Quick Bio

Krista Comer is an Associate Professor of English at Rice University, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, and author of Surfer Girls in the New World Order.  She has lived 20 years now on the Gulf Coast in Houston.

Krista is originally from the Four Corners area of the US Southwest but grew up mainly in California between the Bay Area and Oxnard. Krista lived a pretty off-the-grid countercultural life before she became a professor. Among other west coast haunts, she spent time on the Oxnard beaches, more as a swimmer than a surfer, but around surfers. She loves the US West & California, its outdoors, its beauty and people, its problems. She wrote Surfer Girls because she sensed in the mid-1990s there was a big topic brewing which she knew something about personally.

In the process of researching and writing the book she has come back to the places she cares about most, a little at a time. The women of Surfer Girls and The Institute for Women Surfers inspire her to inhabit again a life of the body.

Contact Professor Comer at kcomer@rice.edu