Faculty & Staff
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
- Bobel, C. & Kwan, S. (Eds.) (2011). Embodied Resistance: Breaking the Rules, Challenging the Norms. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.
- Bobel, C. (2010). New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation. New Brunswick, NJ & London: Rutgers University Press.
- Bobel, C. (2002). The Paradox of Natural Mothering. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
- Bobel, C. (forthcoming). "The End of When in 'Telling Truths: Creative Writing on Motherhood and Mothering.'" Sheena Wilson and Diana Davidson, (Co-Editors). Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.
- Bobel, C. (2013). "Mothers and Daughters, Research and Family, Life and Loss: Reflections on Inseparability" Family and Work in Everyday Ethnography. Tamara Mose Brown & Joanna Dreby, Co-Editors. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
- Bobel, C. & Kissling, Elizabeth (Volume 40, Issue 2, 2011) Guest Eds. Special Issue of Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal "Menstruation and Representation."
- Bobel, C. (2009). "Resisting, But Not Too Much: Interrogating the Paradox of Natural Mothering." In J. Nathanson & L. Tuley (Eds). Mother Knows Best: Talking Back to Baby "Experts." Toronto: Demeter Press. (pp. 113-123). [Also reprinted in A. O'Reilly (Ed). Maternal Theory: Essential Reading 1976-2007. Toronto, Ontario: Demeter Press (pp. 782-791.)]
- Bobel, C. (2008). "From Convenience to Hazard: A Short History of the Emergence of the Menstrual Activism Movement, 1971-1992" Health Care for Women International, Vol. 29, Issue 7, pp. 738-754.
- Evans, M. & Bobel, C. (2007). "'I Am a Contradiction': Feminism and Feminist Identity in the Third Wave." New England Journal of Public Policy, Vol. 22, Issues 1 & 2 (pp. 207-222).
- Bobel, C. (2006). "'Take this Class if You Want to be Brainwashed': Walking the Knife's Edge Between Education and Indoctrination." Human Architecture: The Sociology of Self Knowledge (Sociology Department, University of Massachusetts Boston), Vol. IV: Special Issue, Summer (pp. 359-364).
- Bobel, C. (2007). "'I'm not an activist, per se, though I've done a lot of it': Doing Activism, Being Activist and the Perfect Standard in a Contemporary Movement." Social Movement Studies Vol. 6, Issue 2, pp. 147-159.
- Bobel, C. (2006). "Resistance with a Wink: Young Women, Feminism and the (Radical) Menstruating Body." In J. Lorber & L.J. Moore (Eds.). Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives from Birth to Death Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing (pp. 87-91.).
- Bobel, C. (2006). "'Our Revolution Has Style': Menstrual Product Activists 'Doing Feminism' in the Third Wave." Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, Vol. 54, Issue 4/5, pp. 331-345.
- Bobel, C. (2004). "When Good Enough Isn't: Mother Blame in The Continuum Concept." Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, Vol. 6, Issue 2, pp. 68-78.
- Bobel, C. (2001). "Bounded Liberation: A Focused Study of La Leche League International." Gender & Society, Vol 15, No. 1, pp. 130-151.
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.
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