Rita J. Trimble

Part-Time Lecturer in Africana, Gender, and Identity Studies


  • B.S., M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University


Rita Trimble has been part of OWU’s Women’s and Gender Studies faculty since 2013.  She has also previously taught in the Comparative Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments at Ohio State University.  She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Studies with a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Sexuality Studies from Ohio State in 2014.  Her dissertation research centered on a transnational network of religio-political organizations trying to shape national and international human rights debates regarding sexual and reproductive rights and religious freedom.  Her dissertation, Conceiving a “Natural Family” Order:  The World Congress of Families and Transnational Conservative Christian Politics, theorizes the affective power of family-based politics and discourses utilizing participant observation, interviewing, and textual analysis.

Research Interests / Areas of Interest / Expertise

Critical theory; intersectionality; gender and sexuality; globalization, human rights, and citizenship; transnational activism; biopolitics, demography, and population studies; American culture and religions.


  • “The Threat of Demographic Winter:  A Transnational Politics of Motherhood and Endangered Populations in Pro-Family Documentaries,” Feminist Formations 25(2) (2013).