- 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
- 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
- Reproductive Loss: Challenges to LGBTQ Family-Making, in “Gender and Sexualities in Psychology” Book Series (Elizabeth Peel and Elizabeth Stokoe, eds.) with Routledge Press.
Companion Website: https://www.lgbtqreproductiveloss.org/
- 2018 Interview, “AnthroBites: Feminist Anthropology” with Siobhán McGuirk for AnthroBites: The Society of Cultural Anthropology (SCA) Podcast, Cultural Anthropology website, March 15, 2018, https://culanth.org/fieldsights/1322-anthrobites-feminist-anthropology
- 2018 Interview “How Do We Turn This into a Teachable Moment for Our Children? Talking about #MeToo with Your Child,” American Magazine, April 2018, http://www.american.edu/magazine/article/of-me-we-sing.cfm
- 2017 Interview about my research on LGBTQ reproductive loss on “Kaddish: A Podcast on Death & Mourning” with Ariana Katz. “A Container Big Enough to Hold Us” in the Series “Queer Families, Queer Mourning” released February 15, 2017, https://soundcloud.com/user-544994582/episode-5-a-container-big-enough-to-hold-us and full transcript at http://www.kaddishpodcast.com/blog/2017/2/15/transcript-of-episode-5
- 2016 Feminist Ethnography: Thinking Through Methodologies, Challenges & Possibilities. Textbook, Dána-Ain Davis and Christa Craven. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Press. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780759122444/Feminist-Ethnography-Thinking-through-Methodologies-Challenges-and-Possibilities
- 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 Movement. Temple 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.
- 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