Laura Sachiko Fugikawa

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Study of Women and Gender

Laura Sachiko Fugikawa

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2018
Monday, 1–2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 8:15–8:45 p.m.
And by appointment.

Pierce Hall 003



Ph.D., University of Southern California

B.A., M.A., University of New Mexico


Laura Sachiko Fugikawa studies how culture impacts history and how history is retold through cultural works. She teaches courses on U.S. multiethnic literature and film, gender, sexuality and women of color feminisms. As a queer studies and comparative ethnic studies scholar, she uses close readings of literature and film alongside archival materials to understand how long histories and the consequences of state policies continually impact our understandings of race, gender and sexuality. Fugikawa received her bachelor's and master's from the University of New Mexico and her doctorate from the University of Southern California in American studies and ehnicity with a certificate in gender studies.

Her recent publications include “Shifting the Gaze: Gender, Resiliency and Urban Relocation in The Exiles” in the March 2015 American Quarterly and “Sonic Connections: Connecting to Sound in Realist Film” in the June 2015 Sounding Out: The Sound Studies Blog. Her most recent article, “‘To Get Here?’: Vulnerabilities and Biopolitics in Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River” is currently under review. She is finishing her book manuscript, Displacements: the Cultural Politics of Relocation, a comparative analysis of narratives surrounding mid-20th-century relocation and assimilation campaigns directed at Japanese American and American Indian communities.

Fugikawa is also the co-founder and co-director of the Queer Asian American Archives, affiliated with the University of Illinois Chicago, which includes community organization materials and oral histories about community organizing in the Midwest.