliation

1:45 – 2:15: Concluding Thoughts

  • John Mckiernan-Gonzalez, Texas State University
  • Jessica Pliley, Texas State University
  • Luis C. deBaca, Yale University

Gender: War. Review

I wanted to share that Gender: War edited by Andrea Peto has a review. Please check out the review. I have a chapter in this publication.

 Gender: War, 1st Edition

  • Andrea Pet? Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Published By: Macmillan Reference USA
  • ISBN-10: 0028663306
  • ISBN-13: 9780028663302
  • DDC: 303.6
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade – College Senior
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released September 2017
  • This publication’s content originally published in print form: 2018

The Subject(s) of Human Rights: Crises, Violations, and Asian/American Critique

Edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Guy Beauregard, and Hsiu-chuan Lee, With an Afterword by Madeleine Thien

Here is how the editors summarize my chapter in this book:

The editors best summarize Fukushima’s chapter: “Annie Isabel Fukushima concludes this section with an ambitious critical account of “tethered subjectivities” spanning Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the continental United States. Her essay begins with the Korean operated Daewoosa factory in American Samoa, a site where trafficked migrant workers from Vietnam and China worked alongside Samoan workers. While the owner of this factory was eventually convicted and sentenced to forty years in prison, Fukushima nevertheless reads this case as a failure to facilitate human rights in the Asia-Pacific region insofar as it affirmed, rather than contested, U.S. colonial presence in the region. Extending her discussion to address what she calls “factories, farms, and fisheries”— encompassing, among other subjects, Thai farm workers in Hawaii and the story of Sonny, a fisher from Indonesia whose journey took him to Australia, Fiji, American Samoa, and eventually California—Fukushima foregrounds key moments in the history of U.S. imperialism and colonial rule, including California’s 1850 “Act for the Government and Protection of Indians,” the annexation of Hawaii in 1898, and the partitioning of the Samoan archipelago in 1899. In doing so, her essay tracks how rights-based forms of subjectivity are inextricably tied to settler-colonial logics. Drawing on the work of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Fukushima proposes the notion of “hacking” as a way of undoing discourses of human trafficking and human rights, urging us to envision new ways to challenge rights violations that do not, at the same time, affirm U.S. settler-colonial presence” – (Schlund-Vials et al., 2019, p. 12).

PB: $39.95 
EAN: 978-1-4399-1573-8
Publication: Dec 19 

HC: $105.50 
EAN: 978-1-4399-1572-1
Publication: Dec 19 

Ebook: $39.95 
EAN: 978-1-4399-1574-5
Publication: Dec 19 

Considers the ways Asian American studies has engaged with humanitarian crises and large-scale violations

Description of the book

Human rights violations have always been part of Asian American studies. From Chinese immigration restrictions, the incarceration of Japanese Americans, yellow peril characterizations, and recent acts of deportation and Islamophobia, Asian Americans have consistently functioned as subordinated “subjects” of human rights violations. The Subject(s) of Human Rights brings together scholars from North America and Asia to recalibrate these human rights concerns from both sides of the Pacific. 

The essays in this collection provide a sharper understanding of how Asian/Americans have been subjected to human rights violations, how they act as subjects of history and agents of change, and how they produce knowledge around such subjects. The editors of and contributors to The Subject(s) of Human Rights examine refugee narratives, human trafficking, and citizenship issues in twentieth- and twenty-first century literature. These themes further refract issues of American war-making, settler colonialism, military occupation, collateral damage, and displacement that relocate the imagined geographies of Asian America from the periphery to the center of human rights critique. 

Contributors: Annie Isabel Fukushima, Mayumo Inoue, Masumi Izumi, Dinidu Karunanayake, Christine Kim, Min-Jung Kim, Christopher Lee, Vinh Nguyen, Christopher B. Patterson, Madeleine Thien, Yin Wang, Grace Hui-chuan Wu, and the editors


Temple University Press


In the Series

Asian American History and Culture edited by Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee Founded by Sucheng Chan in 1991, the Asian American History and Culture series has sponsored innovative scholarship that has redefined, expanded, and advanced the field of Asian American studies while strengthening its links to related areas of scholarly inquiry and engaged critique. Like the field from which it emerged, the series remains rooted in the social sciences and humanities, encompassing multiple regions, formations, communities, and identities. Extending the vision of founding editor Sucheng Chan and emeriti editor Michael Omi, David Palumbo-Liu, K. Scott Wong and Linda Trinh Võ, series editors Cathy Schlund-Vials, Rick Bonus, and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee continue to develop a foundational collection that embodies a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to Asian American studies.

2019 GLAD Grant Recipient

Happy to share that I am a GLAD Grant Recipient at the University of Utah. Spring 2019 GLAD Recipients -Ed Munoz, Annie Isabel Fukushima, & Alborz Ghandehari. Our awarded proposal at the University of Utah is entitled: Race and Ethnicity in Global Contexts II: Ethnic Studies “Global Learning without a Passport”


Spring 2019 GLAD Recepients –  (order in photo): Alborz Ghandehari, Ed Munoz, Annie Isabel Fukushima
Race and Ethnicity in Global Contexts II:  Ethnic Studies “Global Learning without a Passport”

Gloria Anzaldúa : Traduire les frontières Translating Borders

16 mai 2019 – 18 mai 2019

contact the conference organizers directly if you have questions (see above flyer)

Jeudi 16 mai 2019 – Université Paris 8

09h00 Accueil
Welcome address, Bienvenue

Marta Segarra (LEGS) 09h15 Ouverture Nadia Setti

Opening blessing Sandra Pacheco curandera

10h00 PLÉNIÈRE 1

Amphi X – Gloria Anzaldúa, féministe décoloniale, théoricienne queer of color modératrice : Nadia Yala Kusikidi
Paola Bacchetta, Norma Cantù, Maria Lugones

11h30 Pause café


1 Amphi X
Amanda Cuellar,
Nepantla and Film Production, Patricia Montoya, Sarah Luna, Kegels for Hegel, ake Me To Yr Borderlands (Cancion De Amor A Gloria E. Anzaldúa)

2 · J103 Panel Education en Nepantla
Dolorès Bernal Delgado, Rebecca Burciaga, Judith Carmona Flores, Alexandra C. Elenes

3 · J104 Panel : Joteria Thought and Praxis : Engaging Anzaldúan Borderland Theories for Living a Queer Latinx Chicanx Life

José Manuel Santillana, Anita Revilla Tijerina, Eddy Francisco Alvarez, Ernesto Javier Martinez

4 · J105 Elia Hat eld, Gloria Anzaldúa: de sujeto atravesado subalterno a lo marginal en el centro M. Montanaro, Gloria Anzaldúa et bell looks : Frontières et marge comme forme de résistance C.Back, The othersider/Del Otro Lado

5 · J003 At the Con uence of Geographic and Academic Borders
Amalia de la Luz Montez, Maria Gutierrez y Muh, Gabriella Raimon, Eva Allegra Sobek, Maria Herrera



6 Amphi X

Panel : Penser avec Anzaldúa en France : Expériences de queers noirs, arabes et latina de la diaspora
Majda Cheick, Dawud Bumaye, Amaranta Lopez

7 · J103 Panel : Why Can’t See Women and Children of Color with Disabilities: Radical Visions for Transformations
Diane Torres Velasquez, Ana Genoveva Martinez de la Cueva Astirraga, Ronalda Tome Warrito, Barbara Dray

8 · J104 Karla Padron, Beyond the Wound: Anzaldúa’s Teachings
and Transgender Latina Immigrant Activism in the U.S.
Madelaine Cahuas, Understanding Anzalda’s Borderlands as a Latinx Black Geography Maira Alvarez, Disrupting B/borders His-stories

9 · J105 Panel : Decolonial Mapping of the Mexico U.S. Borderland
Victor De Hierro, Eda Ozyesilpinar, Laura Gonzales, Vanessa Guzman Migrant Day Labor Movements: Contesting Border Securization and Crimmization

10 · J004 Felipe M. Fernandez, Traces de Anzaldúa dans la pensée lesbienne
contemporaine au Brésil
Barbara Elcimar, Cours en ligne sur la pensée lesbienne contemporaine et ses contributions
à la construction du sujet politique du mouvement lesbien au Brésil
Caterina Rea, Dialogues entre ‘Suds’ : enseigner la critique queer of color à UNILAB/Malês Claudia Cabello Hutt, Across Borderlands: queer solidarity and transatlantic networks 1920-1950


16h30 PLÉNIÈRE 2

Amphi X – Situations : Gloria Anzaldúa en France modératrice : Nassira Hedgerassi
Jules Falquet, Gabriel Joao, Nawo

17h30 Fin de la plénière

18h30 PERFORMANCE – Amphi X
Maria Helena Fernandez, The Latinx Survival Guide in the Age of Trump

Andrea Guajardo, Nepantla «Valentina»

19h30 Fin de la 1ère journée

Vendredi 17 mai 2019 – Université Paris 3

09h00 ACCUEIL – Amphi 1A
Bienvenue Evelyne Ricci (CREC)

09h30 PLÉNIÈRE 3

Amphi A – Wild Tongues Translating Anzaldúa
modératrice : Paola Zaccaria
Eva Rodriguez, Suzanne Dufour, Alejandra Soto Chacon, Romana Radwimme, Isabelle Cambourakis



11 · D11 D11

Fayeza Hasanat, Cécilia Rodriguez Milanes, Wild Tongues Translating Personal Borders, Michael A.Turcios, Borderland Culture and Nepantla Consciousness in Sans Frontière

12 · D12
Marilyn M.White,
True and Ancient Properties’: Morrison’s Tar Baby Through an Anzaldúan Lens

Neela Cathelain, La conscience de la mestiza :
éhontement et migration dans le genre romanesque
Gabrielle Adjerad, Coatlicue, con ictualité au féminin et résistance
dans Woman Hollering Creek(1991) de Sandra Cisneros
Joana Rodriguez Meritxell, The MediterreanLiterary Palimpsest:vRevisiting Anzaldúa s’ Borderland(s) through the Works of Najat El Hachmi and Dalila Kerchouche

13 · D13
Smadar Lavie, The Anzaldúan Method of Auto-historia-Teoria:
Notes on La Llorona’s Permission to Narrate the Academic Text
Lissel Quiroz, Décoloniser le savoir : le concept de autohistoria-teoria de Gloria Anzaldúa Lilliana P. Saldana, Auto-historia-teoria as a decolonial methodology: researching the coloniality of public celebration and researching the self
Carolina Alonso,Teaching GloriaAnzaldúa through Autohistoria

14 · D15 Écriture chamane
Sarah-A.Crevier-Goulet & Barbara Santos,
Portrait de l’écrivaine en chamane. Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa,
la nepantla et le chemin de la connaissance (the path of conoscimiento) Kelli Zaytoun, “An artist in the Sense of a Shaman“: Naguala/Shapeshifting as Decolonial Practice
John Kaiser Ortiz, The reality of the Unseen

15 · D16
Panel “From Taming a Wild Tongue to Building a Bilingual, Bicultural University“ Francisco Guajardo, Stéphanie Alvarez, Emmy Perez



16 · D11
Alexander Stehn,Teaching Anzaldúa in/on/from the Borderlands of American Philosophy Mariana Alessandrini, G.A. And the French Existentialist
Rita Rodriguez, Anzaldúa y Foucault: Theory Genealogy and Deconstruction of Sexual Identity An Aesthetics of Auto-Arte
Mariana Ortega, Borderlands, Self-Transformation and Queer subjectivity
Lorena Alvarado, Sentimientos Encontrados: translating/theorizing the Musical/Feeling

17 · D12
Panel: Translating Borderlands Across the Americas
Israel Dominguez, El Mundo Zurdo: Translating Anzaldúa Through the Digital World Alessandro Escalante, Taming Queer/cuir Tongues: Translating Anzaldúa Through Queer/cuir Culture in Puerto Rico

Hina Muneeruddin,The Hate and fear of “Trump“ Politics: Translating Anzaldúa
Through American Muslim Affect and Futurity
Barbara Sostaita,Coatlicue en la Caravana: Translating Anzaldúa Through Migrants on the Move

18 · D13
Panel: Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions
and Healing Practices
Lara Medina & Marta Gonzalez, Envisioning and Manifesting Voices from The Ancestors:
Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices
Maria Helena Fernandez, Drawing from the Cenote Well for Healing Colonization and Patriarchy Aïda Salazar, Reclaiming Moon and Mourning Rituals

19 · D15
Aïda Salazar-Vasquez,
Digitizing the Borderlands: Archive, Memory, and Queer Time
of a Coatlicue State
Stephen Santa-Ramirez & Adam Martinez,“We are in a constant state of limbo“:
The in-between worlds of Latinx undocumented college students in Arizona within the Trump era Carmen Villanueva,The Coatlicue State of Decolonial Mothering
Renée Lemus & Cristina R. Smith, Semillas de las Abuelas:
Teaching to Reclaim n the B/borderland Family

20 · D16
Marina Alessandri & Lara Bonilla,
Exploring the Anzaldúan Archive: Readerly Encounters in Nepantla

Alberto Flores Lupe, Other/Wordly Assemblages: MappingMore-thanHuman Socialities
in the Archival Writings of Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Coco Magallanes & Anna-Lorena Carilla Padilla, Imagen-Frontera, Memoria-Revelada
y Archivo-Tex urizado Gloria Anzaldúa, Angela Arziniaga y Virginia Hernandez en Puebla, 2017

21 · D17
Mariana Rojas,
Les langues des métisses: genre, racialisation et frontières quotidiennes Alvaro Luna, La traduction en français du parler chicano : hybridités, frontières, croisements Cassie Lynn Smith, Translating B/borders in the Classroom: Employing Anzaldúan Pedagogy in the University Classroom


Jessica Helen Lopez,
The Malinche is my Next Door Neighbor. A spoken Word Performance of Auto-historia fantasma and Reclamation of the Violent Femme DykeWarrior
Estefania Tizon Fonseca, Poetry about the Borderlands between sexuality and spirituality

Sem Nagas,
Corps nocturnes corps numériques

16h15 PAUSE

16h30 PLÉNIÈRE 4

AMPHI A – Archives féministes et Queer Décoloniales modératrice : Suhraiya Jivraj
Ana Louise Keating, Amina Mama



Lectures féministes

Ouerdia Ben Amar, Jamie Herd, Akila Kizzi, Heta Rundgren


A. Salazar, R.Orona Cordova, L. Medina The moon Within 19h- 21h : PROJECTION FILM (Cinémathèque)

salle 049
T.Lakrissi, Douin, Laroche/Back,
Something to do with the dark (25mn)

Samedi 18 mai 2019 – Université Paris 7

09h00 Accueil
Cécile Rondeau (LARCA)

09h30 PLÉNIÈRE 5

Amphi 12E – Artivismes
modératrice : Santa Barraza, Cristina Castellano, Anel Flores, Celeste de Luna, Paola Zaccaria


22 Amphi 12 E

Panel : Art and Resistance in Anzaldúa’s Borderlands

Aïda Hurtado, Art and Resistance in Anzaldúa’s Borderlands
Stephanie Alvarez, Artivism in the Rio Grande Valley and the Anzaldúa Border Aestetic Emmy Perez, Rio Grande Valley Poets after Anzaldúa: the Living Roots

23 · 264E
Panel : Translenguas y Transfonteras: Navigating Art and Pedagogy with Gloria Anzaldúa’s
Borderlands/La Frontera

Alejandra I. Ramirez, Abject Intimacies and the Global Border Industrial Complex Gloria Negrete-Lopez, Queer(ing) Abolitionists Imagining: Radical Envisioning Through Anzaldúan Visual Theory
Monica Hernandez, Sanando las Heridas:
Anzaldúan Praxis in Fronterix Community College

24 · 234C
Panel : Resituating the B/Borderlands: Return as Renegotiation
Magda Garcia, From Dancing Mestizo “Nation“ to Dancing Mestiza “Borderlands“ Anzaldúa and Re-envisioning the Possibilities of Chicana/o/x Folklorico Practice
Marina Chavez, Reading Horror in the B/borderands
Nieves N. Villanueva, Repositioning Emotional Embodiments: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Work Refashioning

Roberto Macias, Recognition and Its Discontents: The Political Uncanny and the Coatlicue State in Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

25 · 270F
Jonathan Hernandez,
“Guilt Lay Folded in the Tortilla“: Affect in Anzaldúa‘s Writing Tace Hedric, Gloria Anzaldúa’s Alien Nation

Jeremy Patterson, Border Anxiety versus Border Trauma:
An Anzaldúan Tension in the Psychology of Geopolitical Borders
Julius C. Calderon, JuanGa/Aguilera Moves through/in the Mexican Border(lands): Sexuality, Sovereignty, and Religiosity

26 · 274F
Panel : Anzaldúa and Spatial/Artistic/Linguistic Production
Maylei Blackwell, Spiritual Conocimiento:
Reading the Feminine Divine in the Obra of Ester Hernández
Raul Coronado, Does Writing Express Experience or Does It Create It?: Anzaldúa’s Borderlands and the Queer Latinx Public Sphere
Juan Herrera, Anzaldúan Spatialities: Race, Space, and Difference in the Work of Gloria Anzaldúa

27 · 248 E
Xamuel Bañales,
Building Community, Decolonizing Spirituality, and Women of Color Feminism: Applying Gloria Anzaldúa in and out of the Classroom for Healing and Empowerment
Sandra Pacheco, Altar-making: a pedagogical practice for engaging Anzaldúa’s seven stages
of conocimiento
Clarissa Garza, The phenomena of the unconscious and spirituality as a means to heal one’s inner psyche



28 · AMPHI 12 E
Panel : Gloria Anzaladúa’s Erotic Borderlands: Affecting Worlds, Transforming Violence Felicity A. Schaeffer, Bee Sensing and Sensorial Crossings Across Transhuman Borders
Krizia Puig, The Loves We Long For: Affective Borderlands///Borderland Affects
Victoria Sanchez,TowardsaChicanaFeministMetaphysicsoftheBreath:AnzaldúanApproachesto Breathing in Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Alfredo Reyes, Diffracted Perspectives of Citizenship
Dana Ahern, Pain and Potentialities: Una Herida Abierta as Queer of Color Methodology
Ryan King, GPS and the Body / Border: Scales of Empire

29 · 264 E
Mercedes V.Avila,
Toward a Nuevomexicana Consciousness:
An Exploration of Identity through Education Manifested In a Colonial History
Elenes Briseida, Nepantlera Leaders: Latinas Facilitating Student Pathways
and Transforming Education
Claudia Cervantes Soon, Juárez Girls Rising and Reclaiming the Serpent’s Tongue
Pablo Ramirez, Put History Through a Sieve, Winnow Out the Lies: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands Ethics as a Guide to an Engagement with Collective Memory

30 · 234 C
Panel : Bridge Building
Vickie Vertig, Victoria Delgadillo, Cristina Castellano, Kaelyn Rodriguez, Maya Chinchilla

31 · 270 F [14h00, 18 mai 2019]
Panel : Border Crossing: Harnessing the Power of Anzaldúan Thought and Methodologies Lara de Juan, Big Border Algorithms
Annie Isabel Fukushima, Witnessing Violence and the Coatlicue State
Cristina Mora, Anzaldúa and the Place of Politics in California.

32 · 274 F
Panel: Borderlands Profundo: Engineering Anzaldúan Soundscapes, Pedagogies, and Ancestral Knowledges
Wanda Alarcon, Towards a Decolonial Feminist Poetics
Marta Gonzales, Voices from the Ancestors, Mediterranean Borderlands, and Decolonizing Time and Spirituality
Marcella Maese, Borderlands Profundo: Rehearing Aztecas del Norte through Flor Y canto Alexandro Meija, Deconstructing Westernized Conceptions of what it means to be
an Engineer through Nepantlerismo
33 · 248 E
Panel: Queering Education and Anzaldúa’s Nepantla
Mary Hermes, Wild Tongues
Diana Chandara, Developing Consciousness in the Heart Through Nepantla
Alexander Qui, Dis-identi cation and Transformation: Nepantla as a Framework for Expanding the Boundaries of Abolition
Ak O’Loughlin, Gender-as-Lived: The Coloniality of Gender in Schools and Teaching From a Place of Anzaldúa’s Nepantla


Celina A. Gomez, Stevie Luna Rodriguez, Gladys Ornelas, Emmy Perez, Amanda Victoria Ramirez
#PoetsAgainstWalls: Overcoming the Tradition of Silence

264 E Munoz Gris, Coatlicue Girl 16h30 PAUSE CAFÉ

18h30 234 C Bassad Saja 16h45 PLÉNIÈRE 6

Amphi 12 E Décoloniser le présent
modératrice : Akila Kizzi, Norma Alarcón, Seloua Luste Bulbina, Nacira Guénif

19h00 SALUTATION FINALE Sandra Pacheco

Chicana Feminist Theory 2019

University of Utah, Spring 2019. ETHNC 5730-001/ GNDR 5960-005

Chicana Feminisms emerged out of struggle against heteropatriarchy within the movimientos of the 1960s. Chicana Feminist Theory grapples with the multiplicity of Chicana Feminist works that emerged since the 1960s in the United States. Centralizing ethnic studies methodologies, the course grapples with a range of modalities through which a Chicana feminist praxis has emerged. Through a range of subthemes, this course will come to conceptualize chicana feminisms: heteropatriarchy, historical imagination, consciousness, literary, art, performance, music, queer, violence, education, labor, abilities, wellness, and migration. This course will move from conceiving Chicana feminist histories towards grappling with a Chicana feminist future.

This course encourages students to discover a range of ethnic studies modalities through intensive reading, critical thinking, discussion, and writing. The learning objectives of Chicana Feminist Theory are the following:

  1. Students will analyze and evaluate major approaches to race and ethnicity.
  2. Students will debate, differentiate, and critique theories, concepts, and approaches to develop analytical depth and engage them and their intersections in new and more complex dimensions.
  3. Students will analyze, synthesize, critique, and use relevant sources
  4. Students will recognize how structural relations of power enables and constrains individual and collective opportunities and perspectives, and will apply this understanding to transformative praxis.

Below, are the final projects for Chicana Feminist Theory – Students were invited to create podcasts for their final project.

Ciriac Alvarez: on poetry, activism and pursing dreams from that third country. By Brooke Adams
La Chicana Identity by Lily Ceja
Chicana Feminist Theory Podcast – Patriarchy in the Household and National MEChA Conference 2 by Valeria Escobar
Introductory to Chicana Feminism by Cristina Guerrero
Aztlan – A podcast by Javier Hernandez
Decolonial Imaginary
Final Project by Jocelyne Lopez
Chicana Feminism and First Hand Experience by Frances Lucas
Chicana Feminisms in Mental Health by Carlos Martinez
Lis Pankl
Exploring the Borderlands of Mexican American Identity with Aspen Flores by Marley Talvitie
2 Femme 2 Furious Episode 1 by Kahlozar
How To Be A Chicana Feminist In The US Coming From A Different Country by Jobany Quiterio
The life of Selena Quintanilla by Sarah Terry
Latina Health Care Experience Podcast by Colton West

Beyond Walls

Proud of my students in my course on immigration, transnationalism and diasporic communities:

My student published a write-up with the Office for Equity & Diversity at the University of Utah’s People’ & Places blog.


Additionally, you may find content for their projects by visiting https://migratorytimes.net – scroll down to see their projects – #beyondwallsutah.


Diaspora, Displacements and Transnational Communities invites you:

3PM, April 10, 2019
Gardner Commons 4660 (260 Central Campus Drive) University of Utah

In 2015, it was estimated that 244,467 immigrants resided in Utah. In spite of a long history of movement across the Americas, into the Americas, and into Utah, migrant (im)mobility continues to be shaped by anti-immigration rhetoric and policies. These policies encompass a long history that spans from 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act to more contemporary orders such as Executive Order 13769. Additionally, ongoing discussions of “building a wall” impact communities and people who are transnational workers, support transnational families, are part of transnational networks, or seeking refuge.

Join the students of Ethnic Studies – Diaspora, Displacements and Transnational Communities – for a discussion of migrant stories and walls. Students will discuss, with an ethnic studies lens, how a rhetoric of walls, criminalization, surveillance, and xenophobia shape migrant 21st century experience. The class invites participants to join us – we will gather, discuss, listen and read fragments, excerpts, parts of migratory lives placed around the Marriott library. The discussion will begin on April 10 at 3PM at Gardner Commons 4660 on the right side of the Marriott library plaza.

Questions? Contact Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima, a.fukushima@utah.edu, Ethnic Studies, University of Utah