Etsuko Kinefuchi, Ph.D.

Etsuko Kinefuchi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
105 Ferguson Building


  • Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • M.A., Oregon State University
  • B.A., Oregon State University

Scholarly interests:

Critical inter/cultural communication, ecology and culture, ecofeminism, critical discourse analysis, social movement, cultural identities, multiculturalism and pedagogy, transnationalism and diaspora, building intercultural alliances.

Courses taught:

  • CST 200 Communication and Community
  • CST 399 Communication Research Methods
  • CST 337 Intercultural Communication
  • CST460: Communicating Rights: Humans and Nature (course developed)
  • CST 602 Engaging Communication Research Methodology
  • CST 635 Identity, Culture, and Communication
  • CST612: Critical Intercultural Communication (course developed)
  • CST612: Identity and Culture in the Age of Ecological Crises (course developed)

Recent publications:

Kinefuchi, E. (2018). Critical discourse analysis and an ecological turn in intercultural communication. Review of CommunicationCritical Discourse Studies and/in Communication: Theories, Methodologies, and Pedagogies at the Intersections (special issue). 18(3), 212-230. doi: 10.1080/15358593.2018.1479882

Kinefuchi, E. (In press). Cultural Appropriation of Mottainai: Wangari Maathai and Cultural Empowerment.. In Eddah Mbula Mutua & Alberto González (Eds.), Planting the Future: The Rhetorical Legacy of Wangari Maathai.

Kinefuchi, E. (2018). Production of the internal other in world risk society: Nuclear power, Fukushima, and the logic of colonization. In J. A. Drzewiecka & T. Nakayama (Eds.), Global perspective on culture: A reader. New York: Peter Lang.

Kinefuchi, E. (2017). Asian Pacific American Communication Studies. In A. Mike (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Communication Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Mendoza, S. L. & Kinefuchi, E. (2016). Two stories, one vision: A Plea for an ecological turn in intercultural communication. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 9(4), (Received the distinguished article award for the best article from the International and Intercultural Communication Division, NCA, 2017)

Kinefuchi, E. & Cruz, G. (2015). The Mexicans in the news: Representation of Mexican immigrants in the Internet news media. The Howard Journal of Communications, 26(4), 333-351. doi:10.1080/10646175.2015.1049759

Kinefuchi, E. (2015). Nuclear power for good: Articulations in Japan’s nuclear power hegemony. Communication, Culture, and Critique, 8(3), 448-465. doi: 10.1111/cccr.12092

Kinefuchi, E. (2011). Finding home in migration: Montagnard refugees and post-migration identity. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 3(3), 228-248.

Kinefuchi, E. (2010). Layers of Nikkei: Japanese diaspora and World War II. In Rona T. Halualani and Thomas K. Nakayama (Ed.), The Blackwell Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication (pp. 495-516). Blackwell. (Invited contribution).

Kinefuchi, E. (2010). Critical consciousness and critical service-learning at the intersection of personal and structural. Journal of Applied Learning in Higher Education, 2, 81-97.

Kinefuchi, E. (2010). Finding home in migration: Montagnard refugees and post-migration identity. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, (3), 228-248.


  • Academic Sustainability Coordinator, UNCG, 2018-2020
  • Study Abroad Committee, UNCG, member
  • Scholarship Committee, Communication Studies Department Chair
  • National Communication Association member
  • National Communication Association, Asian Pacific American Communication Studies Division Chair, 2005
  • Global Engagement Implementation Advisory Committee (GEIAC) Chair, 2018-2019
  • International and Global Studies Committee
  • Sustainability Council
  • Environmental & Sustainability Studies Advisory Council
  • Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies Editorial Board
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication Editorial Board
  • International Environmental Communication Association member