Etsuko Kinefuchi, Ph.D.

Etsuko Kinefuchi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
105 Ferguson Building

Affiliate Faculty Member: Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability

Specializations: Critical Intercultural Communication, Community Engagement, Qualitative Methods


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

Scholarly interests:

Ecological approaches to culture, identity, and communication; environmental movement and
culture; ecofeminism, ecolinguistics, hegemony and resistance in identity discourse; critical
intercultural communication; diversity and multiculturalism; qualitative research methods.

Courses taught:

  • CST 200 Communication and Community
  • CST 399 Communication Research Methods
  • CST 337 Intercultural Communication
  • CST420: Environmental Communication
  • CST460: Climate Change Communication (course developed)
  • 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)
  • GES386: Sustainable Development and Equity.
  • GES686: Equity and Sustainability


Recent publications:

Kinefuchi, E. (2021). Nuclear power and sustainability: A lesson from Japan.  F. Weder, L. Krainer, & M. Karmasin (Eds.), The Sustainability Communication Reader: A Reflective Compendium (pp. 379-396)Springer.

Kinefuchi, E. (2020). “Nature is healing”: Environmental infodemic and the pitfall of dualism. Journal of Environmental Media, 1(2), 3.1-3.8. doi: 10.1386/jem_00024_1

Buttny, R. & Kinefuchi, E. (2020). Vegans’ Problem Stories: Negotiating Vegan Identity in the World of Omnivores. Discourse and Society, 31(6), 565-583.

 Kinefuchi, E. (2019). [Review of the book Passport to change: Designing academically sound, culturally relevant, short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs by S. L. Pasquarelli, R. A. Cole, & M. J. Tyson (Eds.)]. Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, 10(1), 159-161.

Kinefuchi, E. (2018). Wangari Maathai and mottainai: Gifting “cultural appropriation” with cultural empowerment. In E. Mbula Mutua, A. González, & A. Wolbert (Eds.), Planting the Future: The Rhetorical Legacy of Wangari Maathai. Rowman & Littlefield.

Kinefuchi, E. (2018). Critical discourse analysis and an ecological turn in intercultural communication. Review of Communication: Critical 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. (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. 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), 275-294.

(Received the distinguished article award for the best article from the International and Intercultural Communication Division, NCA, 2017)


  • Academic Sustainability Coordinator, UNCG, 2018-2021
  • Study Abroad Committee, UNCG, 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 Program (Geography, Environment, & Sustainability) Curriculum Committee
  • Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies Editorial Board
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication Editorial Board


  • International Environmental Communication Association 
  • International Communication Association