Christine Labuski


Christine Labuski

Associate Professor


518 McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-2765


Department Membership



  • Gender and Sexualities
  • Medical/Cultural Anthropology
  • Feminist Science Studies

Professional Activities

  • Director, Gender, Bodies & Technology (conference and initiative at VT)
  • Member, Society for Social Studies of Science
  • Member, American Anthropological Association
  • Member, National Women’s Studies Association


  • PhD, The University of Texas at Austin, Anthropology (Women and Gender Studies portfolio)
  • MA, The University of Texas at Austin, Anthropology
  • MS, The University of Massachusetts Medical School-Graduate School of Nursing, Nursing.
  • BS, Fitchburg State College, Nursing

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    William E. Snizek Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Department of Sociology, 2015

    American Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant, American Association of University Women, 2015

    Claire Goldberg Moses award for the theoretical innovation, Feminist Studies, 2014.

    Selected Publications


    It Hurts Down There: The Bodily Imaginaries of Female Genital Pain (SUNY)

    The World of Walmart: Discounting the American Dream (with Nicholas Copeland) (Routledge)


    Labuski, Christine and Nick Copeland. “From Affective Shareholding to OUR Walmart: Organizing Labor in a Post-Union World.” nano: New American Notes Online, Issue 8 (December).

    Labuski, Christine and Colton Keo-Meier.  The (Mis)Measure of Trans.  Transgender Studies Quarterly, 2(1): 13-33.

    Labuski, Christine. 2013. Vulnerable Vulvas: Female Genital Integrity in Health and Dis-ease. Feminist Studies. 

    Meier, Stacey, Seth Pardo, Christine Labuski and Julia Babcock. 2013. Measures of Clinical Health among Female-to-Male Transgender Persons as a Function of Sexual Orientation. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

    Sponsored Research

    “(Wo)Men Working: Gender, Labor, and Vulnerability in the Bakken Oil Fields.” American Association of University Women. American Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant, $6000

    “(Wo)Men Working: Gender, Labor, and Extraction in the Bakken Oil Fields.” Institute for the Study of Culture and the Environment (ISCE). Summer Scholars Program; $13, 694

    “Airing Concerns: A Data-Driven Approach to Autonomous Vehicle Technology Ethics. Co-sponsored with the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Sciences (ICTAS). Co-PI. $40,000.

    Additional Information

    Current Projects

    • Gender in the Bakken Oil Field
    • Genital Excisions and Phantom Pain