Faculty and Staff

Etsuko Kinefuchi

Associate Professor

Office: 105 Ferguson Building
Phone: 336-334-5297
Email: e_kinefu@uncg.edu


  • 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. (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), 275-294. doi.org/10.1080/17513057.2016.1225451 (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.


  • Study Abroad Committee, UNCG, member
  • Scholarship Committee, Communication Studies Dept. chair
  • National Communication Association member
  • National Communication Association, Asian Pacific American Communication Studies Division Chair, 2005
  • Global Engagement Implementation Advisory Committee (GEIAC)
  • 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