Lauren B. Wilcox

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Current Position: University Lecturer in Gender Studies, Deputy Director of the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, University of Cambridge, UK


Past positions: 


Charles and Amy Scharf Post-Doctoral Research Fellow  Johns Hopkins University. Department of Political Science. 2011-2013


EDUCATION

Ph.D.  Political Science. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. 2011.

       Subfields: International Relations and Political Theory. Graduate minor in Feminist Studies.

       Dissertation Title: The Body of International Relations

       Committee: Raymond Duvall (adviser), Ronald Krebs, Nancy Luxon and Naomi Scheman.


M.Sc.  International Relations.  London School of Economics and Political Science. 2004                

       With Distinction (highest honors).  

       Master’s Thesis: “Just and Manly Wars: Feminist Critiques of the Just War Tradition.”


B.A.   International Studies and Political Science. Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. 2003

       Summa cum Laude


BOOKS:        Bodies of Violence: Theorizing Embodied Subjects in International Relations. Oxford University Press. 2015.


ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS


"Practising Gender, Queering Theory" First View at Review of International Studies. 


“Drones, Swarms, and Becoming-Insect: Feminist Utopias and Posthuman Politics” forthcoming at Feminist Review, Special issue on Feminist Utopias and Dystopias.


“Embodying Algorithmic War: Gender, Race, and the Posthuman in Drone Warfare.” Security Dialogue 48:1 (2017), pp. 11–28.


“Securing Methods, Practicing Critique: A Review of Methods and Critical Security Studies.” International Studies Review, 18 (2016), pp. 702–713.

"Drone Warfare and the Making of Bodies out of Place" Critical Studies of Security 3:1  (2015)


"Bodies" in Making Things International I: Circulation. Ed. Mark Salter. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. 


"Explosive Bodies, Bounded States: Abjection and Suicide Bombing,”  International Feminist Journal of Politics (2013) 16:1, 66-85.


"Machines that Matter: The Politics and Ethics of 'Unnatural' Bodies." In Battlestar Galactica and International Relations, eds. Nicholas Kiersey and Iver Neumann. New York and London: Routledge, 2013. 


Dying is Not Permitted: Sovereign Power and Force-Feeding at Guantánamo Bay,” in Torture: Power, Democracy and the Human Body eds. Shampa Biswas and Zahi Zalloua. 101-128. University of Washington Press, 2011.


Beyond Sex/Gender: The Feminist Body of Security,” Politics and Gender 7(December 2011): 595-600


“Gender, Justice and the Ethics of War and Peace.” In The International Studies Compendium Project, eds. Robert Denemark et al. 2714-2731. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.


“Gendering the Cult of the Offensive.” Security Studies 18:2 (Summer 2009) pp. 24-40. Reprinted in Gender and International Security, ed. Laura Sjoberg, 61-82. New York: Routledge, 2009. 


RESEARCH INTERESTS

• Critical perspectives on International Relations

• Contemporary feminist/queer theory and international relations

• Technology and contemporary modes of warfare

• Just war theory and international humanitarian law

• Bodies, biopower and violence in practices of international security


INVITED PRESENTATIONS

"Crossing Borders, Securing Bodies: Trans- Bodies and the Politics of Borders and Mobility”

                  Plenary talk at “Borders: Mobilities and Technologies,” International Workshop at Queen’s University Belfast, November 15, 2013


“Body Counts: The Politics of Embodiment in Precision Warfare,” 

                  University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware April 20, 2012


“What the Body Does: Theorizing Hunger Striking and Bodily Agency in International Relations,” 

                   Johns Hopkins University, Department of Political Science, Baltimore, February 9th, 2012.


                   American University, Washington D.C. March 5th, 2012.


“Gender and Ethics in a Time of War,” Duke University, Durham, NC. March 19, 2007. 


AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS and OTHER RECOGNITION


Honoree of The North-East Circle, 2012, for the Bodies of Violence book manuscript. International Studies Association North-East Annual Meeting, Baltimore MD, November 2-3, 2012. 


2011 Cynthia Enloe Award Honorable Mention, International Feminist Journal of Politics award for an early career scholar, for “Explosive Bodies, Bounded States: Abjection and Suicide Bombing”


Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper Presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, for “Explosive Bodies: Suicide Bombing as Embodied Practice and the Politics of Abjection.”


Fred Hartmann Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper Presented at ISA-Northeast 2009, for “Dying is Not Permitted: Sovereign Power and Force-Feeding at Guantanamo Bay.”


Graduate Research Partnership Program grant, University of Minnesota, Summer 2009. With Nancy Luxon.


Political Science Department Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2004-2005.



SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND PARTICIPATION


“What the Body Does: Theorizing Bodily Agency and Hunger Striking in IR” Millennium Conference on Materialism and International Relations, Oct 20-22, 2012. London, UK.


“Spectacles of Surveillance: Body Scanning, Deviancy and the Eros of Informational Bodies” Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Diego, April 1-4, 2012


Discussant for the ISA-Northeast Circle honoring Ty Solomon’s Manuscript “The Affective Politics of American Foreign Policy Discourses”. International Studies Association-North East, November 3-4, 2011.


“Compulsory Visibility: Violence, Bodies and the Visual.” Paper presented to the International Studies Association-North East, Baltimore, November 4-5, 2010.


“Explosive Bodies: Suicide Bombing as an Embodied Practice and the Politics of Abjection.” Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, February 17-20, 2010.


“Machines that Matter:  The Politics and Ethics of ‘Unnatural’ Bodies.” Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, February 17-20, 2010.


“Queering IR.” Panel discussion at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, February 17-20, 2010.


“The State of Feminist Security Studies.” Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, February 17-20, 2010.


“Dying is Not Permitted: Sovereign Power and Force-Feeding at Guantánamo Bay.” Paper presented to the International Studies Association-North East, October 3-4, 2009.


Discussant for The North-East Circle, honoring Ann Towns and her work Women and States: Norms and Hierarchies in International Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) International Studies Association-North East, October 3, 2009.


Discussant for Panel entitled, “Critical Approaches to Theorizing Global Politics,” International Studies Association-North East, Baltimore, October 2-4, 2009.


 “Dying is Not Permitted: Theorizing Bodies and Pain in Force-Feeding at Guantánamo Bay.” Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, New York NY, February 15-18, 2009. 


 “Body Counts: The Politics of Embodiment in Precision Warfare.” Paper presented to the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, August 27-31 2008. 


“Technologies of the Body: Theorizing Embodiment and Contemporary Warfare.” Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA. March 25-29, 2008.


“Representing Civilians: The Politics of the Gender and Just War Debate.” Paper presented to the International Studies Association—Northeast Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 15-17, 2007. 


“Clean Bombs and Dirty Work: Embodiment and the Bomb’s Eye View.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Chicago IL, February 27-March 2, 2007. 


“Power, Ethics, and Identity: Realism and Agonistic Politics.” Paper presented at Millennium Conference on “Theory of the ‘International’ Today.” London, UK. October 21-22, 2006.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


Preparing Future Faculty: Year-long course at the University of Minnesota, 2007-2008.


Institute for Qualitative Research Methods, Arizona State University, January 2-12, 2007. 


Graduate Workshop on Interpretive and Relational Methodologies, ISA-NE, November 11, 2006.


Gender and Security Studies Workshop, March 27, 2007, Chicago, IL.


Feminist Security Studies Workshop, February 16, 2010, New Orleans, LA. 


SERVICE


Coordinator of MIRC, Minnesota International Relations Colloquium, 2007-2008, Co-Coordinator 2008-2009. Organized a weekly, interdisciplinary symposium of paper presentations from internal and external scholars.


Governing Council Member, International Studies Association—Northeast, 2006- present. Assistant Program Chair, 2009. 


Editorial Board Member, Millennium: Journal of International Studies. 2003-2004. 



COURSES TAUGHT

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

2013- Present. Course Director, MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, 


Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD


Summer 2013 POL 101: Political/Science/Fiction

Spring 2013 POL 326: Sex, Gender and War

Fall 2012 POL 202: War and Justice

Spring 2012 POL 206: Violence and World Orders

Fall 2011 POL 326: Sex, Gender and War


Macalester College, St. Paul, MN


Spring 2010 POLI 120: Foundations of International Politics

Fall 2009 POLI 321: International Security


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Spring 2010 POL 3835: International Relations Theory

Summer 2008 POL 3835: International Relations Theory


TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS (all at the University of Minnesota): 


Fall 2010      POL 1054: Repression and Democracy Around the World

Spring 2009    POL 4478W/5478: Contemporary African Politics and the Colonial Legacy

Fall 2008      POL 3835: International Relations Theory

Spring 2008    POL 3873V(honors): Global Citizenship and International Ethics

Fall 2007      POL 4885W/5885: International Conflict and Security

Spring 2007    POL 3835: International Relations Theory

Fall 2006      POL 4810/5810: American Foreign Policy and the War on Terror

Spring 2006    POL 3835: International Relations Theory

Fall 2005      POL 3835: International Relations Theory


TEACHING INTERESTS

 

• International Relations Theory

• International Security Studies

• Gender and International Relations

• Ethics of War and Peace

• Violence and World Orders

• Global Governance/International Law

• International Political Economy

• Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in IR

• Qualitative/Interpretive Methodologies