Ayanna  Yonemura Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Ayanna Yonemura

Ayanna is currently writing her second book, Women, Wars and Public Policies: from Hostile Shores to Storming Seas (forthcoming from Routledge in 2022). A fourth generation Californian who has worked in Europe, Africa, and Asia, Ayanna’s research examines race, public policy and human rights from a global and feminist perspective. Ayanna is past recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships and currently lives in Sacramento where she serves on the Board of Directors of My Sister's House.


My earliest reflections about racism, nationalism and policy were during the early 1990s when Germany suffered from historic violence including multiple attacks on housing for people seeking asylum. During those years, I researched and wrote an undergraduate thesis on Germany’s political asylum policy. The racist nationalism of those years complicated the plights of people seeking refuge in a country where neither the policies nor much of the populous were welcoming.

Most of my writing is about racism, public policy and urban planning from a feminist perspective, but I've also drafted a memoir, "I Forgot to Go on Safari," about two years living in Kenya with my (dearly departed) dog, Mickey. Why go on safari when you live with an animal?

We moved to Nairobi from Los Angeles right before the 2013 Kenyan elections when both of the front running presidential candidates were facing ICC charges for crimes against humanity. My favorite place for grading students' papers was a cafe in Westgate Shopping Mall until terrorists attacked it in September 2013.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    My writing looks at race, public policy and urban planning from feminist and international perspectives. I am working on my second book which is tentatively titled Women, Wars and Public Policies.  As with my first book, Race, Nation, War, I aim to shed light on migration and security debates. Women, Wars and Public Policies compares experiences of Japanese American women during WWII with those of women forced away from their homes during the so-called war on terror.

Personal Interests

    My ideas of fun include running along the river with my puppy, Pete, and reading novels.

    I'm currently obsessed with the crime drama series, Modus and Unforgotten, and I've watched The Tunnel and Downton Abbey around thirty-two times each. Edith is the best dressed, but I wouldn't invite her or Mary over for dinner.


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Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, Blog

"Teaching and Living Totalitarianism in a World Heritage Site"

Published: Jul 08, 2017 by Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, Blog
Authors: Ayanna Yonemura
Subjects: Built Environment, History, Museum and Heritage Studies , Area Studies, Urban Planning, Urban Studies

When UNESCO designated Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, a World Heritage Site in 2017, I took the opportunity to reflect on my time as a Fulbrighter in this beautiful city. I taught about totalitarianism in my Modern World History class at the University of Asmara while living under the totalitarian regime which still rules Eritrea. From left to right in the photo: An Eritrean marine biologists, name unknown; author; Dr. Gordon Sato

Journal of Asian American Studies

Book Review of The Politics of Fieldwork: Research in an American Concentration Camp

Published: Jun 08, 2000 by Journal of Asian American Studies
Authors: Ayanna Yonemura
Subjects: History, Sociology & Social Policy, Anthropology - Soc Sci

This is a book review of Lane Hirabayashi's The Politics of Fieldwork: Research in an American Concentration Camp.


Speaking at OCA-GLA's Event on "Asian Pacific Americans for Black Lives," Tuesday, Aug 25, 6 pm

By: Ayanna Yonemura

OCA Asian Pacific American Advoacates of Greater Los Angeles is hosting a discussion on "Asian Pacific Americans for Black Lives."

Upcoming Speaker Engagement: UCLA, May 5, 2019 (time & room tba)

By: Ayanna Yonemura

The event is co-sponsored by the Urban Planning and Asian American Studies Departments.

Upcoming “African Americans & Asian Americans” course at UC Davis

By: Ayanna Yonemura
Subjects: History, Sociology, Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Urban Studies

This fall, I will be teaching “African Americans & Asian Americans” again at UC Davis. The course was wonderfully last winter. It was a small, seminar style class with students, from departments all over campus, who were very interested in the topic.

The course focuses comparing African American and Asian Americans including shared histories, tensions and commitments. Students examine course topics, such as public policy, popular culture and families, via interactive assignments and reading-centered discussions. Mr. Darrel Woo, Trustee of the Sacramento Unified School District, and Dr. John Johnson, Director of CSU Sacramento‘s Centers for Diversity and Inclusion, are confirmed as guest speakers. 

New Role, 2019-2020

By: Ayanna Yonemura

This fall, I look forward to joining the University of California Davis' Women of Color/Non-Binary People of Color Scholars Inclusion Project as Visiting Faculty Fellow.