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Krista Benson

Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies Department

241 Lake Ontario Hall
1 Campus Drive
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401
Phones: 616-331-8230


  • LIB 201: Diversity in the United States
  • ITC 100: Introduction to Intercultural Competence
  • LIB 325 LGBTQ Identities

Krista Benson is an Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University. They completed their Ph.D. in 2017 from Ohio State University in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 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.

They have published or have publications forthcoming on identity formation and cohesion among polyamorous people, the use of radicalized and gendered threats of sexual assault as normalizing devices for juvenile detention in popular culture, and an indigenous reproductive justice argument about the use of adoption for removal of Native children and the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (2013).


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