Annie Isabel Fukushima, ABD / Ph.D. Candidate

Ethnic Studies Department

Office: 644 Barrows Hall
Office hours: By appointment

Annie Isabel Fukushima's dissertation, Asian and Latina Migrants in the United States and the Invisible / Visible Paradigm of Human Trafficking addresses a critical question: who is the trafficked person and how has she/he come to matter in the 21st century? The trafficked person has come to matter through a diversity of discourses across various fields. As human trafficking is constituted by the legal interpretations, practices, and institutions such as non-governmental, governmental, health care, education, faith based, law enforcement and legal institutions, why does it now matter nearly 150 years after U.S. abolition of slavery? To locate “who” a trafficked person is, I employ an interdisciplinary method that incorporates sociology, legal studies, and media studies. Due to the transnational elements of human trafficking discourse and anti-trafficking strategies, I offer a comparative framing of Asians and Latinas/os trafficked into the United States.


M.A. (Ethnic Studies), University of California, Berkeley; B.A. High Honors (American Studies and English), University of Hawai`i, Manoa

Research interests

Transnational Feminisms, Gender & Migration, and Visual Culture and Social Movements


Teaching as an Instructor

Instructor. “Immigration, Racialization, & Globalization,” Ethnic Studies 103, Summer 2011, University of California, Berkeley
Interdisciplinary and theoretical survey of discourse on race, gender, sexuality, immigration, and globalization

Adjunct Instructor, “Asian American History up to 1945,” Ethnic Studies 30, Spring and Summer, 2011, Laney College, Oakland California
Interdisciplinary and history course on Asian / Americans and immigration

Adjunct Instructor, “Asian Americans in Film,” Ethnic Studies 45, Spring 2011, Laney College, Oakland California
Film studies and Asian American history course

Graduate Student Instructor / Teaching Assistant

Graduate Student Instructor, “The Southern Border,” Ethnic Studies/Geography/Education 159.
Fall 2010 and Fall 2011, University of California, Berkeley
Interdisciplinary course that traces the origins and present-day implications of the southern border

Graduate Student Instructor. “Asian American Studies and Film Studies,” Asian American Studies 171
Fall 2009, University of California, Berkeley
Historicized Asian American representation in film and film-making class

Graduate Student Instructor. “An introduction Asians in the United States,” Asian American Studies 20
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Survey of history and methods course on Asian American history

Graduate Student Instructor. “An introduction Chicano/Latino History,” Chicano Studies 50
Fall 2006 and Fall 2007, University of California, Berkeley
Survey and introduction to Chicano Studies

Graduate Student Instructor. “Introduction to Race in the United States, University of California,” Ethnic Studies/American Cultures 21
Summer 2006, University of California, Berkeley

Teaching Assistant, “U.S. imperialism,” American Studies
Fall 2003, University of Hawaii, Manoa


Selected publications

Peer Reviewed

Annie Fukushima. “Beyond Moments of Disjuncture: The Visual Culture of the Sex Trafficked Asian (Woman).” Phoebe: Gender & Cultural Critiques. Vol. 20, No. 2, (Fall 2008): SUNY, Oneonta.

Encyclopedia Contributions

Annie Fukushima. “‘Comfort Women.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Contemporary Asian American Issues Today. Edith Chen and Grace Yoo, Eds. Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2009.

–. “Coerced Migration.” Battleground: Immigration. Judith Warner, Ed. Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2008.


Annie Fukushima and Cindy Liou. “Weaving Theory and Practice: Anti-Trafficking Partnerships and the Fourth ‘P’ in the Human Trafficking Paradigm.” Human Trafficking is Global Slavery. Program on Human Rights, Stanford University. 2012.

Annie Fukushima. “Korean Immigrant Women in America,” “Role of Asian Americans in Anti-Human Trafficking Movement,” and “Asian Americans and the Comfort Women Issue.” Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History. California: ABC-Clio, 2012.

Other Publications

Ellen-Rae Cachola, Lizelle Fistejo, Annie Fukushima, Gwyn Kirk, and Sabina Perez. “Gender and U.S. Bases in Asia-Pacific.” Foreign Policy In Focus Policy Report. Washington D.C.: FPIF. (March 14, 2008)

Annie Fukushima. “Introduction.” Speaking Truths: The Poetics of Defining Human Slavery. California: Achiote Press, 2007.

Honors & Awards

Dean’s Summer Fellowship, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Summer 2011

Founder Region Fellowship, Soroptimist International, 2009 - 2010

U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and The Council of American Overseas Research Centers, June 11th, 2008 to August 23rd, 2008

Dean’s Normative-time Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2008 - 2009

Mentored Research Fellowship, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2007 – 2008


Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2010 – 2011

Mentored Research Award, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, 2005

Brown Denney Award for Scholarly Excellence, 2004



Graduate program

Ethnic Studies Department
506 Barrows Hall #2570
Berkeley, CA 94720-2570
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