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Renée Cramer

Professor and Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs
Office Location: Howard Hall 203e

Renee Cramer's CV Fall 2022

Professor Cramer earned her Ph.D. in Politics from New York University in 2001 and has been a faculty member at Drake since 2006.  Her most recent book is based on 14 years of ethnographic and interview research into the politics of midwifery care.  Titled Birthing a Movement: Midwives, Law, and the Politics of Midwifery Care, the book was published by Stanford University Press in 2021. Stanford also published her second book,  Pregnant with the Star: Watching and Wanting the Celebrity Baby Bump in 2015. Professor Cramer has taught 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. 

Professor Cramer, her teenage son, their two dogs and one cat, live very close to the Drake campus.  She enjoys being outside, reading, cooking, 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, served, for the 2018/2019 academic year, as Faculty Senate President, and currently serves as Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs.


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