Dr Megan Mackenzie

Senior Lecturer

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 9529

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Biographical details

MacKenzie’s research bridges feminist international relations, critical security studies and development studies. Her book, Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security, and Post-Conflict Development examines women’s participation in the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone and the challenges and insecurities they faced during the post-conflict reintegration process. MacKenzie is also working on a collaborative project focused on the impacts of transitional justice mechanisms. In particular, the project looks at the long-term effects of the truth and reconciliation commission in Sierra Leone and the extent to which it achieved its lofty objectives.

Before joining the department, MacKenzie was a lecturer of International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In 2009 she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Belfer Center for International Security and the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Research interests

  • Feminist international relations
  • International Security
  • Critical/Post International Development
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Transitional Justice

Teaching and supervision

Current Courses
  • GOVT2336 - Gender and Human Rights
  • GOVT6210 - Special Topics in International Studies
  • GOVT6304 - Development and World Politics

In the media

Regular contributor to The Duck of Minerva, a prominent international relations blog (http://duckofminerva.blogspot.com). This blog averages 17-18,000 hits per month.

MacKenzie, Megan. The Pentagon still needs a face lift. American Review May 2013.

MacKenzie, Megan. Overdue: Why it’s Time to End the US Military’s Female Combat Ban. The Daily Beast October 16, 2012.

MacKenzie, Megan. “Feminist Security Studies: A Narrative Approach” [review of the book of the same name by Annick Wibbin (Routledge 2010)] Journal of Contemporary European Studies Volume 19 Issue 4 (2011).

MacKenzie, Megan. “Bush Wives and Girl Soldiers: women’s lives through war and peace in Sierra Leone” [review of the book of the same name by Chris Coulter] (Cornell University Press 2010)] Signs Volume 36 No. 4 (2011).

MacKenzie, Megan. “Women, Gender and Contemporary Armed Conflict,” The International Studies Compendium Project. Summer 2010.

MacKenzie, Megan. The international politics of rape, sex and the family in Sierra Leone. Individual manuscript. (Institute for Security Studies: South Africa, September 2009)

Selected Invited Presentations

Invited to present to National Security Fellows at the Kennedy School, Harvard University on women in combat. February 2015.

Invited participant for the workshop Gender, Identity and the Postmodern State with J. Ann Tickner. Monash University, Melbourne Australia November 2014.

Invited expert by the United States Institute for Peace for the Missing Peace Symposium. United States Institute for Peace, November 2012.

Invited to launch my 2012 book at USAID, November 2012.
Invited by USAID to speak to speak about gender and post-conflict policy making. Washington, DC, February 2011.

Invited by the United States Institute for Peace to present on female soldiers and post-conflict policy-making. Washington DE, February 2011.

Invited by the Boston Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights to present on female soldiers in Sierra Leone. February 2011.

Invited to participate in the ‘Militarism and the Pacific’ workshop held by Teresia Teaiwa at Victoria University of Wellington November 2009.

Invited to present at “Women Armed and Dangerous?” Part of the Touching War Project directed by Christine Sylvester. Lancaster University, March 2009

Invited to present at “Breaking the Brass Ceiling: Legal Rights and Remedies for Women in the Armed Forces.” Harvard Journal of Gender and Law Conference. Harvard, March 2009

Invited to present on the “Women War and Security” panel with Cynthia Enloe and Carol Cohn at the National Council for Research on Women Annual Conference. New York, June 2009

Selected Grants

Women in Combat: a Comparative Analysis of Removing the Combat Exclusion. 2014. Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

Primary Researcher: Megan MacKenzie

Images and International Security, Danish Council for Independent Research $1,408,203.00
Director and primary researcher: Lene Hansen

Women and Post-conflict Transformation: Lessons of the Past, Implications for the Future, United States Institute for Peace Annual Grant, $112,372.00
Directors: Joyce Kaufman and Kristen Williams

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications

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Books

  • MacKenzie, M. (2015). Beyond the Band of Brothers: The US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  • MacKenzie, M. (2012). Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security and Post-Conflict Development. New York: New York University Press.

Book Chapters

  • MacKenzie, M. (2015). Gender and Post-Conflict Security [Forthcoming]. Handbook on Gender and War. United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2011). Security as the Exceptions: What Women Warriors Experience. In Christine Sylvester (Eds.), Experiencing War, (pp. 64-78). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). Securitization and de-securitization: Female soldiers and the reconstruction of women in post-conflict Sierra Leone. In Laura Sjoberg (Eds.), Gender and International Security: Feminist perspectives, (pp. 151-167). London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

Journals

  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). On 'Women in Battle'. Parameters (Carlisle).
  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). Women in combat: beyond 'can they?' or 'should they?': Introduction. Critical Studies on Security, 1(2), 239-242. [More Information]
  • Bevan, M., MacKenzie, M. (2012). 'Cowboy' Policing versus 'the Softer Stuff'. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 14(4), 508-528. [More Information]
  • MacKenzie, M. (2012). Let Women Fight: Ending the US Military's Female Combat Ban. Foreign Affairs, 91(6), 1-6.
  • Ben-Josef Hirsch, M., MacKenzie, M., Sesay, M. (2012). Measuring the impacts of truth and reconciliation commissions: Placing the global 'success' of TRCs in local perspective. Cooperation and Conflict, 47(3), 386-403. [More Information]
  • MacKenzie, M., Sesay, M. (2012). No Amnesty from/for the International: the Production and Promotion of TRCs as an International Norm in Sierra Leone. International Studies Perspectives, 13(2), 146-163. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2011). Their Personal is Political, Not Mine: Feminism and Emotion. International Studies Review, 13(4), 691-693. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). De-Securitizing Sex: War Rape and the Radicalization of Development in Sierra Leone. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 12(2), 202-221. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). Women, Gender and Contemporary Armed Conflict. The International Studies Compendium Project.
  • MacKenzie, M. (2009). Empowerment Boom or Bust? Assessing Women's Post-Conflict Empowerment Initiatives. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 22(2), 199-215. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2009). Securitization and Desecuritization: Female Soldiers and the Reconstruction of Women in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone. Security Studies (Quarterly), 18(2), 241-261. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Mackenzie, M. (2009). Violent Women, War Porn and International Politics: Making the Links. 50th International Studies Association Annual Conference ISA 2009, United States: International Studies Association.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2008). Sex and Security in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone. 49th International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco: International Studies Association.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2008). The Tyranny of Empowerment: Post-Conflict and the Reconstruction of the Neoliberal Subject. 49th International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco: International Studies Association.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). The Pentagon still needs a face lift. American Review, May.

2015

  • MacKenzie, M. (2015). Beyond the Band of Brothers: The US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  • MacKenzie, M. (2015). Gender and Post-Conflict Security [Forthcoming]. Handbook on Gender and War. United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.

2013

  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). On 'Women in Battle'. Parameters (Carlisle).
  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). The Pentagon still needs a face lift. American Review, May.
  • MacKenzie, M. (2013). Women in combat: beyond 'can they?' or 'should they?': Introduction. Critical Studies on Security, 1(2), 239-242. [More Information]

2012

  • Bevan, M., MacKenzie, M. (2012). 'Cowboy' Policing versus 'the Softer Stuff'. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 14(4), 508-528. [More Information]
  • MacKenzie, M. (2012). Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security and Post-Conflict Development. New York: New York University Press.
  • MacKenzie, M. (2012). Let Women Fight: Ending the US Military's Female Combat Ban. Foreign Affairs, 91(6), 1-6.
  • Ben-Josef Hirsch, M., MacKenzie, M., Sesay, M. (2012). Measuring the impacts of truth and reconciliation commissions: Placing the global 'success' of TRCs in local perspective. Cooperation and Conflict, 47(3), 386-403. [More Information]
  • MacKenzie, M., Sesay, M. (2012). No Amnesty from/for the International: the Production and Promotion of TRCs as an International Norm in Sierra Leone. International Studies Perspectives, 13(2), 146-163. [More Information]

2011

  • Mackenzie, M. (2011). Security as the Exceptions: What Women Warriors Experience. In Christine Sylvester (Eds.), Experiencing War, (pp. 64-78). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2011). Their Personal is Political, Not Mine: Feminism and Emotion. International Studies Review, 13(4), 691-693. [More Information]

2010

  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). De-Securitizing Sex: War Rape and the Radicalization of Development in Sierra Leone. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 12(2), 202-221. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). Securitization and de-securitization: Female soldiers and the reconstruction of women in post-conflict Sierra Leone. In Laura Sjoberg (Eds.), Gender and International Security: Feminist perspectives, (pp. 151-167). London, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2010). Women, Gender and Contemporary Armed Conflict. The International Studies Compendium Project.

2009

  • MacKenzie, M. (2009). Empowerment Boom or Bust? Assessing Women's Post-Conflict Empowerment Initiatives. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 22(2), 199-215. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2009). Securitization and Desecuritization: Female Soldiers and the Reconstruction of Women in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone. Security Studies (Quarterly), 18(2), 241-261. [More Information]
  • Mackenzie, M. (2009). Violent Women, War Porn and International Politics: Making the Links. 50th International Studies Association Annual Conference ISA 2009, United States: International Studies Association.

2008

  • Mackenzie, M. (2008). Sex and Security in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone. 49th International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco: International Studies Association.
  • Mackenzie, M. (2008). The Tyranny of Empowerment: Post-Conflict and the Reconstruction of the Neoliberal Subject. 49th International Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco: International Studies Association.

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