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Renee Cramer

Professor and Faculty Senate President
Office Location: Medbury 202
515-271-2870
renee.cramer@drake.edu

Professor Cramer's CV Fall 2018

Professor 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.

Professor Cramer teaches a wide range of LPS courses - including the introductory course (LPS 001) and the senior seminar (LPS 190). 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. 

When not teaching, she enjoys hanging out with her family: her husband and son, and their two dogs. She enjoys running and biking, garden, read, and cook, and going to see live music. And, she puts her life-long practice of yoga into use in courses that integrate embodied mindfulness and contemplative practice into the study of critical race and feminist positionality. 

Professor Cramer directs The Slay Fund for Social Justice, and is serving, for the 2018/2019 academic year, as Faculty Senate President.

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