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Erin M.
All But Dissertation


Erin Kamler is an American composer, writer, musician and scholar who tells the stories of women. A Ph.D. candidate at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Erin’s research focuses on using the arts as a tool for political communication. Her dissertation project engages a study of the trafficking of women in Thailand and critiques the State Department-driven anti-trafficking movement through the lens of culture and feminist international relations. Conversationally fluent in the Thai language, Erin has conducted qualitative fieldwork with anti-trafficking NGOs, government actors, female migrants and trafficking survivors. Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in music composition from Sarah Lawrence College, a Masters in Public Diplomacy and a Masters in Communication Arts from USC’s Annenberg School. She is a recipient of the USC Graduate School’s prestigious Research Enhancement Fellowship and she currently serves as a New Directions Scholar at the USC Center for Feminist Research. In 2014-15 she will work as an Affiliated Research at Chiang Mai University, examining the trafficking of Kachin women as “forced brides” along the Burma-China border. Erin is married to the American theater producer Rick Culbertson. To learn more about her work visit