Christina Gerken

Office: 2259 Wiekamp Hall

Research Interests:

Gender, Sexuality and Race in U.S. Immigration

Cultural Citizenship and Community Building

Race, Gender, and Public Policy

Women of Color

Transnational Women’s Movements

Reproductive Rights

Courses taught:

Gender Studies

Research Methods in Women’s Studies

International Perspectives on Women

Gender, Sexuality and Race in Contemporary U.S. Immigration

Race and Reproductive Rights


Model Immigrants and Undesirable Aliens: The Cost of Immigration Reform in the 1990s. University of Minnesota Press. (2013).

“The DREAMers: Narratives of Deservingness in Pro-Immigrant Activism in the 21st Century.” American Studies: A Monograph Series, Universitätsverlag Winter. (2013)

“U.S. Immigration Policies: 1986-2008.” Immigrants in American History: Arrival, Adaptation and Integration. Ed. Elliott Robert Barkan. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 1503-1519.

“Neo-Liberalism and Family Values in 1990s Immigration Reform Discourse.” disClosure: a journal of social theory. 17 (2008): 45-71.

“The Color of Birth Control Politics: Race, Class, and Norplant.” McNeese Review of the Humanities. 43 (2005): 86-111.

Selected Conference Presentations:

“The DREAMers: Narratives of Deservingness in Pro-Immigrant Activism in the 21st Century." Annual Meeting of the German Association for American Studies. Mainz, Germany, June 2012.

"Reforming Immigration, Transforming America? Current Debates about “Illegal” Immigrant Students." Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Baltimore, October 2011.

“Feminist Pedagogy in a Post-feminist Classroom.” Michigan Women’s Studies Association Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. March 2011.

“Creating a Pathway to Citizenship for Undocumented Youth: Current Debates about the DREAM Act.” Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association: Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN. October 2010.

“‘Dwelling in the Shadows of the American Dream:’ News Media Representations of Latina Immigrant Mothers.” Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Conference. Grand Rapids, MI. March 2010.

“Motherhood, Migration, and the Media: Human Interest Stories about Latina Immigrant Mothers.” Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association: Annual Conference. Detroit, MI. October 2009.

“‘One Nation under Threat’: Changing Attitudes towards Immigration.” The Continuity of Change: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on North America. Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. July 2009.

“Women Migrants: Incorporating Gender into Migration Research.” Migration, Politics and Work. 9th International Conference. Trier, Germany and Dudelange, Luxemburg. June 2009.

“Population Control: From Family Planning Initiatives in the Third World to Immigrant Women in the U.S.” Gender and Society: Explorations, Discoveries, and Revelations in a Gendered World. Great Lakes History Association. Grand Rapids, October 2008.

“Diversity Sells: Images of Women of Color in Print Advertisements.” National Women’s Studies Association: Annual Conference, Cincinnati, June 2008.

“Controlling Women’s Bodies: A Brief History of Provider-Dependent Contraceptives.” Southern Regional Conference on the History of Science and Technology, Atlanta, April 2008.

“(Re)Making U.S. Identities Through Immigration Reform.” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Philadelphia, October 2007

“Migrants, Gender, and Sexuality: Family Values Rhetoric in Immigration Reform Discourse.” National Women’s Studies Association: Annual Conference, St. Charles, IL, June 2007.

“Denying the Importance of Race: The Neo-Liberal Discourse Surrounding U.S. Immigration Reform, 1995/1996.” Homeland In/Security: Race and Citizenship in the United States. New England American Studies Association, University of Southern Maine, September 2006.

“Who Should Be Allowed to Immigrate? The Heteronormative Logic behind the Family Reunification Discourse in 1995/1996.” Bodies and Borders: A Multidisciplinary Exploration of Gender, Sexuality, and Migration. Society for Latina/o Scholarship, Michigan State University, April 2006.

“Women’s Bodies as Embattled Spaces: Race and Gender in U.S. Welfare Reform.” The Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities: Annual Conference, Syracuse, March 2006.