Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2010
Postdoctoral Fellow Christine M. Labuski was awarded the 2009 SUNY
Press Dissertation/First Book Prize in Women’s and Gender Studies for "It Hurts Down There": An Ethnographic Exploration of Genital Pain Syndrome. The prize includes a publication contract with SUNY Press. She also has an essay forthcoming in Feminist Studies, titled "Vulnerable Vulvas: Female Genital Integrity in Health and Dis-ease."
Christine is a feminist anthropologist
whose work focuses most broadly on the body, particularly on the
relationship between cultural dynamics and physiological change. She
received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Her
examined the affective and material experiences of
penetratively-prohibitive vulvar pain in a group of
heterosexually-identified North American women.
Before studying anthropology, Christine worked
as a gynecological nurse practitioner, earning both a B.S. and an M.S.
in nursing. In addition to her abiding interest in sexuality and the
female body, her research interests include non-human (primate and
robotic) bodies, neurological and somatic anthropology, sexual
dimorphism and difference, the anthropology of biomedicine, whiteness
studies, and queer theory. She also maintains an active interest in
popular culture, including the politics, pleasures and perils of
Wal-Mart’s influence in the contemporary U.S. This last project is anticipated to come out in January 2012 in a volume from Routledge titled Walmart and the American Dream.
She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas.