J. Ann Tickner

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J. Ann Tickner
Born Judith Ann Tickner
1937 (age 80–81)
London, England
Nationality
  • American
  • English
Spouse(s) Hayward Alker (d. 2007)
Academic background
Alma mater
Thesis Self-Reliant Development Versus Power Politics (1983)
Academic work
Discipline Political science
Sub-discipline International relations
School or tradition Feminism
Institutions
Doctoral students Laura Sjoberg
Notable works
  • Self-Reliance Versus Power Politics (1987)
  • "You Just Don't Understand" (1997)
  • Gendering World Politics (2001)

Judith Ann Tickner (born 1937)[1] is an Anglo-American feminist international relations (IR) theorist. She is a distinguished scholar in residence at the School of International Services, American University, Washington DC,[2] which she recently joined after fifteen years as a Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California. Tickner served as president of the International Studies Association (ISA) from 2006 to 2007; whilst she was not the first female president of the ISA, she was the first feminist IR theorist to head the ISA. Her books include Gendering World Politics: Issues and Approaches in the Post-Cold War Era (Columbia University Press, 2001), Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving International Security (Columbia University Press, 1992), and Self-Reliance Versus Power Politics: American and Indian Experiences in Building Nation-States (Columbia University Press, 1987). On June 4, 1999, Tickner received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University, Sweden [3]

One of Tickner's most famous journal articles was the piece "You Just Don't Understand" (International Studies Quarterly (1997) 41, 611-632), which critiqued mainstream international relations theorists for the omission of gender from their theory and practice.[4] Whilst mainstream scholars argued that feminists should develop scientific, falsifiable theories, Tickner argued against this assertion, claiming that it misunderstood one of the premises of feminist IR. Most feminist IR theory takes a strongly deconstructivist approach to knowledge, arguing that theories reflect the gendered social positioning of their authors; they therefore questioned positivist ("scientific") methods for obscuring the gendered politics of knowledge construction. She favors a social, "bottom-up" method of analysis that makes the role of women in IR visible, as opposed to the usual scientific methodologies that are "top-down" and focus on traditionally masculinist subjects, including men, money, and war.

Tickner was married to Hayward Alker until his death in 2007.[5]

Feminist approaches to international relations are a phenomenon of the post–Cold War period. Feminist scholarly research began in the 1980s in various academic disciplines, from literature to psychology to history.

Published works[edit]

  • Feminism and International Relations: Conversations about the Past, Present and Future, ed. with Laura Sjoberg (Routledge, 2011).
  • Gendering World Politics: Issues and Approaches in the Post-Cold War Era (Columbia University Press, 2001).
  • Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving International Security (Columbia University Press, 1992).
  • Self-Reliance Versus Power Politics: American and Indian Experiences in Building Nation-States (Columbia University Press, 1987).

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lamb, Peter; Robertson-Snape, Fiona (2017). Historical Dictionary of International Relations. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 292. ISBN 978-1-5381-0169-8.
  2. ^ Mershon Center
  3. ^ http://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/traditions/prizes/honorary-doctorates/
  4. ^ Tickner, J. Ann (1997-12-01). "You Just Don't Understand: Troubled Engagements Between Feminists and IR Theorists". International Studies Quarterly. 41 (4): 611–632. doi:10.1111/1468-2478.00060. ISSN 0020-8833.
  5. ^ "In Memoriam: Hayward Alker > News > USC Dornsife". dornsife.usc.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-29.

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Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
William Thompson
President of the International Studies Association
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Jack Levy