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Risa Cromer

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Assistant Professor


Risa Cromer joins Purdue as an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue, Cromer was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in the Thinking Matters program and Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. She received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and graduate certificate in women's studies from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She holds a B.A. in gender studies from Willamette University.

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 works brings ethnographic attention to bioethical, legal, and political controversies concerning the fates of frozen human embryos left over from in vitro fertilization procedures. Her field sites span medical clinics, research laboratories, service agencies, and social movement organizations, among others. Intersectional analyses of the inextricable ties between gender, race, disability, sexuality, and class are fundamental to her scholarship, mentorship, and teaching. In her applied work, she contributes to team research projects on mental health services for veterans and grassroots efforts around reproductive justice.

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.