Rachel Levine

Rachel Levine

Specialization: Gender Discrimination and Sexual Violence, Sex Trafficking in East Asia, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Human Rights


Research Focus

  • Gender Discrimination and Sexual Violence
  • Sex Trafficking in East Asia
  • Views of Sexuality During the Tokugawa Period as Expressed Through Shunga
  • Barriers to Female Workforce Participation in Japan
  • Thesis: Behind the Shoji: Sex Trafficking of Japanese Citizens
  • Dissertation: “Sexual Violence and Social Change: Japan’s Local Praxis in Global Context”

Academic History

  • M.A Asian Studies, Florida International University
  • B.A East Asian Languages and Cultures, Minors: International Relations, Psychology, University of Southern California


  • “Behind the Shoji Screen: Sex Trafficking of Japanese Citizens,” Japan Studies Review XXIV, (2020): 61-83

Panel Presentations

  • “Beyond the Black Box: Sexual Violence and Japanese Media” at the 72nd Annual International Communication Association Conference, Paris, France, 2022
  • “Beyond the Black Box: The (In)visibility of Sexual Violence in Japanese News Media” at the 8th Association of Asian Studies-in-Asia Conference, Daegu, South Korea, 2023

Teaching Experience

  •  Adjunct Lecturer, Florida International University, August 2019- Present: ASN 3202 Japanese Anime and Manga
  • Teaching Assistant, Florida International University, August 2017- May 2019: Introduction to East Asia, Japanese Culture and Society, Graduate Intro to Modern Asia, Graduate Asian Religion Seminar, Graduate Media Seminar, Graduate Masters Seminar


  • 2023-24 Fulbright Japan Graduate Research Fellow
  • 2020 Central Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2019 Excellence in Research Award, Florida International University
  • 2017 Emma Josephine Bradley Bovard Award, University of Southern California
  • 2017 Renaissance Scholar, University of Southern California
  • 2017 Order of Troy, University of Southern California