Christa Craven

Christa Craven

Dean for Faculty Development, Professor - Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Sociology and Anthropology

Office: Galpin
Phone: 330-263-2576
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


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

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

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • 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
Reproductive Losses: Challenges to LGBTQ Family-Making by Christa Craven


  • 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:
  • 2018 Interview, “AnthroBites: Feminist Anthropology” with Siobhán McGuirk for AnthroBites: The Society of Cultural Anthropology (SCA) Podcast, Cultural Anthropology website, March 15, 2018,
  • 2018 Interview “How Do We Turn This into a Teachable Moment for Our Children?  Talking about #MeToo with Your Child,” American Magazine, April 2018,
  • 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, and full transcript at
  • 2016 Feminist Ethnography: Thinking Through Methodologies, Challenges & Possibilities. Textbook, Dána-Ain Davis and Christa Craven. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Press.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Research Interests

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