Laura Sjoberg

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Laura Sjoberg
Education Bachelor of Arts
Alma mater University of Chicago
Occupation Associate Professor

Laura Sjoberg is a feminist scholar of international relations and international security. Her work specializes in gendered interpretations of just war theory, Feminist Security Studies, and women's violence in global politics.

She is author (with Caron Gentry) of Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Women's Violence in Global Politics (Zed Books 2007) and "Gender, Justice, and the Wars in Iraq," (Lexington Books 2006). She is editor of "Gender and International Security: Feminist Perspectives" (Routledge 2010), "Rethinking the 21st Century: New Problems, Old Solutions" (Zed Books 2009, with Amy Eckert), "Feminist International Relations: Conversations about the Past, Present, and Future" (Routledge 2011, with J. Ann Tickner), "Gender, War, and Militarism: Feminist Perspectives" (Praeger Security International, with Sandra Via), and "Women, Gender, and Terrorism" (University of Georgia Press 2012, with Caron Gentry).

Dr. Sjoberg is an Associate Professor of Political Science and affiliate faculty in Women's Studies at the University of Florida. She has previously taught and researched at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Duke University, Boston College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Brandeis University, and Merrimack College. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Gender Studies from the University of Southern California, and a law degree from Boston College.

Dr. Sjoberg is currently homebase editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics. She serves as the Chair of the International Studies Association Committee on the Status of Women. She has given invited presentations at the University of Florida Law School, Harvard University, Lancaster University, Virginia State University, the University of Virginia, Hollins University, the University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Southern California and Duke University, as well as at meetings of the International Studies Association, the American Political Science Association, and the National Women's Studies Association.

Her work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, the International Feminist Journal of Politics, Security Studies, International Studies Perspectives, International Relations, Politics and Gender, International Studies Review, Feminist Review, International Politics, and other academic journals and edited volumes. She is editor of book series at New York University Press on "Gender and Political Violence," and at Oxford University Press on "Gender and International Relations" (with J. Ann Tickner).

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  • Sjoberg, Laura. 2006. Gender, Justice, and the Wars in Iraq. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Sjoberg, Laura. 2006. The Gendered Realities of the Immunity Principle: Why Gender Analysis Needs Feminism. International Studies Quarterly 50(4):889-910.
  • Sjoberg, Laura. 2007. Agency, Militarized Femininity, and Enemy Others. International Feminist Journal of Politics 9(1):82-101.
  • Sjoberg, Laura. 2007. Gender and Personal Pedagogy. International Studies Perspectives 8(3):336-339.
  • Sjoberg, Laura and Caron Gentry. 2007. Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Women's Violence in Global Politics. London: Zed Books.
  • Sjoberg, Laura. 2008. Why Just War Needs Feminism Now More Than Ever. International Politics 45(1): 1-18.
  • Sjoberg, Laura and Caron Gentry. 2008. Reduced to Bad Sex: Narratives of Violent Women from the Bible to the War on Terror. International Relations 22(1): 5-23.
  • Sjoberg, Laura and Caron Gentry. 2009. “Profiling Terror: Gendering the Strategic Logic of Suicide Terror and other Narratives.” Austrian Journal of Political Science, 2008/2: 181-196.
  • Sjoberg, Laura. 2008. Scaling IR Theory: Geography's Contribution to Where IR Takes Place. International Studies Review 10(3): 471-499.
  • Sjoberg, Laura. 2009. Feminist Interrogations of Terrorism/Terrorism Studies. International Relations 23(1).
  • Sjoberg, Laura. 2009. Introduction to Security Studies: Feminist Contributions. Security Studies 18(2): 183-213.
  • Sjoberg, Laura. 2010. Women Fighters and the ‘Beautiful Soul’ Narrative. International Review of the Red Cross, 92(877) (March 2010): 53-68.
  • Sjoberg, Laura and Amy Eckert, eds. 2009. Rethinking the 21st Century: New Problems, Old Solutions. London: Zed Books.
  • Sjoberg, Laura, ed. 2010. Gender and International Security: Feminist Perspectives. New York: Routledge.
  • Sjoberg, Laura and Sandra Via, eds. 2010. Gender, War, and Militarism: Feminist Perspectives. New York: Praeger Security International.
  • Sjoberg, Laura. 2011. Gender, the State, and War Redux: Feminist International Relations Across the ‘Levels of Analysis’. International Relations, March 2011, 25(1): 108-134.
  • Sjoberg, Laura and J. Ann Tickner, eds. 2011. Feminist International Relations: Conversations about the Past, Present, and Future. New York: Routledge.
  • Sjoberg, Laura and Caron Gentry, eds. 2011. Women, Gender, and Terrorism. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
  • Sjoberg, Laura and Jessica Peet. 2011. A(nother) Dark Side of the Protection Racket: Targeting Women in Wars. International Feminist Journal of Politics 13(2) (July 2011):163-82.
  • Sjoberg, Laura. 2011. Emotion, Risk, and Feminist International Relations Research. International Studies Review, 13(4) (December 2011): 699-703.
  • Sjoberg, Laura. 2011. Looking Forward: Conceptualizing Feminist Security Studies,” Politics and Gender 7(4) (December 2011): 600-4.
  • Sjoberg, Laura. 2012. Gender Hierarchy, International Structure, and the Causes of War. International Theory 4(1) (2012): 1-38.
  • Sjoberg, Laura and Laura Shepherd. Trans-Bodies in/of Wars: Cis-privilege and Contemporary Security Strategies. Feminist Review, 101 (July 2012):5-23.

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