Dissertation Defense by Jamie J. Hagen, Global Governance and Human Security PhD Program

Jamie J. Hagen headshot
Event Date: May 16, 2018 - 11 a.m.
Location: Integrated Sciences Complex, 4th Floor, Room 4300

Queering Women, Peace and Security

The aim of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) resolutions, beginning with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000, is to involve women in peacebuilding, reconstruction, and gender mainstreaming efforts by requiring states to incorporate a gender perspective in all peace and security work. However, the resolutions make no mention of masculinity and femininity nor lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LBT) women. This dissertation bridges feminist security studies scholarship with a queer security analysis to illustrate how binary and heterosexual assumptions in the WPS architecture have implications for whose stories are heard in the international arena as well as which woman are served by WPS programmatic work.

Through a discourse analysis of the WPS resolutions, key documents, and key informant interviews this dissertation seeks to answer how the WPS architecture operationalizes the categories “women” and “gender” and why this matters when it comes to integrating an attention to sexual orientation and gender identity in peace and security work. A queering of the WPS architecture also provides a new perspective for considering the possibilities and limitations of this critical work for global gender justice.


  • J. Samuel Barkin, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Chair
  • Kade Finnoff, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • C. Heike Schotten, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Laura Sjoberg, PhD, University of Florida

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