Welcome to the personal website of Kris Coffield, a leading anti-human-trafficking and education activist, government relations specialist, and independent scholar living in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Kris Coffield is Executive Director of IMUAlliance, a nonpartisan political action group devoted to advancing educational opportunity, economic equality, and human rights. One of Hawai’i’s leading anti-human-trafficking activists and victim service providers, he also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of UNITE Hawai’i, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing sex trafficking through education. A dynamic and experienced Government Relations and Development Specialist, he works professionally as a government relations specialist for the Hawai’i State Teachers Association. Through his work with IMUAlliance and HSTA, he has successfully partnered with Hawai’i lawmakers to enact some of the most significant policy changes of the last decade.
Coffield is also editor of Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events has recently been published in World History Connected, Ishaan Literary Review, Evental Aesthetics, and Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. He is currently completing his first book on object-oriented ontology and international security entitled Foreign Objects, as well as a collection of academic interviews called Fine Points.
Seventeen years ago, the United States was shaken by planes crashing into pillars of American exceptionalism. Now, our nation is struggling through the equally unyielding terror of the Trump presidency. These two events–the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. skyline and the Trump administration’s assault on American institutions–are as entwined as the interlocking loops of a …
Buried in Levi Bryant’s brilliant posts at Larval Subjects is this gem from a discussion of Whiteheadian flaws: It starts from the premise that everything is related, and thereby undermines the most interesting ontological insight and questions. That insight is the insight that how things are related is contingent (other assemblages are always possible). That question …
I just revisited the critically acclaimed film Crash (2004), in which racial tensions are unveiled as contingently operational. Racism animated in one location redounds throughout society as an eternal recurrence, prompting one act of violence after another. In the scene above, Jean Cabot, wife of local district attorney Rick Cabot, shouts derogatory racial stereotypes about Hispanic locksmith Daniel Ruiz, …
Kris Coffield advocates for socioeconomic equality, educational opportunity, and human rights. He has authored some of Hawai’i’s most progressive legislation, including the state’s sex trafficking ban (Act 206, 2016), revenge porn ban (Act 116, 2014), universal single-payer healthcare proposal (SB 1199, 2017), and an advanced biofuels pilot project initiative (SB 237, 2017). He has also drafted over twenty bills for the Hawai’i State Teachers Association, including the union’s constitutional amendment measures to improve education funding (SB 683 and SB 686, 2017) and Schools Our Keiki Deserve Act (SB 2586, 2016). He currently serves with the organizations listed below.
IMUAlliance, Founder and Executive Director
UNITE Hawai’i, Chairman of the Board
Hawai’i State Teachers Association, Government Relations Consultant
Stop the Sale Project, Freedom Director
Democratic Party of Hawai’i, Precinct 49-01 Vice President