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About Chris Bobel

Chris Bobel's scholarship lies at the intersection of social movements, gender, health and embodiment, or how feminist thinking becomes feminist doing at the most intimate and immediate levels. She is the author, most recently, of The Managed Body: Developing Girls and Menstrual Health in the Global South, winner of the 2020 Sociology of Development (ASA) outstanding book award. Her other books include The Paradox of Natural Mothering, New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation and Embodied Resistance: Breaking the Rules, Challenging the Norms and Body Battlegrounds: Transgressions, Tensions, Transformations (both co-edited with Samantha Kwan). She is also lead editor of the open access, Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies.

Chris is is past president of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

She finds what is often hidden, shamed and often sorely misunderstood -- sites where social norms, cultural anxieties and political agendas come to life-- an endlessly fascinating subject of inquiry. She is at work on a new ethnographic project exploring contemporary activism inspired by grief and trauma.


Present Professor, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts Boston

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Member, Menstrual Health & Gender Justice Working Group-Center for the Study of Social Difference
2015 - Present Member of the Editorial Board, Signs
2013 - Present Founding Member of the Editorial Board, Women's Reproductive Health
1998 - Present Member, National Women's Studies Association
1996 - Present Member, Sociologists for Women in Society
2006 - 2020 Past Board Member, Graduate Consortium in Gender, Culture, Women and Sexuality
2013 - 2015 Past President, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research
Past Department Chair, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston
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1993 - 1999 PhD, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee ‐ Urban Studies

Books (6)

Reviews of and Press Coverage about The Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies (10)

Reviews of "The Managed Body" (10)