Associate Professor of Geography
Lieba Faier received her Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz in 2003. Her first book, Intimate Encounters: Filipina Women and the Remaking of Rural Japan (University of California Press, 2009) is an ethnography of cultural encounters among Filipina migrants and their Japanese families and communities in rural Nagano. She is currently involved in two research projects. The first is an ethnographic study--funded by an SSRC Abe Fellowship--of recent collaborations among NGOs, government agencies, and international organizations to fight human trafficking in Japan, the Philippines, and the United States. Her second research project is part of a collaborative study of global matsutake commodity chains. For the project, she is exploring the roles of weather and climate in matsutake trade. Prior to coming to UCLA, Faier held postdoctoral fellowships at UC San Diego and Cornell University. She also received fellowships from Fulbright IIE, Fulbright-Hays, and the Wenner-Gren foundation. Her interests include social theory, feminist thought, migration, global political economics, human rights, and weather and natural resources. Her work focuses on rural-urban relations in Japan and on relations between Japan, the Philippines (and Southeast Asia), and the United States.