Risa Cromer

Risa Cromer

Assistant Professor // Anthropology

Affiliated Faculty // SIS // Critical Disability Studies

Affiliated Faculty // Administration

Office and Contact

Room: STON 219C

Office hours: Thursdays 10:30-11:30 or by appointment

Email: risacromer@purdue.edu

Phone: (765) 496-7422

Risa Cromer received her Ph.D. from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2016 and is completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the Thinking Matters program and Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. She will be joining the Purdue University faculty in Fall 2019.


Anthropology of Biomedicine, Feminist Science and Technology Studies, Reproductive Politics, Reproductive and Genetic Technologies, Tissue Economies, Evangelical Christianity, Social Movements, Mental Health, Veterans, United States

Risa Cromer is an anthropologist of biomedicine and feminist science and technologies scholar whose research investigates the intersections of reproductive medicine, technologies, and politics in the United States. Her current research brings ethnographic attention to bioethical controversies concerning the fates of frozen human embryos left over from in vitro fertilization procedures that are preserved for potential future use. Cromer's field sites span fertility clinics, stem cell laboratories, Christian adoption agencies, and long-term cryostorage facilities, through which she foregrounds how medical, moral, and market forces conspire in the management of life itself. Intersectional analyses of gender, race, disability, sexuality, and class are important to how she thinks, mentors, and teaches. She has a B.A. in Gender Studies from Willamette University and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Engaging in community challenges provides an essential complement to her formal training in anthropology. She has contributed to team research projects concerning mental health issues among veterans at the Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center (2013-2016) as well as in grassroots efforts around reproductive justice.

Extramural Grant Support: Cromer's research has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Brocher Foundation, Stanford University, and the City University of New York.

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