The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Christine Labuski, an assistant professor of women’s and gender studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, for her research in the areas of gender, labor, and feminism.
Labuski’s research interests include critical body studies, transgender issues, feminism, feminist science studies and theory. She is the author of two books: It Hurts Down There: The Bodily Imaginaries of Female Genital Pain and (with Nick Copeland) The World of Walmart: Discounting the American Dream.
She is currently investigating the economic and bodily impacts on women of life and work in an oil field in North Dakota.
In April 2017 Labuski received the university’s Diggs Teaching Scholars Award, which recognizes exceptional contributions to the teaching program and learning environment. In 2014 she received the Claire Goldberg Moses Award for theoretical innovation in feminist studies, and in 2015 she received the William E. Snizek Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Labuski is the director of the Gender, Bodies & Technology conference and initiative at Virginia Tech. She is a member of the Society for Social Studies of Science, the American Anthropological Association, and the National Women’s Studies Association.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State College, her master’s from the University of Massachusetts Medical School – Graduate School of Nursing, and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.