Review articles and Encyclopedia Entries
Additional online publications
Race, Justice and New Possibilities: 20 Years of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, (with Toni Haastrup), LSE WPS Forum, July 2020
The Future of LGBTQ Human Rights in the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, IPI Global Observatory, July 2019
How a UN Committee’s Ruling on Abortion in Ireland Holds Countries Accountable, Rewire News, Jan 2017
Did sexual orientation and gender identity play a role in the rejection of the Colombian peace deal?, LSE WPS Blog, December 2016
How We Are Failing Women and Girls in Humanitarian Emergencies, Rewire News. Feb 2016
5 things you didn't know about human trafficking, Rolling Stone, August 2014
The Fight for Universal Access to Abortion, Rewire News, April 2014
Sex Work is Work: A Conversation with Melissa Gira Grant, Bitch Magazine, March 2014
The missing group of victims in conflict-related violence, Women Under Siege, Dec 2014
Reproductive Justice through the eyes of an Abortion Doula, Rewire News, Feb 2014
Works in Progress
Queering Women, Peace and Security, book project in progress (chapters under review)
My forthcoming book reflects on how WPS practitioners understand supporting lesbian, bisexual and transgender women as a part of WPS work, and also looks to LGBTQ organizations to help define next steps for how to best collaborate across often siloed networks. variation, and to motivate future research in this area.
"Violence Against Gender and Sexual Minorities During Civil Conflict" (with Meredith Loken), under review
Research on armed conflict’s gender dynamics has expanded significantly in the past decade. Moving away from the singular conception of women as sexual violence victims, scholars broaden the theoretical and empirical scope of gender-based violence to include male victims, women perpetrators, and non-sexual harms. But research in this field and the international architecture established to prevent gender-based violence pay little attention to sexual orientation and gender identity. Where relevant scholarship and policy interventions exist, they are largely siloed from work on gender-based violence. We argue for the theoretical expansion of ‘gender-based violence’ as a conceptual, empirical, and analytic category informed by sexuality studies, concluding that this framework can contextualize and help explain targeted attacks against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people during conflict. We support this argument with novel, descriptive data on rebel violence, identifying at least 31 organizations that committed targeted abuses since 1980. We use these data to demonstrate that this type of violence is gender-based, to identify cross-conflict trends and variation, and to motivate future research in this area.
"LGBTQ issues in the classroom" with Jose Fernando Serrano Amaya and Samuel Ritholz, chapter for the Oxford Handbook of International Studies Pedagogy
Chapter will consider theoretical/ethical discussion of the topic, an overview of what is happening globally in terms of teaching LGBTQA Issues and examples of how instructors/students are handling LGBTQA Issues in the classroom.
"Nevertheless, they persisted. Feminist activism and the politics of crisis in Northern Ireland" (with Maria-Adriana Deiana and Danielle Roberts) part of special issue of Irish Political Studies
During political and economic crises gender equality concerns and the experiences of women and LGBT+ folks tend to be marginalised in favour of other political issues deemed of more urgency. At the same time, the logic of crisis works to obscure or accelerate ongoing processes that undermine the social, sexual, cultural and economic situations of diversely positioned women and LGBT+ individuals.
In Northern Ireland, we have seen these dynamics at play numerous times, from the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement to the longstanding crisis of devolved political institutions and in the context of Brexit (Pierson 2016, Deiana 2016, Gilmartin, 2019, Galligan, 2019), as well as the challenges presented by current global pandemic. In spite of these dynamics, women’s groups, feminist and LGBT+ activists, as well as progressive politicians, have continued to organise collectively to keep concerns and claims about gender+ equality and social justice onto the political agenda and public debate.
Mobilising feminist scholarship on the politics of crisis (Ahrens et al. 2018; Kantola and Lombardo 2017) and recent feminist analyses of Brexit (Dustin, Ferreira, and Millns 2019; Guerrina and Masselot 2018; Hozić and True 2017), this paper interrogates how feminist/LGBT+ grassroots activists in NI responded to ongoing challenges for gender equality, social justice and inclusion. Drawing upon in-depth interviews, the paper reflects on the politics of coalition-building and strategic feminist activism in response to the intersection between the breakdown of devolved institutions, the uncertainty over Brexit and the ongoing gendered challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 emergency. By foregrounding the contextual complexities of Northern Ireland’s post-GFA politics, the paper contributes to critical feminist engagements with the politics of global contemporary crises, interrogating explicit and unanticipated effects.
Queer Peace and Security Secrets, project affiliated with Secrecy, Power and Ignorance network (SPIN)
Lesbian feminist organizing has played a significant role in women’s peacebuilding work, including in anti-war and abolitionist organizing. Yet women’s lesbian and queer identities are continually silenced/erased in the history told about the women’s peacebuilding movement, and feminist strategies for resisting patriarchal violence. What can explain the silence about these lesbian and queer lives in the American and UK women’s peacebuilding movements? How does this silencing perpetuate heteronormative practices in gender, peace and security work? This project considers how queer people, especially women, in peace and security work continue to remain invisible even in work to promote a gender perspective in peace and security spaces. Ultimately, this project seeks to understand whether this invisibility of queer lives is the result of strategic secrecy or silencing or of ignorance on behalf of academic, activist and policy actors. Part of this work is also articulating the complex ways people align themselves with LGBTQ identities and how this has shifted historically when working in international security spaces such as the United Nations.