Krista Benson, Ph.D.

Full CV (PDF, updated 12/2017)


Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, US
August 2017-present


PhD, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US
Dissertation: “Generations of Removal: Child Removal of Native Children in Eastern Washington State Through Compulsory Education, Foster Care, Adoption, and Juvenile Justice”

Graduate-Level Coursework in Communication Studies
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, US
Focus in Intercultural Communication and Instructional Communication

Master’s of Arts with Honours; Women’s Studies and Feminist Research
University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Thesis: “Ready? Ok!: Radical Cheerleading and the Public Sphere”

Bachelor’s of Arts; Major: Sociology, Concentration: Women’s Studies
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, US
Minors: Philosophy and Political Science


Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Kinship Interrupted: Indigenous Adoptees, Kinship Formation, and Identity Among Transnationally-Adopted First Nations Adoptees After the Sixties Scoop for Feminist Studies, “Indigenous Feminist Politics in Settler Contexts” special issue. (Under Review)

Decolonial Prison Abolition Praxis and Theory in A Gathering of Spirit for Critical Ethnic Studies, “Solidarities of Nonalignment: Abolition, Decolonization and Anti-Capitalism” special issue. (Under Review)

Kinship Interrupted: Indigenous Adoptees, Kinship Formation, and Identity after the Indian Adoption Project for Feminist Studies, “Indigenous Feminist Politics in Settler Contexts” issue. (Under Review)

Indigenous Reproductive Justice after Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (2013) in Transnational Perspectives of Sexual and Reproductive Rights, edited by Tanya Saroj Bakhru. London: Routledge. (Under Contract)

“‘They Say I’m Gonna Be Their Little Girl”: The Co-Creation of the Dangerous Queer and the Racialized Rapeable Subject” in Beyond Scared Straight” in Sexuality, Human Rights and Public Policy-An Interdisciplinary Perspective, edited by Chima Korieh. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. (Under Contract)

(2017). Tensions of Subjectivity: The Instability of Queer Polyamorous Identity and Community. Sexualities, 20 (1-2), 24-40.

Edited Work, Roundtable Submissions, and Book Reviews

Book Review: Beyond Settler Time: Temporal Sovereignty and Indigenous Self-Determination, Mark Rifkin. Feminist Theory. (Forthcoming)

(2018, forthcoming). Invited contribution for “Mapping Gendered Violence Roundtable” for Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, “Mapping Gendered Violence” issue, edited by Anastasia Christou. (Under Contract)

(2017). Kristen Kolentz, Krista Benson, Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (eds.). “Combahee River Collective Statement: A 40th anniversary retrospective.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, 38(3), 164-189.

(2014). Book Review: Occupy! Scenes from an Occupied America. Human Geography, 7(1), 121-123.

Popular Media

Feminism 101: What do feminists think of burkinis?,” by Avital Norman Nathman,, September 5, 2016.

Ask A Raging Feminist: Women share their “If Donald Trump becomes president’ plans,” by Avital Norman Nathman, March 9. 2016.

“Interview with Christopher Emdin and Hip Hop in Education,” interview by Krista Benson, Writer’s Talk. WBCE/90.5 FM. February 21, 2013.

“Interview with Hannah Rosin: The End of Men and the Rise of Women,” interview by Krista Benson, Writer’s Talk. WBCE/90.5 FM. November 21, 2012.


Assistant Professor
Grand Valley State University, Department of Liberal Studies
August 2017-present

Graduate Teaching Fellow
The Ohio State University, Department of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
August 2016-May 2017

Graduate Teaching Assistant/Instructor of Record
The Ohio State University, Department of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
August 2012-August 2016

Teacher Orientation Facilitator (summers only)
The Ohio State University, University Center for Advancement of Teaching
August 2013-2016

Eastern Washington University, Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Career Services
March 2010-June 2012


Grand Valley State University

  • LIB 201  – Diversity in the United States (conventional: Fall 2017; hybrid: Fall 2017)
  • LIB 325 – LGBTQ Identities (Fall 2017)
  • ITC 100 – Introduction to Intercultural Competence (Winter 2018)

The Ohio State University

  • WGSS 1110 – Gender, Sex, & Power; Instructor of Record (Spring 2013), Recitation Leader (Autumn 2012)
  • WGSS 2282 – Introduction to Queer Studies; Instructor of Record (Autumn 2013, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016)
  • WGSS 2350 – Women and Violence: Feminist Perspectives on Violence; Instructor of Record (online: Autumn 2014)
  • WGSS 2367.01 – Reading U.S. Women Writers: Text and Context; Instructor of Record (Spring 2014; Online: Summer 2016)
  • WGSS 2367.04 – Reading Black Women Writers: Text and Context; Instructor of Record (Summer 2014; Online: Spring 2015, Summer 2015)

Eastern Washington University

  • WOMS 310 – Issues in Feminism; Lecturer (Autumn 2011)
  • CRSV 201 – Career Development; Lecturer (Spring 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012)


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