Meet the New Director of the OUR!

Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima has been selected as the new Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. 

Dr. Fukushima is an Associate Professor in the Ethnic Studies (ES) Division of the School for Cultural & Social Transformation. She also holds affiliate faculty status in three additional University of Utah units: Center for Research on Migration and Refugee Integration, Asian Studies, and Latin American Studies. Fukushima is a distinguished researcher on domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, labor, and migration. Her Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US (2019)–published by Stanford University Press–was the winner of the 2020 Asia and Asian America Section Book Award sponsored by the American Sociological Association. Her research has been supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others. 

Since her arrival at the University of Utah in 2015, Fukushima has contributed to several institutional enhancements being selected a Presidential Leadership Fellow (2020) and serving as the current project lead for the University’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium.

Fukushima states, “I am so thrilled to be joining the leadership and team of OUR and UGS. I have had wonderful experiences of collaborating with undergraduate researchers at the University of Utah supported by OUR. I am so inspired by program’s mission of collaborative research and endeavors towards equity. It is an honor to follow the important leadership work of Dr. Hayes-Harb and the team, and to begin to envision access, equity, and supporting undergraduate research and faculty collaborations that span a range of methodologies.”

“Dr. Annie Fukushima brings a wealth of research expertise and leadership skills regarding undergraduate research, equity, diversity, and inclusive mentorship to this role,” said Dr. T. Chase Hagood, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.  “I am delighted Annie has agreed to join Undergraduate Studies in expanding the quality, experiential activities provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research,” Hagood added. 

Dr. Fukushima joins the Office of Undergraduate Research, a unit of the Office of Undergraduate Studies on September 16, 2021.