• B.A., New College, Florida 1997
  • M.A., American University 2000
  • Ph.D., American University 2003
Areas of Interest

Feminist Ethnography; Reproductive Politics; Midwifery and Homebirth Activism; Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer Reproduction; Reproductive Loss; Transnational Feminist Activism; Feminist Pedagogy

Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Introduction to WGSS
  • Queer Lives
  • Transnational Feminisms
  • Global Politics of Reproduction
  • Globalizing Health (team-taught with Dr. Thomas Tierney)
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Doing Feminist Research: Theory & Practice
  • WGSS Senior Seminar: Feminist Pedagogy in Action



  • 2016 Women’s/Feminist Activism, Canada and the United States.  The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Nancy Naples, ed., Vol. 5, pp 1-7. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 2016  Infertility and Reproductive Loss.  The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies, Abbie E. Goldberg, ed., pp. 584-587.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • 2014 Stories of Grief and Hope: Queer Experiences of Pregnancy Loss (with Elizabeth Peel).  In Queering Motherhood: Narrative and Theoretical Perspectives, Margaret Gibson, ed., pp. 97-110.  Ontario: Demeter Press.
  • 2013 Feminist Activist Ethnography: Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America.  Edited collection, Christa Craven & Dána-Ain Davis, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.  https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739176368/Feminist-Activist-Ethnography-Counterpoints-to-Neoliberalism-in-North-America
  • 2011 Revisiting Feminist Ethnography: Methods and Activism at the Intersection of Neoliberal Policy in the U.S. (co-authored with Dána-Ain Davis). Feminist Formations (formerly National Women’s Studies Association Journal) 23(2): 190-208, Summer 2011.
  • 2010 “Downplaying Difference: Historical Accounts of African American Midwives and Contemporary Struggles for Midwifery” (co-authored with Mara Glatzel, Wooster Alumna ’07). Feminist Studies, Summer 2010.
  • 2010  Pushing for Midwives: Homebirth Mothers and the Reproductive Rights MovementTemple University Press, Philadelphia.
  • 2007 A “Consumer’s Right” to Choose a Midwife: Shifting Meanings for Reproductive Rights Under Neoliberalism. American Anthropologist 109(4): 701-712.
  • 2005 Claiming Respectable American Motherhood: Homebirth Mothers, Medical Officials, and the State. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 19(2): 194-215.
Professional Affiliations
  • American Anthropological Association, 1995-Present (AAA Governance Commission 2005-2007)
  • Association for Feminist Anthropology, 1995-Present
  • Council on Anthropology and Reproduction, 1999-Present
  • Association for Queer Anthropology (formerly, Society of Lesbian & Gay Anthropologists), 1999-Present, (Co-Chair 2004-2005)
  • National Women’s Studies Association, 2005-Present