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Renée Cramer, Law, Politics & Society, Drake University

  • When: November 2, 2022, 12 pm
  • Where: Zoom: To register, contact Sophie Kofman at

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Renée Cramer earned her Ph.D. in Politics from New York University in 2001. Since 2004, she has been engaged in ethnographic and participant-observation field work with homebirth midwives, advocates for midwifery, and families who have had out-of-hospital births. Her book on this work, tentatively titled Attending to Birth: Expanding the Margins of Reproductive Care, is under contract with Stanford University Press. Stanford published her most recent book,  Pregnant with the Star: Watching and Wanting the Celebrity Baby Bump in 2015.

She teaches a wide range of Law, Politics and Society classes at Drake University. Her special topics courses include Law and Social Change, Reproductive Law and Politics; Critical Race and Feminist Legal Theory; and Contemporary American Indian Law and Politics, which draws on her prior research on federal tribal acknowledgment.  Her first book, on that topic, was published in 2005 by University of Oklahoma Press, under the title Cash, Color, and Colonialism: The Politics of Tribal Acknowledgment, and re-released in paperback in 2008.  Professor Cramer directs The Slay Fund for Social Justice, and served, for the 2018/2019 academic year, as Faculty Senate President.

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