Kristen D. Gleason
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Gleason’s current research focuses on understanding the issues surrounding the crime of human trafficking as it occurs in Hawai`i. She is interested in exploring the local context in which both labor and sex trafficking occur in the islands. Using discourse analytic methods, she is examining the multiple ways in which the idea of human trafficking is conceptualized and the impact this has on local efforts to address the problem. With a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, she is also interested in the importance of considering culture when designing, funding, and implementing social service policy and interventions.