Monica J. Casper

Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Inclusion

Associate Dean Monica J. Casper

Monica J. Casper is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Inclusion in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, Professor of Public Health, and also an affiliated faculty member in the School of Sociology and Africana Studies

As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Casper is responsible for faculty affairs, fostering diversity and inclusion, academic program reviews, professional development and mentoring for faculty members and unit heads/directors, promotion and tenure policies and practices, and program development, including transdisciplinary initiatives. She is also tasked with coordinating and developing global initiatives within and across the College. More generally, she engages with SBS senior leadership to articulate the College's vision, mission, and strategic planning goals.

Dr. Casper's scholarly and teaching interests include gender, race, bodies, health, sexuality, disability, and trauma, with a particular emphasis on reproductive health and politics. She is the author of several books, including the award-winning The Making of the Unborn Patient: A Social Anatomy of Fetal SurgeryA co-edited volume, Critical Trauma Studies: Understanding Violence, Conflict, and Memory in Everyday Lifewas recently published by NYU Press. Dr. Casper’s monograph, Measure Every Grief: The Quiet Politics of Infant Mortality, is under contract with UC Press, in its new Reproductive Justice book series. She is founding co-editor, with Lisa Jean Moore, of the Biopolitics series at NYU Press and a founding co-editor of The Feminist Wire Book Series, a new collaboration with the University of Arizona Press.

In addition to her academic work, Dr. Casper is a managing editor/partner of The Feminist Wire and co-editor and publisher of TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism. Her creative writing has appeared in Mojave River ReviewSlow TrainsVine LeavesThe Linnet’s WingsMoonsick Magazine, and elsewhere. Her creative nonfiction essay "Oculus" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. 

Monica J. Casper received her B.A. in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1988 and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Francisco in 1995. In 1996, she was a Fellow in Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University and subsequently joined the sociology faculty at UC Santa Cruz. In 2003, she served as Executive Director of the Intersex Society of North America and from 2004 to 2008 directed the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Vanderbilt University. Just prior to joining the University of Arizona faculty, she taught at Arizona State University where, from 2008-2011, she directed the Division (now School) of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies.