Krista Benson is a PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Associate at the Ohio State University in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her current project, The Kids Who Are(n’t) There: Indigenous Youth, Child Removal, and Juvenile Detention, examines the ways in which heteropatriarchal gender norms are imposed on Native children through the system of “in state care,” including children educated in compulsory state education, those fostered outside of tribal families, and those with contact with the juvenile justice system.
She has taught, assisted in teaching, and lectured on career readiness, career preparation, feminist spirituality, poststructural/queer theory, sexuality studies, feminist social movements, and feminist theory. Prior to reentering academia, she worked in the non-profit, public service, and higher education areas of eastern Washington on and off for the last ten years and currently juggles teaching,working with interdisciplinary academic groups, participating in teaching development through student affairs, and her research project.
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