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Krista Benson, M.A., A.B.D.
PhD Candidate
The Ohio State University
benson (d0t) 150 (at) osu (dot) edu

EDUCATION

PhD, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US
Expected Graduation: August 2017
“The Kids Who Are(n’t) There: Indigenous Youth, Child Removal, and Juvenile Detention”
Dissertation Committee: Drs. Mary Thomas, Shannon Winnubst, Daniel Rivers

Master’s of Arts with Honours; Women’s Studies and Feminist Research
University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Graduated: December 2005
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
Graduated: December 2001
Thesis (Sociology): “Failing at Family: Homeless Youth & Pseudo-Familial Structures”
Thesis (Women’s Studies): “When Madness Looks Like Me: Gendered Production of Insanity”

PUBLICATIONS

In Progress 

Undoing Sovereignty: How Native Children Became “Children of Color” in the Juvenile Justice System

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

Peer-Reviewed

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

Edited Roundtables

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

Invited Book Chapters

“‘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 (Forthcoming from Fairleigh Dickinson University Press).

Book Reviews

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

Popular Media Interviews

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

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

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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

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

Teacher’s Assistant
Gonzaga University, Department of Women’s Studies
January 2002-June 2003

COURSES TAUGHT

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 (Autumn 2014)
  • WGSS 2367.01 – Reading U.S. Women Writers: Text and Context; Instructor of Record (Spring 2014, Summer 2016)
  • WGSS 2367.04 – Reading Black Women Writers: Text and Context; Instructor of Record (Summer 2014; 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)

Gonzaga University

  • WGST 401 – Feminist Theory; Teaching Assistant (Spring 2002)
  • WGST 499 – Women’s Studies Capstone: Feminist Philosophy/Spirituality; Teaching Assistant (Spring 2003)

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Research Grants

Ohio State University Arts & Humanities Small Research Grant, Mar. 2016
Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU Small Grant, Mar. 2015
Ohio State University Arts & Sciences Small Research Grant, Sept. 2014
OSU Criminal Justice Research Center Graduate Student Summer Research Grant, May 2014
Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Graduate Student Research Grant, May 2014
Elizabeth D. Gee Grants for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Research, April 2014

Travel Grants

National Organizations

Baxter Travel Grant, American Studies Association, Oct. 2016
Graduate Student Travel Grant, National Women’s Studies Association, June 2014

University-Level Grants

Career Development Grant OSU Council of Graduate Students, Mar. 2016
Ray Travel Grant for Service, OSU Council of Graduate Students, Mar. 2016
Ray Travel Grant for Service, July 2014

Departmental or Unit Grants

OSU Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Travel Grant, 2013-2015
OSU Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies International Travel Grant, Feb. 2015
Diversity & Identity Studies at OSU Travel Grant, Feb. 2014

Awards

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Honorable Mention, Mar. 2016
Graduate Assistant Teaching Award, Ohio State University Graduate Studies, Mar. 2016
OSU University Housing Annual Faculty & Academic Partner Award, Apr. 2014
Common Differences Writing Award, Graduate Student, $75, 2014
Community Partner Recognition Award, OutSpokane, Feb. 2006

Program Grants

Associated Students of Eastern Washington University Executive Committee, $3,200; September 2011
Eastern Washington University Mini-Grant, Weaving the Threads Women’s Empowerment, $1,200; March 2011
Washington Campus Compact Mini-Grant, $2,500; June 2010
Eastern Washington University Tech Fee Grant, Banner Feed to Symplicity CSM, $4,000; May 2010
Eastern Washington University Mini-Grant, Work It! Career Conference, $1,100;March 2010
Washington Campus Compact Mini-Grant, $3,000; June 2009
OutSpokane Pride Grant, $4,000; June 2006

RESEARCH ASSISTANT AND JOURNAL EDITING EXPERIENCE

Editorial Assistant
Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies
May 2016-August 2017

Graduate Administrative Assistant
Diversity & Identity Studies Collective at OSU
August 2013-May 2016

Graduate Research Assistant
Dr. Lynn Itagaki
May 2013-March 2016

Graduate Research Assistant
Dr. Devin Fergus
May 2015-March 2016

Summer Research Intern
The Kirwan Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity
June 2013-August 2013

 SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Conference Presentations: Panels Organized

Presenter, Panel Organizer, “Failing at Family, Taken from Home: Native Youth Removal Through Juvenile Justice, Adoption, and Education” – American Studies Association: Denver, CO.  November 17-20, 2016.

Presenter, Roundtable Co-Organizer. “Performing Failure: Unsettling Academic Narratives of Merit and Success.” Roundtable with Qwo-Li Driskill, Alison Kafer, Cael Keegan (co-organizer), and Kimberly McKee– National Women’s Studies Association: Montreal, November 10-13, 2016.

Presenter, Panel Organizer. “Constraining the Native Queer: Imposition of Heteronormativity on Native Youth Through Settler Education and Juvenile Justice” – National Women’s Studies Association: Milwaukee, WI. November 12-15, 2015.

Presenter, Panel Organizer. “Never Have To Answer ‘When Are You Available For An Appointment? Again: Best Practices in the Use of NACElink CSM” – NACELink/Symplicity National Symposium: Las Vegas, NV. June 13, 2012.

Training/Workshop Facilitation

Co-Facilitator with Kimberly McKee. “Online Public Intellectual Work Through Social Media” – Digital Humanities @ Guelph Summer Institute, Guelph, ON. May 8-11, 2017.

Invited Co-Facilitator with Theresa Posakony. “Creating Pathways for Community Partnership in Sexual Assault Advocacy & Prevention” – Executive Training at the 2008 Manager’s Institute for the Washington Coalition for Sexual Assault Prevention: Spokane, WA, USA. May 18, 2008.

Conference Presentations: Presenter

Presenter, “The Precarity of ‘In State Care’ – Relating Juvenile Justice and Compulsory Education of Spokane, Kalispel, and Confederated Colville Youth” – Native American and Indigenous Studies Association: Honolulu, HI. May 18-21, 2016.

Presenter. “The Precarity of ‘In State Care’ – Fostering, Juvenile Justice, and Compulsory Education” – National Women’s Studies Association: Milwaukee, WI. November 12-15, 2015.

Presenter. “Kill the Indian to Save the Child: Settler State Education and Juvenile Justice Systems as Colonial Projects” – Critical Ethnic Studies Association: Toronto, ON. April 30-May 3, 2015.

Panelist. “The Experiences of Women of Color in WGSS Graduate Programs: An Open Discussion.” Roundtable with Sierra Austin, Denise Delgado, Kimberly McKee, and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu– National Women’s Studies Association: San Juan, PR. November 13-16, 2014.

Presenter. “Dangerous Sexual Non-Citizens: Trans* Youth in the Juvenile Justice System” – National Women’s Studies Association: San Juan, PR. November 13-16, 2014.

Presenter. “‘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” – Queer Practices, Places, and Lives II: Columbus, OH. May 16-17, 2014.

Presenter. “‘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” – Sexuality, Public Policy, and Human Rights Conference: Milwaukee, WI. April 23-24, 2014.

Presenter. “Ready? Ok!: Radical Cheerleading and the Habermasian Public Sphere” – Postgraduate Women’s Studies Conference, University of Manchester: Manchester, UK. May 5, 2005.

Presenter. “Wearing Hearts Upon Our Sleeves: History of the Western Tattooed Female Body” – Postgraduate History Conference, University of Manchester: Manchester, UK. March 4, 2005.

Conference Presentations: Moderator/Chair/Facilitator

Session Chair, “Getting Physical: Bodies in Motion” – Native American and Indigenous Studies Association: Honolulu, HI. May 18-21, 2016.

Moderator. “Refiguring Normativity: Rethinking the Role of the Nation in Regulating Desirable Subjectivities and Possibilities for Resistance” – National Women’s Studies Association: San Juan, PR. November 13-16, 2014.

Discussant. “Body Politics Paper Workshop” – Transnational Feminisms Summer Institute: Columbus, OH. July 7-11, 2014.

Discussion Chair. “Pragmatist Ecologies” – Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy: Spokane, WA. March 12, 2011.

Invited Academic Presentations

Panelist, “A Celebration of Feminist Publishing Roundtable and Frontiers at OSU,” Ohio State University, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies: Columbus, OH. April 3, 2017.

Guest Instructor, “Cathy Cohen’s New Left Coalitional Politics and Coalition Workshop,” Eastern Washington University Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Course: Sex and Gender: Cheney, WA. May 21, 2015.

Guest Instructor, “Gender As Inscribed On the Body,” Eastern Washington University Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Course: Issues in Women’s and Gender Studies: Spokane, WA. January 27, 2015.

Panelist, “Militarization of Civilian Police Forces” – In #BlackLivesMatter Teach-In: Public Safety and Criminal Justice panel, Eastern Washington University: Cheney, WA. January 16, 2015.

Presenter, “Gender/Sexuality: It’s a Tricky Maze” – Ohio State University, Morrill Residence Hall Faculty Speaker Series. September 28, 2014.

Presenter, “Locked Up and Locked Out: The Criminalization of LGBT Youth” – Ohio State University, Delta Xi Phi Cultural Event Series: Columbus, OH. February 11, 2014.

Presenter, “Trans* and Gender Nonconforming People in College Environments” – Ohio State University, Park Stradley Residence Hall Faculty Speaker Series. October 25, 2013.

Presenter, “Gender/Sexuality: It’s a Tricky Maze” – Ohio State University, Lambda LGBT Greek Life Education Series: Columbus, OH. April 15, 2013.

Presenter, “Did It Hurt? Racialized Histories of Tattooed Women’s Bodies in the U.S.” – Ohio State University, Delta Xi Phi Cultural Event Series: Columbus, OH. March 19, 2013.

Presenter, “Locked Up and Locked Out: The Criminalization of LGBT Youth” – OSU Diversity & Identity Studies Collective (DISCO) Grad Caucus Brown Bag Graduate Series: Columbus, OH. March 7, 2013.

Panelist, “Equality on the Line: Local Food Culture and a Story of Bystander Intervention” – The Food and Culture Colloquium, Dennison University: Granville, OH. January 23, 2013.

Invited Presenter. “Unconventional Careers: International Work and Volunteering in a Changing World” – Work It! Career Conference, Eastern Washington University: Spokane, WA. May 10, 2009 and May 7, 2010.

Invited Presenter/Facilitator. “Creating Pathways for Community Partnership in Sexual Assault Advocacy & Prevention” – Executive Training at the 2008 Manager’s Institute for the Washington Coalition for Sexual Assault Prevention: Spokane, WA, USA. May 18, 2008.

Panelist, “Coming Out” – panel presentation for “Gay and Lesbian Issues in Social Work” MSW course, Eastern Washington University: Spokane, WA. April 18, 2007.

Workshop Coordinator, “Safer Sex: Women Who Have Sex With Women” – open student body presentation sponsored by LGBTA Student Organization, Eastern Washington University: Spokane, WA. November 9, 2006.

Presenter, “Did It Hurt?: Gender, Pain, and Tattooing” – Women’s Studies Program Brown Bag Lunch Series, Eastern Washington University: Cheney, WA. October 31, 2006.

Presenter, “Lesbian and Gay Identity and Politics in Washington” – Pride Week Speaker’s Series, Washington State University: Pullman, WA. April 12, 2006.

Presenter, “Queer Issues in Social Work” – panel presentation for “Diversity and Social Work” MSW course, Eastern Washington University: Cheney, WA. March 20, 2006.

Panelist, “Campus as Closet: the LGBT Experience at Gonzaga University” – LGBT Awareness and Education Series, Gonzaga University: Spokane, WA. December 5, 2005.

Panelist, “Free Speech in the University” – Panel Discussion, Gonzaga University. Spokane, WA. January 20, 2001.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZING EXPERIENCE

Local Arrangements Committee Member, Transnational Feminisms Summer Institute, The Ohio State University, 2014

Organizing Committee Member, 2nd Queer Places, Practices, and Lives, The Ohio State University, 2014

Organizing Committee Member, Annual Work It! Career Conference. Eastern Washington University, 2009-2012

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

Peer Reviewer, Sexualities, 2015-present
Co-Chair, Graduate Caucus, National Women’s Studies Association, 2014-2017
Peer Reviewer, Studies in European Cinema, 2015

SERVICE TO THE INSTITUTION

Applicant Reviewer, OSU Council of Graduate Students Career Development Grant, 2017
Speaker, Diversity & Identity Studies at OSU (DISCO) Graduate Caucus, 2013-2016

  • Co-organizer & Speaker, “Who Pays?: Debt and Finances in Undergrad and Grad Education,” 2016
  • Pedagogy Workshop, “Teaching About Diversity in the Classroom,” 2014

Invited Interviewer for Instructional Consultant, University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, 2015
President, DISCO Graduate Caucus, the Ohio State University, 2013-2014
Volunteer, Pride Center, Eastern Washington University, 2009-2012
Coordinator, An Evening of Women’s Empowerment, Eastern Washington University, 2011-2012
Member, Employer Relations Hiring Committee, Eastern Washington University, 2011-2012
Website Transition Coordinator, Women in Higher Education of Washington, 2011-2012
Judge, Mr. & Ms. Eastern Homecoming Competition, Eastern Washington University, 2011
Member, Student Affairs Budgetary Advisory Committee, Eastern Washington University, 2009-2010

SERVICE TO THE DEPARTMENT

Organizer, “Underrepresented Populations and the Academic Job Market: An Informal Conversation,”  2016
Representative to the Chair, Intersections: OSU Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Organization, 2015-2016
Co-Chair of Professional Development Committee, Intersections: OSU Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Organization, 2015-2016
Speaker/Mentor, Ohio State University Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 2013-present

  • Pedagogy Workshop, “Teaching About Difficult Topics: Violence,” Fall 2014
  • Organizer & Panelist, “Online Teaching Training,” Fall 2014
  • Mentor & Presenter, FemUnity Film Series: “Gender & Sexuality in Velvet Goldmine,” Spring 2014
  • Organizer & Moderator, “Emerging Research Roundtable: Dissertation Research,” Spring 2014
  • Organizer & Moderator, “Presentations for Academic Conferences,” Spring 2014
  • Organizer & Moderator, “Dissertation Prospectus Presentations,” Fall 2013
  • Pedagogy Workshop, “Introduction to Teaching for New TAs,” Fall 2013
  • Mentor, FemUNITY (Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Undergraduate Club), 2013-2014
  • Presenter, “Grad School Applications: Letter of Interest, CVs, and Selling Yourself,” 2014
  • Resume/CV Reviewer for Undergraduates Applying for Internships & Graduate School, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
  • Speaker, Eastern Washington University Women’s and Gender Studies Program, 2009-2015
  • Speaker, “What Can I Do With a Major In Women’s Studies? Anything!,” Winter 2015, Winter 2012, Fall 2011, Winter 2010, Spring 2010, Winter 2009
  • Secretary, Intersections: OSU Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Organization, 2013-2014

Representative to the Graduate Studies Committee, Intersections, the Ohio State University, 2013-2014
First Year Cohort Representative, Intersections, the Ohio State University, 2012-2013

SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

Proofreading/Editing Volunteer, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Northern Idaho, 2012-2016
Annual Masquerade Fundraising Committee Member, Odyssey LGBTQA Youth Center; 2009-2012
Volunteer, Planned Parenthood Public Education & Planned Parenthood VOTES; 2003-2009
Online Forum Moderator, FeministRage; 2003-2009
Volunteer & Event Coordinator, Stop the Clock/CounterCrisis Northwest; 2003-2006
Steering Committee Member, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane; 2005-2006
Steering Committee Member, PEACH Safe Foods; 2003-2004
Volunteer, People for Ethical Alternatives for Children’s Health (PEACH); 2002-2004
Safe House Volunteer, YWCA Alternatives to Domestic Violence Safe House; 2000-2001
Volunteer Sexual Assault Advocate, Lutheran Community & Social Services & Gonzaga University; 1999-2001

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association; 2015-present
Critical Ethnic Studies Association; 2015-present
American Studies Association; 2014-present
National Women’s Studies Association; 2004-2008 / 2014-present
ACPA: College Student International; 2009-2012
Directors of Volunteers in Agencies; 2007-2012
Inland Northwest Service-Learning Partnerships; 2008-2012
Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane; 2005 – 2008
People for Ethical Alternatives for Children’s Health; 2002 – 2008

ADMINISTRATIVE AND NON-PROFIT EXPERIENCE

Interim Associate Director
Eastern Washington University
June 2012-September 2012

Public Service Career Advisor
Eastern Washington University
September 2008-June 2012

Overnight Lead Shelter Staff
Volunteers of America Crosswalk
February 2006-February 2009

Communications Director/Illuminator
The Berkana Institute
May 2006-June 2008

Inland Northwest Equality Director
Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane
October 2005 to October 2006

Office Manager
Aspen Personnel Services
August 2003-September 2004

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