Gender and Private Security in Global Politics
Edited by Maya Eichler
Maya Eichler is Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement and Assistant Professor of Political Studies and Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.
Bianca Baggiarini is a PhD candidate in sociology at York University, Toronto. Her research interests lie in feminist critical security studies, citizenship studies, and international political sociology. Her PhD dissertation examines how states respond to the "crisis of military sacrifice" in late modern, biopolitical societies. She has published on the gendered and socio-political effects of military privatization in Gendered Perspectives on Conflict and Violence (2013) and St. Anthony's International Review (2014) and has as a forthcoming (2015) article on military drones and sacrifice, which will appear as part of a special issue on Mimetic Theory and International Studies in the Journal of International Political Theory.
Isabelle V. Barker is an Assistant Dean at Bryn Mawr College. She has a PhD in Political Science, and has research interests in immigration, feminist political economy, and political theory. She has published on topics ranging from geopolitics and women's human rights to the rise of global Pentecostalism as a response to dilemmas of social reproduction produced by neoliberal economic restructuring.
Amanda Chisholm recently completed her PhD in international relations at the University of Bristol. Her dissertation focuses on Gurkhas in PMSCs and examines how reproductions of colonial histories and raced and gendered practices underpin representations of Gurkhas' labor. She has published articles on this topic in the International Feminist Journal of Politics and in Security Dialogue. Since completing her PhD, Amanda has taken up the position as lecturer in International Relations at Newcastle University. Her research continues to be motivated by the ways in which colonial histories, race and gender condition and discipline military and security labor globally.
Maya Eichler is Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement and assistant professor in the Department of Political and Canadian Studies and the Department of Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax). Her research focuses on feminist International Relations theory, gender and the armed forces, the privatization of military security, and post-Soviet politics. She has published the book Militarizing Men: Gender, Conscription, and War in Post-Soviet Russia with Stanford University Press (2012) and recent articles in Critical Security Studies, Citizenship Studies, Brown Journal of World Affairs, and International Journal. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the International Feminist Journal of Politics.
Chris Hendershot is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at York University. His dissertation is entitled Corpses, Guns, Penises, and Private Military and Security Corporations. This project undertakes a post-human, queer, and feminist analysis of the work that PMSCs do for and through privatizing, militarizing, securing, and commercializing processes.
Paul Higate is Reader in Gender & Security at the School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol. He has researched the gendered culture of the military, the transition from military to civilian life, and gendered relations in Peace Support Operations. He is a former Fellow of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Global Uncertainties Programme with a project entitled: "Mercenary Masculinities Imagine Security: The Case of the Private Military Security Contractor."
Jutta Joachim is associate professor of political science at the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.A. from the University of South Carolina. She is the author of Agenda Setting, the UN, and NGOs: Gender Violence and Reproductive Rights (Georgetown University Press 2007) and co-author of International Organizations and Implementation: Enforcers, Managers, Authorities and Transnational Activism in the UN and the EU: A Comparative Study (both Routledge Press 2008). Her current project concerns the role of private actors in security governance. Her articles have appeared in, amongst others, International Studies Quarterly, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, and the Journal of European Public Policy.
Anna Leander is Professor (MSO) in the Department of Management, Politics, and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School and Professor of International Relations, at PUC Rio de Janeiro. Her research focuses on commercial security and on the development of sociological approaches to international relations. Her she has recently published the edited volumes Business in Global Governance and Commercializing Security and articles in Global Constitutionalism, The Leiden Journal of International Law and The Review of International Studies.
Andrea Schneiker studied political science and sociology in Lille (France) and Münster (Germany) from 2000 to 2004. She received a Ph.D. in political science from the University in Münster in 2008 for her research on the self- and co-regulation of private military and security companies. From 2008 to 2013 she was assistant professor at the Leibniz University Hannover. She is currently junior professor for political science at the University of Siegen (Germany). She has published in, amongst others, the peer-reviewed journals Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Comparative European Politics, Security Dialogue (all co-authored with Jutta Joachim), Disasters, and VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.
Valerie Sperling is professor of political science at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include globalization and accountability, social movements, gender politics, patriotism and militarism, and state-building in the post-communist region. She is the author of Organizing Women in Contemporary Russia: Engendering Transition (CUP 1999), about the emergence and development of the Russian women's movement. Her newest book, Altered States: The Globalization of Accountability, was published in 2009 by Cambridge University Press. She is currently working on a project about the gendering of political youth activism in contemporary Russia.
Saskia Stachowitsch is a post-doctoral research fellow and lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Her research areas are gender and the military, private security, feminist international relations, security studies, and global political economy. Recent publications include Gender Ideologies and Military Labor Markets in the US (Routledge 2012); "Military Privatization and the Remasculinization of the State: Making the Link between the Outsourcing of Military Security and Gendered State Transformations" in International Relations (2013); and "Military Gender Integration and Foreign Policy in the United States: A Feminist IR Perspective" in Security Dialogue (2012).
Jillian Terry is completing a PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her doctoral thesis, supervised by Kimberly Hutchings, examines the contributions of feminist ethics to the burgeoning field of feminist security studies and the impact of feminist insights on the ethics of contemporary war practices including drone warfare, private military contracting, and counterinsurgency. Her recent publications include "The End of the Line: Feminist Understandings of Resistance to Full-Body Scanning Technology" with Stephanie Redden in International Feminist Journal of Politics (2013).
Ana Filipa Vrdoljak is Professor and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney. She was a contributor on women's issues to the European Commission funded research collaboration entitled "Regulating the Privatisation of 'War': The Role of the EU in assuring compliance with international humanitarian law and human rights (PRIV-WAR)." She has been Marie Curie Fellow and Jean Monnet Fellow, Law Department European University Institute, Florence, and visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, and Global Law School, New York University. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (in Law) from the University of Sydney.