Faculty & Staff

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Chris Bobel, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Women's Studies, College of Liberal Arts President-Elect, The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research
  • Telephone: 617.287.6781
  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall,05,00009

Areas of Expertise

Social constructions of the body/the politics of embodiment, motherhood and social change, feminist theories, and contemporary feminist health activism and menstruation


PhD, Urban Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MA, Speech Communication, University of Maine
BA, Speech Communication, Miami University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Chris Bobel is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her 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 of The Paradox of Natural Mothering, New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation and co-editor of Embodied Resistance: Breaking the Rules, Challenging the Norms. Her current project is an ethnographic study of menstrual health campaigns targeting school girls in the Global South. In short, she finds bodies, their taboos and feminist social change endlessly fascinating.

Courses Taught

WOST 100: Women & Society
WOST 210G: Gender & the Body
WOST/AMST 394L: Women in US Social Movements
WOST 370: Feminist Research Seminar
WOST 392: Women & Activism
WOST 400: Feminist Thought