Krista Benson

Assistant Professor, Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department

241 Lake Ontario Hall
1 Campus Drive
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401
Phones: (616) 331-8230
Email: [email protected]


  • ITC 100: Introduction to Intercultural Competence
  • LIB 201: Diversity in the United States
  • LIB 301: Interdisciplinary Research Methods
  • LIB 325 LGBTQ Identities
  • LIB 326: Sexuality, Justice, and Advocacy
  • DS 340: Identity and Representation in Online Culture


Krista Benson is an Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies and one of the managing editors of Feral Feminismsan independent, inter-media, peer reviewed, open access online journal. Krista’s research and teaching interests center on the interconnections between colonialism, sexuality, gender identity, racism, and supporting marginalized youth and young people. They have published or have writing forthcoming in SexualitiesFrontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Journal of Homosexuality, Reproductive Justice and Sexual Rights: Transnational Perspectives (Routledge)and Expanding the Rainbow: Exploring the Relationships of Bi+, Trans, Ace, Polyam, Kink, and Intersex People (Sense). They are also working on a book. Their current project, The Kids Who Are(n't) There: Indigenous Youth, Child Removal, and Juvenile Detention, examines the ways in which heteropatriarchal gender norms are imposed on Native children through the system of "in state care," including children educated in compulsory state education, those fostered outside of tribal families, and those with contact with the juvenile justice system. This project sits at the intersections of women’s and gender studies, feminist indigenous studies, transnational feminisms, critical carceral studies, and childhood studies.




PhD, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University

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