Christa Craven

Christa Craven

Associate Professor; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Department/Affiliation: Sociology and Anthropology, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Phone: 330-263-2283
Office Address: 008 Kauke


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

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
  • Transnational Network on Women's Issues, 2008-Present


  • 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


Christa Craven is the Chair of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and Associate Professor of WGSS and Anthropology at the College of Wooster. She received her B.A. New College of Florida (1997), M.A. (2000) and Ph.D. (2003) from American University. Craven’s research interests include women’s health & reproductive justice, lesbian/gay/bi/trans/queer reproduction, midwifery activism, feminist ethnography & activist scholarship, and feminist pedagogy. She is the author of Pushing for Midwives: Homebirth Mothers and the Reproductive Rights Movement (Temple University Press, 2010) and a textbook with Dána-Ain Davis, Feminist Ethnography: Thinking Through Methodologies, Challenges & Possibilities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).  Craven and Davis also published an edited collection entitled Feminist Activist Ethnography: Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America (Lexington Books, 2013).  Craven is currently working on a new project interviewing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-, and queer families about pregnancy, adoption, and loss.  She has served on the American Anthropological Association’s Governance Commission (2005-2007), is the past co-chair of the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (2004-2005; now the Association for Queer Anthropology), and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Program Administrators and Directors (PA&D) for the National Women’s Studies Association. She teaches Introduction to WGSS, Transnational Feminisms, Queer Lives, Doing Feminist Research: Theory & Practice, Feminist Pedagogy in Action, Introduction to Anthropology, Ethnographic Research, Global Politics of Reproduction, and Globalizing Health (with Dr. Tom Tierney in Sociology).