Edith Kinney Mills College

Education | Courses Taught | Academic Experience | Publications and Presentations | Work and Research Experience | Service | Professional Membership | Awards and Activities

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2011, Jurisprudence and Social Policy
  • JD, University of California, Berkeley, 2006, Law
  • BA, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1999, Philosophy and Sociology
Courses Taught
  • SOSC 093: Law and Society
  • SOSC 120: Women and the Law
  • GOVT 116: Court Systems of the San Francisco Metropolitan Area
  • GOVT 180: Special Topics: Criminal Law AND Corrections
  • PPOL 141/241 Law and Public Policy
Academic Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor, Social Sciences Division, Public Policy, Political, Legal and Economic Analysis, Pre-Law Advisor, Mills College, Oakland, California, August 2010–current

Lecturer, Politics Department, Legal Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, January 2011–March 2011

Graduate Student Instructor, Legal Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, August 2002–December 2007

Peer Student Instructor, Sociology Department, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, Summer 1997–Spring 1999

Bar Admissions: State Bar of California; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Interests: Law and society; crime and deviance; social movements; law and public policy; criminal justice reform; women's rights activism; human rights; migration; sex, gender and the law

Publications and Presentations


“Victims, Villains and Valiant Rescuers: Unpacking Socio-Legal Constructions of Human Trafficking and Crimmigration in Popular Culture.” Book chapter in Trafficking of Human Beings, Crimmigration Control International Net of Studies (forthcoming).

“Raids, Rescues, and Resistance: Women’s Rights and Thailand’s Response to Human Trafficking,” Ch. 7, Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism, Carisa Showden and Samantha Majic, Eds., University of Minnesota Press (2014)

“Securitizing Sex, Bodies and Borders: The Resonance of Human Security in Thailand’s ‘War Against Human Trafficking.’” Ch. 4, Gender, Violence and Human Security: Critical Feminist Perspectives, Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig, Eds., New York University Press (2013).

“Appropriations for the Abolitionists: Undermining Effects of the U.S. Mandatory Anti-Prostitution Pledge in the Fight Against Human Trafficking and HIV/AIDS,” 21 Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice 158-194 (2006), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1478667

Conference Presentations

Law and Society Association, 2013 Annual Meeting, Panel Organizer, Prostitution in Precarious Times: Socio- Legal Explorations of the Politics, Practice and Policing of Commercial Sex and Sex Trafficking, Presentation, “Policing, Protectionism, and Prevention: Prostitution, Sexual Delinquency and the Politics of Victimhood in Human Trafficking Campaigns.”

Western Society of Criminology, 2013, Panel, Carceral Politics and Policy: Analyzing Prison, Inside and Out Presentation, “Governing through Sex Crime: Carceral Politics in Campaigns Against Human Trafficking”

Crimmigration Control Conference, “Social Control and Justice: Crimmigration in an Age of Fear,” CINETS, October 11-12, 2012, University of Coimbra, Portugal, Presentation, “Victims, Villains and Valiant Rescuers: Unpacking Socio-Legal Constructions of Human Trafficking and Crimmigration in Popular Culture”

American Sociological Association, 2012 Annual Meeting, International Migration Roundtable: Refugee Statuses, Presentation, “Migration, Sex and Insecurity: Advocacy and Framing Legal Claims of Trafficked Persons, Refugees and Economic Migrants,”

Law and Society Association, 2012 Annual Meeting, Panel, Trafficking: A Human Rights Violation Presentation, “Unpacking Sociolegal Constructions of Human Trafficking in Popular Culture”

American Political Science Association, 2011 Annual Conference, Panel, Women’s Rights, Empowerment, and Global Justice, Presentation, “Victim or Villain? The Sexual Politics of Victims’ Rights and Migrants’ Rights in the ‘War on Trafficking’”

American Sociological Association, 2011 Annual Meeting, Panel, Gender and Human Security Presentation, “Securitizing Sex, Bodies and Borders: Feminist Governance, Strategic Framing, and the Politics of Rights in Thailand’s War Against Human Trafficking”

Law and Society Association, 2011 Annual Meeting, Panel, Regulating Bodies; Regulating Borders Presentation, “Sex, Crime and Security: Rights and Wrongs in the Implementation of Anti-Trafficking and Immigration Laws in Thailand and the Greater Mekong Subregion”

American Political Science Association, 2010 Annual Conference, Panel, Gender-Based Violence Presentation, “Securitizing Sexuality in Thailand: Local and International Feminist Governance in the Movement Against Human Trafficking”

Law and Society Association, 2010 Annual Meeting, Panel, Sexual Violence, Sex Trafficking, and Sex Work, Presentation, “Carceral Feminism and the Governance of Masculinity: Mobilizing Criminal Laws against Sexual Violence and Commercial Sexual Exploitation”

New Perspectives on Gender and Human Security Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 19-20, 2010, Invited Presentation and Travel Award Winner, “Securitizing Sex, Bodies, and Borders: Feminist Governance, Strategic Framing, and the Politics of Rights in Thailand’s War Against Human Trafficking”

Law and Society Association, 2009 Annual Meeting, Panel, Seeking Rights, Seeking Justice Presentation, “Contested Interventions: Women’s Rights and Criminal Injustice in Thailand’s War Against Human Trafficking”

Co-authored “Enforcing Agreements and Facing Liability Abroad,” by Michael Traynor and Edith Kinney, Presentation, 4th Annual Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices Conference, June 2006, Stanford Law School

International Conference on Transborder Issues in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region, Mekong Sub-Regional Social Research Center, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand, June–July 2005, Panel Moderator, Sex Trade, Gender and Sexuality, Presentation, “Legal Victims: Sex Trafficking and the Construction of Gender, Borders and Victimhood”

Roundtable of Women’s Advocacy Groups and Civic Leaders, Yonok College, Lampang, Thailand, Presentation, “Expanding Gender-Based Activism: Using Violence Against Women Frameworks to Address the Trafficking of Thai, Burmese, and Laos Migrant Women”

Law and Society Association, 2004 Annual Meeting, Panel, Sex Work Paradigms: Anti-Trafficking Reforms, Gender Violence, and Labor Rights, Presentation, “The Sexual Politics of Globalizing Human Rights: Tracing the Trajectory of Anti-Trafficking Reforms”

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Work and Research Experience

Research Assistant, Project on the Role of Law in Promoting Sexual Health and Rights, World Health Organization, July 2009–May 2010
Analyzed the sexual rights dimensions of international and U.S. policies and laws criminalizing human trafficking, Compiled model anti-trafficking laws for WHO publication targeting global audience of policy makers, public health providers, and advocacy organizations, Assessed access to sexual health services and rights of intersex individuals in selected European nations, Identified implementation case studies to illustrate barriers to the realization of sexual health and sexual rights

Summer Associate, Associate, Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP, San Francisco, CA, May 2007–August 2007, September 2008–January 2009
Performed legal research and writing on disability discrimination, employment disputes, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, immigration, and asylum claims, Advocated for pro bono clients in eviction defense, immigration, domestic violence cases, and visa applications

Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, Legal Studies Department, August 2002–December 2007
Led discussion sections and developed lesson plans, exams, and course curriculum for courses addressing law, politics, and society, Lectured on the politics of development in international relations; public health, HIV/AIDS prevention, and reproductive health programs; and the role of human rights and women’s rights advocacy organizations in domestic policy reforms and international law

Summer Associate, Simpson Thacher and Bartlett, LLP, Palo Alto, CA, May 2006–August 2006
Completed research and writing on legal questions regarding civil rights claims, mental disability class action suit, evidentiary standards, patent disputes, and complex commercial litigation, Attended court hearings, client conferences, and interviews with expert witnesses

Fulbright Fellow, Thailand, October 2004–August 2005
“Legal Activism, Law Enforcement, and Social Reform in Transnational Initiatives Against Human Trafficking,” Conducted independent field research on the implementation of rights-based initiatives against transnational crime and human trafficking in Thailand and the Greater Mekong Sub-Region, Interviewed local, national, and international law enforcement officials, UN officials, and non-profit advocates regarding human rights and women’s rights reforms in legal services, courts, immigration detention centers, health clinics and child protective services, Volunteer English Instructor at sex workers’ rights and empowerment NGO

Equal Justice America Summer Fellow, SSI Legal Advocate, Public Benefits General Assistance Advocacy Project, San Francisco, CA, June 2002–August 2002
Represented homeless/marginally housed clients at hearings and appeals before administrative judges, Negotiated with county and federal caseworkers regarding client discontinuances or denials, Supervised disability cases through client screening, interviews, counseling, and collection of medical and psychiatric evidence for Supplemental Security Income applications

Research Assistant, W.K. Kellogg Welfare Devolution InitiativeHarvard Family Research Project, June 2000–August 2001
Tracked and analyzed public health and welfare legislation, lobbying, and policy developments in five states; Created database for content analysis of health and welfare reform publications; Interviewed local, state, and national legislators on collaborative welfare reform initiatives; Evaluated national and local NGOs organizing low-income, minority community groups for health care reform

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Mills College
Pre-Law Advisor
Institutional Research Office–General Education (2011) and Critical Thinking (2012) Assessment Projects
Faculty Advisor for student groups: Phi Alpha Delta, Council on Legal Education Opportunity, and the Roosevelt Institute

Professional Membership

American Sociological Association
Law and Society Association
American Political Science Association
International Studies Association
American Society of Criminology
Sociologists for Women in Society
American Bar Association
California Bar Association

Awards and Activities

Mills College
Recipient of Pearl M. Award, Honorary Member of Mills Class of 2013
Nominated for Mills’ first Outstanding Faculty Award (2013)
Faculty Course Development Grant, 2011, 2012
Quigley Summer Research Grant, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Department, 2012

University of California, Berkeley
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, 2007–2008
Commentary Editor, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice, 2005–2006
Prosser Prize, Writing Seminar for Social Justice Journals, Fall 2005
Fulbright Fellowship, Thailand, 2004–2005
Equal Justice Works Public Interest Fellowship, 2002
Jurisprudence and Social Policy, Full Fellowship 2001–2002
Law and Society Association Member
Jurisprudence and Social Policy, Chair, Social Programs
Berkeley Women’s Law Journal, Fall 2005 “Women and Migration” Symposium

Baylor University
Phi Beta Kappa
Highest Ranking Student in College of Arts and Sciences (1 of 1138), Spring 1999
National Merit Scholar, full four-year merit-based fellowship
Honors Program Graduate with Distinction, Independent Research and Thesis
Golden Key International Honor Society
Baylor in Thailand Study Abroad Program

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