WICS logo Women in Conflict Studies (WICS)

A Scholarly Association of Women Who Engage in Scientific Research on International Conflict and Cooperation

  • WICS History and Purpose
  • Join the WICS Listserv
  • WICS Events
  • WICS Participants
  • WICS Participants Seeking Faculty Positions
  • Contact WICS
  • Other Useful Links

WICS History and Purpose
WICS was born as a result of casual conversations among a small group of assistant professors. These women were puzzled by their perception that qualified women working in their area of research seemed to be dropping out of the discipline at a higher rate than men. They were concerned that the small numbers of women in their field did not seem to be improving at an adequate rate, so they agreed to invite some other women to gather at the 2001 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association to brainstorm about what they could do to help alter this trend. Eight faculty members participated in this initial meeting.

The group discussed a number of societal and institutional explanations that can help to account for the low numbers of women following and succeeding in this career path. They agreed that discipline-wide and university-wide women's caucuses are strong advocates for policy change on issues that disproportionately affect women. There was also agreement, however, that networking, support, and mentoring make a big difference in the probability that women choose to continue in academia and that providing opportunities for networking and mentoring was a role that a small group of women working in a similar research area could play. Their solution was WICS.

In essence, the primary goal of WICS is to help integrate women into the profession early, and to provide women with an additional source of contacts working in the same general research area with whom they can collaborate and exchange feedback on their work, as well as gain advice on professional matters, both gender related and non-gender related. Since 2001, we have hosted gatherings at major conferences at least twice per year. In addition, we maintain two listservs, one for faculty members and one for graduate students, that encourage discussion and interaction regarding professional matters.

Our members are women who study international conflict and cooperation. Most are affiliated with political science or international studies departments at academic institutions. Many are also members of the International Studies Association and/or the American Political Science Association. As of August, 2017, our faculty listserv has 285 members, and our graduate student listserv has 293 members.

We believe that a sense of community is important in integrating young women into our profession, and that women who have the opportunity to get to know other women working in their area of research are more likely to be both successful and satisfied. WICS hopes to complement the variety of venues available for professional socialization, networking, and mentoring by providing another outlet aimed to encourage and support the participation of women in our field.

Join the WICS Listserv
WICS operates two listservs, one for women in faculty positions and one for female graduate students. Both listservs serve as forums for discussion and networking as well as venues through which we coordinate and announce upcoming gatherings. We welcome all women who are engaged in scientific research on international conflict and cooperation to join the WICS listservs.

To join the WICS faculty listserv, go to https://mailman.rice.edu/mailman/listinfo/irwomen-l or email WICS@rice.edu.

To join the WICS graduate student listserv, go to https://mailman.rice.edu/mailman/listinfo/wicsgrads-l or email WICS@rice.edu.

WICS also has a facebook group.

WICS Events
  • Journeys in World Politics: A Workshop Sponsored by the University of Iowa
    Kelly Kadera and Sara McLaughlin Mitchell are hosting a series of workshops for female scholars of world politics. The Journeys workshop brings together junior and senior women working in IR. The weekend experience is highlighted by:
    • Research presentations by junior scholars
    • Feedback on research from conference participants
    • Sessions on career and gender topics
    • Oral autobiographies by senior scholars

WICS Faculty Participants
The following women have volunteered to be listed on this website. If you would like to be listed, please contact WICS.
Lamis Abdelaaty, Syracuse University, labdelaa@maxwell.syr.edu
Emily Acevedo, California State University Los Angeles, eaceved3@calstatela.edu
Fiona B. Adamson, SOAS, University of London, fa33@soas.ac.uk
Belgin San Akca, Koc University, bakca@ku.edu.tr
Deniz Aksoy, Washington University in St. Louis, denizaksoy@wustl.edu
Susan Allen, University of Mississippi, shallen@olemiss.edu
Mary Beth Altier, New York University, marybeth.altier@nyu.edu

Kristin M. Bakke, University College London, kmbakke@ucl.ac.uk
Katherine Barbieri, University of South Carolina, katherine.barbieri@sc.edu
Naazneen H. Barma, Naval Postgraduate School, nhbarma@nps.edu
Bethany Barratt, Roosevelt University, bbarratt@roosevelt.edu
Regina Bateson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, bateson@mit.edu
Lorraine Bayard de Volo, University of Colorado, LBDV@colorado.edu
Anne Marie Baylouny, Naval Postgraduate School, ambaylou@nps.edu
A. Burcu Bayram, University of Arkansas, bayram@uark.edu
Laura N. Bell, West Texas A&M University, lbell@wtamu.edu
Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch, Suffolk University, michalbjh@suffolk.edu
Michelle A. Benson, University at Buffalo, SUNY, mbenson2@buffalo.edu
Marie Besancon, Homes for Sudan, mariebesancon@gmail.com
Rebecca Best, University of Missouri at Kansas City, bestrh@umkc.edu
Tavishi Bhasin, Kennesaw State University, tbhasin@kennesaw.edu
Johanna K. Birnir, University of Maryland, jkbirnir@umd.edu
Shannon L. Blanton, University of Alabama at Birmingham, slblanton@uab.edu
Kanisha Bond, University of Maryland, kanisha@umd.edu
Inken von Borzyskowski, Florida State University, i.Borzyskowski@fsu.edu
Carew E. Boulding, University of Colorado, carew.boulding@colorado.edu
Jessica Maves Braithwaite, University of Arizona, jbraith@arizona.edu
Dawn Brancati, Washington University-St. Louis, brancati@wustl.edu
Marijke Breuning, University of North Texas, marijke.breuning@unt.edu
Sarah Bush, Yale University, sarah.bush@yale.edu
Charity Butcher, Kennesaw State University, cbutche2@kennesaw.edu
Rachel Bzostek, University of Texas at Tyler, rachel_bzostek@uttyler.edu

Susanna Campbell, American University, susanna.campbell@american.edu
Mary Caprioli, University of Minnesota-Duluth, mcapriol@d.umn.edu
Sabine C. Carey, University of Mannheim, sabine.carey@uni-mannheim.de
Lisa Carlson, University of Idaho, lcarl@uidaho.edu
Suparna Chaudhry, Christopher Newport University, suparna.chaudhry@cnu.edu
Erica Chenoweth, Harvard Kennedy School, contact
Menevis Cilizoglu, St. Olaf College, menevisc@stolaf.edu
Karisa Cloward, Southern Methodist University, kcloward@smu.edu
Dara Kay Cohen, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, dara_cohen@hks.harvard.edu
Courtenay Conrad, University of California, Merced, cconrad2@ucmerced.edu
Sarah E. Croco, University of Maryland, scroco@umd.edu
Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham, University of Maryland, kgcunnin@umd.edu

Xinyuan Dai, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, xdai@uiuc.edu
Sarah Zukerman Daly, University of Notre Dame, sarahdaly@nd.edu
Vesna Danilovic, University at Buffalo, SUNY, vesna@buffalo.edu
Christina Davis, Princeton University, cldavis@princeton.edu
Ursula Daxecker, University of Amsterdam, u.daxecker@uva.nl
Erica De Bruin, Hamilton College, edebruin@hamilton.edu
Jacqueline DeMeritt, University of North Texas, jdemeritt@unt.edu
Tijen Demirel-Pegg, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), tipegg@iupui.edu
Jennifer M. Dixon, Villanova University, jennifer.m.dixon@villanova.edu
Amanda Donahoe, Centenary College of Louisiana, adonahoe@centenary.edu
Daniela Donno, University of Pittsburgh, donno@pitt.edu

Kristine Eck, Uppsala University, kristine.eck@pcr.uu.se
Barbara Elias, Bowdoin College, belias@bowdoin.edu
Jennifer L. Erickson, Boston College, jennifer.erickson.2@bc.edu
Chelsea Estancona, University of South Carolina, estancon@mailbox.sc.edu
Andrea Everett, University of California, Santa Cruz, anlevere@ucsc.edu

Songying Fang, Rice University, sfang@rice.edu
Tanisha Fazal, University of Minnesota, fazal007@umn.edu
Katharine M. Floros, University of Illinois at Chicago, kmfloros@uic.edu
Virginia Page Fortna, Columbia University, vpf4@columbia.edu
Allison Frendak-Blume, George Mason University, afrendak@gmu.edu

Maryann Gallagher, University of Georgia, mgallag@uga.edu
Faten Ghosn, University of Arizona, fghosn@email.arizona.edu
Desha M. Girod, Georgetown University, dmg78@georgetown.edu
Theodora-Ismene Gizelis, University of Essex, tig@essex.ac.uk
Anita Gohdes, University of Zurich, gohdes@ipz.uzh.ch
Jill Goldenziel, Marine Corps University, jgoldenziel@gmail.com
Joanne Gowa, Princeton University, jgowa@princeton.edu
Kelly M. Greenhill, Tufts and Harvard Universities, kelly_greenhill@harvard.edu
Alexandra Guisinger, Temple University, alexandra.guisinger@temple.edu
Holly L. Guthrey, Uppsala University, holly.guthrey@valentin.uu.se

Roos Haer, Leiden University, r.van.der.haer@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Yao Han, Tsinghua University, University College Dublin, hanyao85@gmail.com
Jillienne Haglund, University of Kentucky, jill.haglund@uky.edu
Wendy L. Hansen, University of New Mexico, wlhansen@unm.edu
Heidi Hardt, University of California, Irvine, hhardt@uci.edu
Caroline A. Hartzell, Gettysburg College, chartzel@gettysburg.edu
Marina Henke, Northwestern University, marina.henke@northwestern.edu
Courtney Hillebrecht, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, chillebrecht2@unl.edu
Stephanie Hofmann, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, stephanie.hofmann@graduateinstitute.ch
Jennifer S. Holmes, University of Texas at Dallas, jholmes@utdallas.edu
Reyko Huang, Texas A&M University, rhuang@tamu.edu
Natalie Florea Hudson, University of Dayton, nhudson1@udayton.edu
Susan D. Hyde, Yale University, susan.hyde@yale.edu

Zaryab Iqbal, Pennsylvania State University, iqbal@psu.edu

Amira Jadoon, United States Military Academy at West Point, amira.jadoon@usma.edu
Corinna Jentzsch, Leiden University, c.jentzsch@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Kristin Johnson, University of Rhode Island, kristin_johnson@mail.uri.edu
Tana Johnson, Duke University, tana.johnson@duke.edu
Danielle Jung, Emory University, danielle.jung@emory.edu

Kelly M. Kadera, University of Iowa, kelly-kadera@uiowa.edu
Christina Kiel, Tulane University, ckiel1@tulane.edu
Anessa L. Kimball, Universite Laval, anessa.kimball@pol.ulaval.ca
Helen M. Kinsella, University of Wisconsin-Madison, hkinsella@wisc.edu
Shanna A. Kirschner, Allegheny College, skirschn@allegheny.edu
Katja B. Kleinberg, Binghamton University (SUNY), kkleinbe@binghamton.edu
Jiyoung Ko, Bates College, jko@bates.edu
Nina A. Kollars, Franklin and Marshall College, nkollars@fandm.edu
Jana Krause, University of Amsterdam, j.krause@uva.nl
Sarah E. Kreps, Cornell University, sarah.kreps@cornell.edu

Janet Laible, Lehigh University, jml6@lehigh.edu
Milli Lake, London School of Economics, millilake@gmail.com
Catherine Langlois, Georgetown University, langlois@georgetown.edu
Chia-yi Lee, Nanyang Technological University, iscylee@ntu.edu.sg
Melissa M. Lee, Princeton University, melissa.lee@princeton.edu
Su-Mi Lee, University of Hawaii at Hilo, sumilee@hawaii.edu
Brett Ashley Leeds, Rice University, leeds@rice.edu
Vanessa A. Lefler, Middle Tennessee State University, Vanessa.Lefler@mtsu.edu
Janet I. Lewis, US Naval Academy, jlewis@usna.edu
Amanda A. Licht, Binghamton University, aalicht@gmail.com
Cyanne E. Loyle, Indiana University, cloyle@indiana.edu
Aliza Luft, UCLA, aluft@soc.ucla.edu
Danielle Lupton, Colgate University, dlupton@colgate.edu

Hoda Mahmoudi, University of Maryland, mahmoudi@umd.edu
Sylvia Maier, New York University, sm173@nyu.edu
Andrea Malji, Hawaii Pacific University, amalji@hpu.edu
Anne Mandeville, Universite des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse, anmandevi@aol.com
Zoe Marks, University of Edinburgh, zoe.marks@ed.ac.uk
Carla Martinez Machain, Kansas State University, carlamm@ksu.edu
Aila Matanock, University of California, Berkeley, matanock@berkeley.edu
Michaela Mattes, University of California, Berkeley, m.mattes@berkeley.edu
Eleonora Mattiacci, Amherst College, emattiacci@amherst.edu
Elena McLean, University at Buffalo, SUNY, elenamcl@buffalo.edu
Roseanne McManus, Pennsylvania State University, Roseanne.McManus@psu.edu
Rupal Mehta, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, rmehta2@unl.edu
Molly Mooring Melin, Loyola University Chicago, mmelin@luc.edu
Elizabeth J. Menninga, University of Iowa, elizabeth-menninga@uiowa.edu
Shawna K. Metzger, National University of Singapore, smetzger@nus.edu.sg
Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, University of Iowa, sara-mitchell@uiowa.edu
Sara Bjerg Moller, Seton Hall University, mollersb@shu.edu
Shweta Moorthy, Coalition of Communities of Color, shweta@coalitioncommunitiescolor.org
Layna Mosley, University of North Carolina, mosley@unc.edu
Amanda Murdie, University of Georgia, murdie@uga.edu

Desiree Nilsson, Uppsala University, desiree.nilsson@pcr.uu.se
Elizabeth Nyman, Texas A&M University at Galveston, enyman@tamug.edu

Elena Pokalova, National Defense University, elena.pokalova.civ@msc.ndu.edu
Sara Polo, Rice University, sara.polo@rice.edu
Emilia Justyna Powell, University of Notre Dame, epowell4@nd.edu
Kathleen E. Powers, Dartmouth College, Kathleen.e.powers@dartmouth.edu
Kathy Powers, University of New Mexico, kpowers1@unm.edu
Lauren Prather, University of California, San Diego, lprather@ucsd.edu

Shawn L. Ramirez, Emory University, slramirez@emory.edu
Karen Rasler, Indiana University, krasler@indiana.edu
Lindsay Reid, University of California, Davis, lreid@ucdavis.edu
Carrie Reiling, Washington College, creiling2@washcoll.edu
Christine Sixta Rinehart, University of South Carolina Palmetto College, sixta@mailbox.sc.edu
Emily Hencken Ritter, Vanderbilt University, emily.h.ritter@vanderbilt.edu
Laura Roost, Newberry College, Laura.Roost@Newberry.edu
Maria Rost Rublee, Monash University, m.rublee@monash.edu

Thania Sanchez, Yale University, thania.sanchez@yale.edu
Nukhet A. Sandal, Ohio University, sandal@ohio.edu
Amanda G. Sanford, Louisiana Tech University, asanford@latech.edu
Meredith Reid Sarkees, Global Women's Leadership in International Security, sarkees@sbcglobal.net
Anne E. Sartori, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, asartori@mit.edu
Nil Satana, University of Maryland, nsatana@umd.edu
Elizabeth N. Saunders, George Washington University, esaunder@gwu.edu
Burcu Savun, University of Pittsburgh, burcu@pitt.edu
Jamie Scalera, Georgia Southern University, jscalera@georgiasouthern.edu
Kaija E. Schilde, Boston University, kschilde@bu.edu
Mareike Schomerus, Overseas Development Institute, M.schomerus@odi.org
Livia I. Schubiger, London School of Economics, L.I.Schubiger@lse.ac.uk
Stephanie Schwartz, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania, srschw@upenn.edu
Kate Seaman, University of Maryland, kmseaman@umd.edu
Megan Shannon, University of Colorado, megan.l.shannon@colorado.edu
Debra Shushan, College of William and Mary, dlshushan@wm.edu
Jacqueline M. Sievert, Bowling Green State University, jsievert@bgsu.edu
Laura Sjoberg, University of Florida, sjoberg@ufl.edu
Heather Smith-Cannoy, Lewis & Clark College, hsmith@lclark.edu
Etel Solingen, University of California-Irvine, etel.solingen@uci.edu
Erin Snider, Texas A&M University, esnider@tamu.edu
Jessica Stanton, University of Pennsylvania, jstan@sas.upenn.edu
Megan A. Stewart, American University, mas7an@eservices.virginia.edu
Emily Stull, Asian University for Women, emily.stull@auw.edu.bd
Jun Koga Sudduth, University of Strathclyde, jun.koga@strath.ac.uk
Patricia Sullivan, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, tsulli@email.unc.edu

Caitlin Talmadge, The George Washington University, ct2@gwu.edu
Monica Toft, Oxford University, monica.toft@bsg.ox.ac.uk
Jessica Trisko Darden, American University, Trisko@american.edu

Felicity Vabulas, Pepperdine University, Felicity.Vabulas@Pepperdine.edu
Jana von Stein, Victoria University of Wellington, jana.vonstein@vuw.ac.nz

Barbara Walter, University of California, San Diego, bfwalter@ucsd.edu
Jessica L.P. Weeks, University of Wisconsin jweeks@wisc.edu
Jessica C. Weiss, Cornell University, jcweiss@gmail.com
Jenifer Whitten-Woodring, University of Massachusetts Lowell, jenifer_whittenwoodring@uml.edu
Krista E. Wiegand, University of Tennessee, kwiegand@utk.edu
Unislawa Williams, Spelman College, uwilliams@spelman.edu
Leah Windsor, University of Memphis, Leah.Windsor@memphis.edu
Amanda E. Wooden, Bucknell University, amanda.wooden@bucknell.edu
Cathy Wu, Old Dominion University, xwu@odu.edu

Laliya Yakhyeva, Florida Gulf Coast University, lyakhyaeva@fgcu.edu
Kathleen Young, University of Maryland, kyoung@gvpt.umd.edu
Amy Yuen, Middlebury College, ayuen@middlebury.edu

Corri Zoli, Syracuse University, cbzoli@maxwell.syr.edu

WICS Participants Seeking Faculty Positions
The following women seek faculty positions to begin in 2019. We provide this listing for informational purposes only. The listing is not exhaustive (candidates are listed by their request), and information is provided by the candidates themselves. Click on a candidate's name to be linked to her website. If you would like to be listed as a job candidate on our site, please contact WICS.

Caglayan Baser, (Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, expected 2019)
Dissertation: Impact of Women Insurgents in Rebel Groups: Rebel Strength, Foreign Sponsorship and Use of Civilian Violence

Rebecca V. Bell-Martin, (Ph.D., Brown University, expected 2019)
Dissertation: The Politics of Violence: Empathy and action amidst conflict

Molly Berkemeier, (Ph.D., Texas A&M University, expected 2019)
Dissertation: Trust in International Politics: The Role of Leaders in Nuclear Cooperation, Alliances, and Conflict Resolution

Caroline M. Brandt, (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, expected 2019)
Dissertation: Peace Agreements as Counterinsurgency

Jori Breslawski, (Ph.D., University of Maryland, expected 2019)
Dissertation: The Social Terrain of Rebel Held Territory

Tiffany Chu, (Ph.D., University of Arizona, expected 2019)
Dissertation: Examining the Conditions of Refugee Repatriation

Rebecca Cordell, (Ph.D., University of Essex, 2017)
Dissertation: Did 9/11 Change Everything? Security and Human Rights Trade-offs in International Cooperation

Agatha S. Hultquist, (Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2018)
Dissertation: To Campaign, Protest, or Take up Arms: Ethnic Minority Strategies under the Shadow of Ethnic Majority Fragmentation

Shelli Israelsen, (Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington, 2018)
Dissertation: Gender in Conflict: A Dynamic Theory of Ethnonationalist Armed Groups' Recruitment and Non-recruitment of Female Combatants

Jaime Jackson, (Ph.D., University of California, Davis, expected 2019)
Dissertation: Mobilizing for Change: The Influence of External Support on Violent and Nonviolent Conflict Dynamics

Samji Jeong, (Ph.D., University of Arizona, expected 2019)
Dissertation: Negotiation in the Street: Domestic Protests and International Bargaining Outcomes

Minnie M. Joo, (Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, expected 2019)
Dissertation: Inside Rebel Groups: The Goals, Industrial Organization, and Behavior of Rebel Groups

Suveyda Karakaya, (Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2013)
Dissertation: Religion and Conflict: What Explains the Puzzling Case of 'Islamic Violence' and Islamist Party Moderation?

Anita R. Kellogg, (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2017)
Dissertation: How the Power of Business Affects the Commercial Peace: Commercial Interests, Economic Interdependence, and Militarized Conflict

Melissa Martinez, (Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2018)
Dissertation: Naming and Shaming Non-State Organizations: Coercive State Capacity and its Effects on Human Rights Violations

Kara Neu, (Ph.D., University of Denver, 2018)
Dissertation: Defections and Democracy: Explaining Military Loyalty Shifts and Their Impacts on Post-Protest Political Change

Anna R. Oltman, (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, expected 2019)
Dissertation: Protection Misdirection: Refugee Politics and Domestic Institutions in the Developed World

Melda Ozsut, (Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2018)
Dissertation: Rentier States and Conflict: New Concepts, Different Perspectives

Kate Perry, (Ph.D., University of Missouri, expected 2019)
Dissertation: Feeding the Beast: Macroeconomic Drivers of Leadership Responses to Foreign Policy Actions and the Consequential Rise in Sex Trafficking of Women

Katharine Petrich, (Ph.D., Northeastern University, expected 2019)
Dissertation: The Resilient Terrorist: How Criminal Diversification Impacts Longevity, Durability, and Target Selection of Terrorist Groups

Anouk S. Rigterink, (Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science, 2014)
Dissertation: Essays of Violent Conflict in Developing Countries

Rebecca E. Schiel, (Ph.D., University of Central Florida, expected 2018)
Dissertation: The Conditionality of Vulnerability: Three Analyses of Risk and Opportunity in Civil-Military Relations

Madison Schramm, (Ph.D., Georgetown University, expected 2019)
Dissertation: Making Meaning and Making Monsters: Democracies, Personalist Regimes, and International Conflict

Clara Suong, (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, expected 2018)
Dissertation: In the Name of National Interest: Persuasion by Democratic Coercion and Delegation in Security Politics

Lucia Tiscornia, (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, expected 2019)
Dissertation: Who calls the shots? Police Reform and Criminal Violence in Post-Conflict Contexts

Kimberly Turner, (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, expected 2019)
Dissertation: The Education Bulge: Higher Education and the Road to Mass Protest

Yaping "Frances" Wang, (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2018)
Dissertation: The Dog That Barks: Understanding Propaganda Campaigns on Territorial Disputes

Carly Wayne, (Ph.D., University of Michigan, expected 2019)
Dissertation: Risk or Retribution: the Micro-foundations of State Counterterror Policies

Kaitlyn Webster, (Ph.D., Duke University, expected 2019)
Dissertation: Rethinking Civil War Onset and Escalation

Ketian Zhang, (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
Dissertation: Calculating Bully — Explaining Chinese Coercion

Contact WICS
If you would like to receive more information about WICS or would like to share announcements or ideas with WICS participants, please email WICS@rice.edu. You will also find individual participant contact information here.

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Women in International Security (WIIS)

American Association of University Women

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